OUR LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD
We have a committed and active board of local individuals who passionately volunteer their time and efforts to help us fulfill the Agape Center NRV mission.
Kim has been married to the love of her life Hugh Bowman for 23 years. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Kim has resided in the New River Valley since 1982. She has been an area leader in Outreach Ministry for the last 20 years and is on the staff of the New River Valley Community Church in Christiansburg, Virginia. Kim has a heart for hurting people and has made it her life’s mission to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ through acts of service. One of Kim’s favorite quotes is “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care about them.” - Zig Zigler. Kim states “Once a person realizes that you truly care about them you can begin to affect change in their life and help them see themselves as Christ sees them. Once a person realizes how much God loves them , it changes everything. Only then, can they achieve their full God honoring potential.” Both Kim and her husband Hugh have a deep love for God’s creation . They enjoy working with plants and animals and taking walks in nature together. Though they have no children they share their home with two dogs, three cats, and two sugar gliders.
Joe was radically transformed at the age of 18 when he encountered and accepted the living Gospel of Jesus, and surrendered his life to Him. Since then, Joe’s journey of following Jesus has lead him on many faith-filled adventures. He is passionate about reaching out to the broken, lonely, lost and destitute, and offering others the same life changing Gospel that transformed him. He has passionately pursued the development of a multi church, collaborative outreach ministry since 2016, and was overwhelmed by his first visit to The Agape Center at Smith Mountain Lake in 2018. Since then, he has been helping to pioneer The Agape Center NRV. He was raised in Blacksburg and has lived in the NRV most of his life. He is a husband to Michelle Davidson, and a proud father to their four children: Joseph, Micah, Josiah, and Everly Joy. He is a local Realtor and serves as the Outreach Pastor at Dwelling Place Christian Fellowship.
Board Vice President
Born and raised in Roanoke, Va, Jared grew up in the church as the son of a Baptist pastor. When he was 10 years old, he surrendered his life to Jesus as Savior, Lord and Master of his life. A few years into his walk with Christ, he felt God leading him to commit his life as a minister of the gospel. Jared now serves as lead pastor of Hope Valley Church in Christiansburg, as well as the Ministry Director for World Reach Partnerships. Jared is passionate about reaching the lost (globally and locally) with the gospel of Jesus and seeing lives transformed by the grace of God. He is married to his incredible wife, best friend and ministry partner, Danielle Via, and has been blessed with three precious daughters: Emma, Hannah and Michaela.
Meet Kimberly Reese. Kimberly currently serves as the Secretary for the Agape Center Board of Directors. She has called the NRV home for over 20 years. Having taught in our local public schools and served in many ministry leadership roles and capacities, Kimberly has a heart to serve those in need in this area. With deep ties in the community, she hopes to be a bridge for individuals to get connected to the center. Kimberly and her husband, Steven, have four children, ages 4 to 11. They are planning to be a family who serves together at Agape and are excited about what God is stirring in the ministry.
I was raised in a Christian home and was saved at a young age. I remember sitting in church as a young person listening to missionaries as they talked about their work in Africa and feeling that maybe God was calling me to serve there. I never lost that calling and soft spot for Africa, but life….and teenage years, led me in a different path. I always felt like I had blown my chance to serve God where he had called me to go, but twenty plus years later, I went to work for Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organization. My job took me to many places around the world, but the first trip was to Nairobi, Kenya. I now work for Virginia Tech and even there, I had the opportunity to go to Senegal several times. God fulfills His will for our lives….one way or another. We serve an awesome God! My passion has always been to serve and help people. I feel so blessed that God has allowed me so many opportunities to serve in His name. God continues to bless me by allowing me to be a part of what He is doing here in the New River Valley and the Agape Center NRV.
Board Member and Director of Mentoring
I have been pastor of Victory Restoration Church since July of 2016. Building relationships in this community has been a high priority of mine. I have discovered a sincere hunger within the larger body of Christ to work selflessly for the glory of God’s kingdom and the benefit of the New River Valley. I believe that an intimate relationship with Jesus for an individual is a benefit to our entire community, however, physical needs can be large hurdles to that intimate relationship, but they don’t have to be. They can be opportunities for people to see that Jesus loves them and cares for their physical and spiritual needs. I believe the corporate church can love one another well enough to pool our efforts to help meet the physical needs of our neighbors and connect them with local churches. I believe that being with people in their challenges is better than just doing for them. This is why I was drawn to be a part of The Agape Center NRV. I try to live this message out before my wife, Meredith, our two sons, Quinn and Jax, my home church fellowship, the larger corporate church, and the people around me who haven’t already met Jesus.
Board Member and Diaper Pantry Director
Lucy and John Copeland have lived in the NRV for 21 years. They have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful granddaughters. John and Lucy attend the River Anglican Church. Lucy is the Ex Director of the NRV Diaper Pantry and is very excited about joining this ministry with Agape. Lucy’s life verse is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. And the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
Rev. Crowgey has been at Cambria Baptist Church since April 2012 after previously serving pastorates in Smyrna, GA for twelve years and Walterboro, SC for five years. The son of a dairy farmer from Wytheville, Virginia, Rev. Crowgey graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Agricultural Economics in 1985. He then worked for the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service for three years until moving to Ft. Worth Texas to enroll in the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1988. After earning a Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages, completed his Clinical Pastoral Education and served as a hospital chaplain in Dallas Texas. Rev. Crowgey has been married to his wife, Tammie, for 21 years and is a father of four. At the core of his pastoral duties, Rev. Crowgey has a heart for apologetics, church leadership, and discipleship.