Assuming the responsibilities of leading Action Ministries in 2017, Kelley Henderson is the 4th Chief Executive Officer in the organization’s 50+ year history.
“Representing the needs of nearly 100,000 people each year across Georgia is a humbling responsibility,” says Henderson, “and my vision is that Action Ministries remain a beacon of hope for the poor, a new beginning for the homeless, and a great place to serve for our staff and volunteers.”
Prior to leading the organization, Kelley served as Chief Operating Officer since 2014, with oversight of the program, financial and operational direction of Action Ministries. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of First Step Staffing, a nonprofit alternative staffing organization headquartered in Atlanta. Prior to First Step, Kelley headed programs for MUST Ministries, providing food, clothing, housing and job training in eight counties. He has been involved in issues related to poverty and homelessness in the Atlanta area since 2006 where he began as a volunteer, later transitioning a career in financial services to fully dedicate his energy to working with the poor. He is a 1996 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Kelley earned a master’s degree in theology from Spring Hill College and is pursuing a Ph.D. in public policy. In his spare time, Kelley enjoys spending time with family and enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including sailing, fly fishing and hiking.
(Corporate and Foundation Relations)
Christal joined Action Ministries in 2017 to supervise the Development department and provide leadership and support to the resource development efforts across the organization. A native New Yorker, Christal moved to Atlanta for the first time in 1990. Five years later, she moved to Virginia to pursue a master’s degree in counseling at Hampton University. Upon graduation and while working in Washington D.C. for American University, she was introduced to development work and discovered a passion for helping people realize their philanthropic dreams. Through her involvement on the board of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and as Chair of the Diversity Fellows program for AFP, she gravitated toward the important work of serving the homeless. Christal most recently served as the Director of Development for Nicholas House, where she focused on cultivating relationships to create and build lifelong, engaged donors.
Katie is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a master’s degree in social work and a certificate in nonprofit management. She joined Action Ministries in 2014 as the Development Coordinator for Breakthru House. In her current role, Katie provides support for the central development team with a focus on donor outreach and stewardship. She previously worked at the Asian American Resource Center and at the office of International Student Life at the University of Georgia. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.
Annette joined Action Ministries in 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Augustine College, and she previously worked as a legal clerk for U.S. Army headquarters in El Paso, Texas. She and her husband, Randy, have two beautiful sons. The family attends Good Shepherd Community Church in Atlanta, where she is involved in Vacation Bible School and sits on the usher board. In her free time, Annette likes walking, traveling, going to the movies and spending time with family and friends.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., Steve worked in the banking field for more than 15 years, largely as a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Steve earned a master’s degree at Emory’s Candler School of Theology. He is a lifelong United Methodist and has worked with Action Ministries since 2004. He enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves, playing golf, camping and eating fried catfish.
Herve joined the accounting department of Action Ministries in March 2012. Herve has worked as a general ledger accountant and a financial reporting and budget accountant in the banking and real estate industries. He is a CPA and has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and a master’s degree from St. John’s University in New York. Herve is married to Suzanne, and the have three children. He enjoys reading, handy work and spends his free time involved in his kids’ activities.