DAVID JOHNSON – Founder & CEO
David Johnson was born in 1956 in Mobile Alabama. He grew up in Mobile involved in sports and community activities. He accepted Christ in January of 1966 and was baptized in Spring Hill Baptist Church. He met Susan Williams in 1972 and they married in October of 1975. They have two children, Brian, his wife Christy and their daughter, Eby, and their son, Hutch, live in Brevard, North Carolina and Bethany, her husband Brad and their daughters Jocelyn, Annabelle, and Piper Joy live in Birmingham, AL.
For fourteen and a half years David worked in corporate America. He was with Will-Shire Oral Arts for twelve and a half years and then with Hill & Brooks Coffee Company for two years. While in Savannah Georgia in 1988 he surrendered to full time Christian ministry. He has served on six church staffs, the last two being as Executive Pastor at Hunter Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama, and Senior Pastor at Dayspring Baptist Church in Mobile Alabama.
In October of 2007 the Lord gave him four words, GIVE and GO, ASK and EXPECT. In that moment and through those words God closed the door in David’s life as a local Pastor and opened the door which has led him to do church planting around the world. A series of events led him to three men in Birmingham, John Wright, Wayne Myrick, and Scott Gurosky and Doulos Partners was born.
When asked how God has placed him in this time and place in history he responded by saying, “God has been preparing me for just such a time as this for the last 35 years. It is amazing how my experiences in business and ministry are absolutely perfect to lead a ministry like Doulos. Is that not just like God?”
David and Susan will reside in Birmingham Alabama where the home office of Doulos Partners is located. Please be praying for David, the Board of Directors, and the partners of Doulos as they seek the Lord and “go and make disciples.”
JOSH CLARKE – President
Josh Clarke was born in 1986 and grew up in Savannah, Tennessee. He accepted Christ in January of 1995 and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Savannah, his home church where he would be ordained into the ministry fourteen years later. In 2004, Josh surrendered to a call to ministry and followed God’s call to Union University. While a student, Josh met Courtney Bragg of Vestavia Hills and they married in June of 2010. The Lord blessed them with four children in four years; Olivia, Judah, Micah and Asher.
For the last nine years, Josh has dedicated his life to ministry and service in higher education. After graduation, he joined the newly founded School of Pharmacy at Union University. For four years, he served as Director of Pharmacy Outreach where he provided oversight to admissions, marketing and mission trips for the school. During that same time, he served as pastor of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. In 2011, Josh transitioned in the university as Director of Alumni and Annual Fund, where he provided oversight to the day to day operations of the Office of Alumni Relations and leadership to special events and fundraising.
Both Josh and Courtney have spent significant time overseas working in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In addition to ministry overseas and service in the local church, Josh has completed his Master of Arts in Education and a Doctor of Education degree where his dissertation focused on fundraising. When he received a phone call from David Johnson, Executive Director of Doulos Partners, to talk about an opportunity of service with Doulos Partners, it was evident that his passion for the Gospel and experience in fundraising would be a perfect fit.
Josh, Courtney and their four children currently reside in Hoover, Alabama and attend Shades Mountain Baptist Church.
BRIAN JOHNSON – Marketing and Media
Brian Johnson is from Mobile, Alabama. He was born there on August 21st, 1979. After high school, Brian sought out a career in the Fire Department. He graduated from the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Brian was assigned to several different engine companies in Tuscaloosa after graduating but eventually transferred to the Fire Department in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He was assigned to Engine Company 8 and transferred later to Truck 17. He was also a member of the Urban Search And Rescue FEMA team in Mobile.
Brian and his wife Christy made the decision to leave the department and go to work for a youth organization that does outreach for teenagers called Young Life. They moved to upstate Michigan to work at an adventure outdoor camp called Timber Wolf Lake the organization owned. Brian and Christy spent 3 long winters up north before moving back home to work for Doulos. Now, Brian, Christy, and their son, Hutch, live in Brevard, NC.
The Board of Directors serves in several different capacities. First and foremost, they serve in an advisory role to the staff of the ministry. Another very important role is their fiduciary responsibility, which ensures that the money given by our partners is invested in a way that honors the Lord and advances His kingdom while making sure that the reporting is done according to IRS standards.
Our board is also actively involved in the different countries where we have church planting efforts going on. They see their involvement not only in the boardroom, but also on the mission field. Those who serve on our board are people who are serious minded believers who see it as their role to work together in carrying out the Great Commission.
Our board pays for 100% of the administrative costs of Doulos Partners. As a result of that, ALL the money given by our donors go directly to the field.
LEV BRAGG – Medical Doctor
Board of Directors – Secretary/Treasurer
Lev has recently retired after a 30 year career as an ENT physician in Birmingham. He has been married to Vicki since 1986. They have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. He and Vicki attend Christ Fellowship church where he serves as an Elder. They feel Doulos Partners fits well with their desire to leverage their time, talents and resources to make disciples around the world.
RICK BURGESS – Co-Host of the nationally syndicated Rick and Bubba Show
The Rick and Bubba Show is heard across the country on over 65 radio stations and XM Channel 158 and is based out of Birmingham, Alabama. Rick has also co-wrote three New York Times best selling books “Rick and Bubba’s Expert Guide to God, Country, Family and Anything Else We Can Think Of”, “The Rick and Bubba Code” And the Current “Rick and Bubba for President”. Rick and Bubba also appear in Max Lucado’s animated series “Hermie and Friends” as cockroaches Iggy and Ziggy. Rick has appeared numerous times on the Fox News Programs, Fox and Friends and Hannity and Colmes plus numerous appearances on the Sean Hannity Radio Show. Rick is the husband of the former Sherri Bodine and the father of 5 Brandi, Blake, Brooks, Brody and Bronner…..Rick’s eulogy from his youngest son’s eulogy became the weeks number one viewed video in the world on Youtube.
JIM CROFT – RA, NCARB
Jim is the founder and President of Croft & Associates Architecture, a full service architecture firm located in Acworth, Ga. The 18-person firm was founded in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.
He is an active member of Acworth United Methodist Church and has served on the Board of Trustees as Chairman for past 8 years. Jim has lived in the Acworth area for nearly 25 years. He has been married to his wife, Leslie for 27 years and they have 3 children: Brett (23), Marissa (21) and Emily (17).
RUSTY FAVORITE – President – ChemStation of Alabama
Rusty graduated from Presbyterian College in 1985 with a degree in chemistry. After working 11 years in the textile industry with Milliken and Company, United Piece Dye Works, and Mohawk Industries, Rusty started ChemStation of Alabama in 1996 and currently operates 4 chemical manufacturing locations located in Hammond, La, Mobile and Birmingham, Al, and Atlanta, Ga.
Rusty and his wife Donna are active members of Christ City Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He also has served as the president of the Kiwanis of Metro Birmingham and has worked with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and many other charitable organizations. Rusty also enjoys coaching baseball and spending time volunteering at his children’s schools. He and Donna have 6 amazing children, 4 daughters and 2 sons. One recently graduated from Auburn, Suma cum laude, and 3 currently attend Auburn. Their 2 sons are multi sports athletes and plan on attending Auburn when they graduate high school. Rusty and his family have a true passion for the Lord and Doulos partners has given them another wonderful opportunity to do His will.
MARK FILLERS – South Alabama Market President – Renasant Bank
A Mobile native, Fillers graduated from the University of Alabama, and completed his MBA through Auburn University’s Executive MBA program. Fillers began his banking career in 2001 in Mobile and worked in several leadership roles since then.
Active in his community, Fillers has been the Finance Chair, Campaign Chair, Board Chair, and is currently immediate past-chairman of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Southwest Alabama. He also serves in a leadership role for the University of South Alabama’s Upward and Onward campaign. He has formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, and Steering Committee for Mobile United.
Fillers is a former graduate of Mobile United’s Leadership Mobile program, was one of Mobile Bay Magazine’s “40 under 40”, and is one of Coastal Alabama Partnership’s Coastal 150.
He and his wife, Erin, have three children, David, William, and James. The Fillers’ are active members of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church.
SCOTT GUROSKY – President – Myrick Gurosky & Associates
Doulos Partners – Founder
Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Scott Gurosky graduated from Vestavia High School in 1987 where he earned a football scholarship to Auburn University. In 1989 Scott left football to play baseball at Auburn but repetitive injuries forced him out of sports for good in 1990. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Building Science, Scott graduated from Auburn in 1991 where he was then hired as a field engineer for Harbert International, Inc. by Wayne Myrick, who would later become his business partner. In 1993 he joined Wayne at the recently formed Myrick and Batson, Inc., a Design/Build firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott started with the company as a field superintendent/project manager and by 1994 was an owner in the company. In 1995 he was promoted to Vice President, and in 1997, Scott was named President. In 1998 Scott received the “Rising Star Award”, sponsored by the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Best in Business” awards. In 2000 the company was renamed, Myrick, Gurosky & Associates. Inc.
Scott has been a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, since 1983, where he has served as a Deacon and where he and his wife Kelly have served in the Student Ministry since 1999. Scott has been very involved in youth sports in his community and 1998 and 2013 Scott was recognized by the Vestavia High School Baseball program for his service and commitment to their program. Scott has previously served on the on the Foundation Board at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and has also served as a board member for World Link International Ministries. Scott, along with Wayne Myrick and David Johnson, was one of the founding members of Doulos Partners and currently serves as a board member. Scott and Kelly have two sons, Davis and Drew. They live in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
KEVIN HALCOMB – Vice President, Tax – Vulcan Materials Company
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in tax accounting. He spent the first ten years of his career as a consultant in Ernst & Young’s business tax services practice. Currently, Kevin is the vice President of tax for Vulcan Materials Company.
Kevin, his wife, Meredith, and their two girls live in Vestavia Hills, Alabama and are active members of Mountain Brook Community Church.
Rusty Hicks -President /COO Nichols Concrete Equipment, Co. Inc., Nichols Outfitters, Grout Tech and Managing Owner of Nichols Stahlco, LLC
Rusty is a native Alabamian who grew up in the Hoover area. After completing high school Rusty furthered his education by attending Jefferson State Community College where he received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and then went on to graduate from the University Of Alabama’s Law Enforcement Academy. Rusty began his 32 year career with Nichols Concrete Equipment in sales and worked his way up to the position of President and COO, which is the role he has served the company for the last 15 years.
Rusty is an active church member with a passion for reaching people around the world with Gospel message of Jesus Christ. In 2011, the passion for missions grew even stronger and Rusty enrolled in The Highlands College, a local ministry training school. After graduation, Rusty has gone on to lead and support numerous mission organizations locally and around the globe.
Rusty currently lives in Alabaster with his wife Jeannette. They have been members of Church of the Highlands since 2007, where they both love serving, and Jeannette serves on staff as an Executive Administrator. When they are not serving their church or leading mission trips, they spend their time with family, friends and playing with their two grandchildren.
TOFEY J. LEON, III – Franchise Owner – Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers
Tofey is a 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 1982 graduate from the University of Alabama Manderson School of Business with a Master’s degree in Management Science. He has been on the Doulos Leadership Team since 2014. He and his wife Caren have been married since 1985 and have two children, Lindsay and TJ. They are members of People of Mars Hill Church in Mobile, Alabama, the city where they were both born and raised. In addition to Doulos Partners, Tofey is also involved in other ministries including CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection), The Strickland Youth Detention Center and a medical mission and evangelism ministry in Tanzania. Tofey is a franchise owner of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers and has been so since 1997.
THOMAS MINOR – Partner – Ernst and Young
Board of Directors – Chairman
Thomas graduated from Auburn University in 1989 with a degree in accounting. He started work in the Birmingham office of Ernst & Young in 1989 and is currently a partner with the firm today. He is active at Auburn University where he serves on the School of Accountancy Advisory Board.
Thomas is an active member of Liberty Park Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, where he is a Sunday School teacher and active member of the congregation. Thomas and his wife, Jerri, have three children, Caroline, Walker, and Bo. They live in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
GREGG MORRISON – Executive – McDonald Group, Inc
Gregg S. Morrison is an executive with McDonald Group, Inc., a private investment firm in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Morrison, formerly a tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, holds degrees from the University of Alabama (B.S.), Samford University (M.Div.), Emory University (Th.M.), and The Catholic University of America (Ph.D.). He and his wife, Laura, and their two children reside in Vestavia Hills, Alabama and are members of Shades Mountain Baptist Church.
WAYNE MYRICK – Founder & CEO – Myrick Gurosky & Associates
Doulos Partners – Founder
Wayne Myrick began his construction career in the late 60’s working general construction before becoming a self-employed residential contractor from 1973 to 1977. After serving as superintendent and project manager for various Birmingham Alabama contractors, he worked for a decade with Harbert Construction International, rising from superintendent to Vice President of Construction. In 1993, Wayne started what is today Myrick, Gurosky & Associates. MG&A specializes in the Design/Build project delivery process for religious related projects all over the southeast and beyond.
Wayne’s real foundation is a personal and committed relationship with Jesus Christ. A long time member Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover, Alabama, he has served continuously in key roles at the church: Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon (and chairman of Deacons), Sunday School Teacher, Peacemaker Ministry Leader, and Mission team leader. In 1999, Wayne was selected as Stand Firm Magazine’s “Co-Man of the Year”. Wayne currently serves on the Foundation Board at Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Since 2010 Wayne has served as member on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention representing Alabama. He and his wife Lynn live Pelham, Alabama. They have three adult children and a granddaughter, Campbell and grandson, Miller.
GLENN PARKER – Associate Director – Applied Systems Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Glenn and his wife Lisa are members at Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville and have two pre-teen sons, Jake and Luke. Glenn co-teaches a small group Bible class at Whitesburg, and is an adjunct faculty member at Legacy Christian University and at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Glenn’s passions are coaching and leadership, and he longs to see Christians following Christ daily and creating disciples. One of his favorite activities is taking his sons on long trail hikes and incorporating a Bible study time.
Glenn has a PhD in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Mathematics, an MS in Management of Technology, an MA in Theology, and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is very active in the Huntsville engineering community and serves on the national council of examiners (NCEES) to create the examination that is administered for professional engineering licensure in the United States.
Glenn first became involved with Doulos Partners in March 2013 when he met David Johnson at a missionary conference in Huntsville. David’s passion to see Christ’s Kingdom expand globally was very exciting and after Glenn shared this vision with Lisa, they both knew they had to become donors. Through God’s grace, Doulos support has continued to grow and Glenn loves seeing other believers catch the vision as they hear missionary field reports.
BEN SHORT – Field Director/Financial Representative – Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Ben Short, born in May of 1969, is from Hueytown, Alabama. He attended Hueytown High School and graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he played college baseball. During that time, he was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1991. Following graduation, he coached college baseball for nine years. A career changer, Ben is currently employed by Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as a Field Director/Financial Representative in Hoover, Alabama.
Ben married his high school sweetheart, Tammy, in 1993. They have been married for 16 years and have three children: Conner, 15 years; Carly, 12 years; and Carter, 7 years old. Their children are active in community sports. In his free time, Ben loves to spend time with his family, coach little league sports, and hunt at his cabin. Also, his family is actively involved at Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover, Alabama.
Ben became involved with Doulos Partners through his childhood friend, Scott Gurosky. Scott introduced Ben to David Johnson, Director of Doulos Partners. Ben was impressed with David’s passion for his ministry and was eager to become a part of it.
GARY YORK – Technologist and Entrepreneur
Board of Directors – Vice Chairman
Gary York seeks to serve Christ as a technologist and entrepreneur. He has founded successful software and services companies serving the healthcare industry and is an advisor to numerous technology companies. He is a popular speaker on technology and entrepreneurship. Gary has a B.S. from Vanderbilt University, a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, and was a visiting fellow at UC Berkeley. After graduate school, he served as a full time volunteer with Food for the Hungry in Bolivia, Peru, Kenya, and Ethiopia. He serves on the Board of the McWane Science Center, Urban Avenues, and the Birmingham Venture Club. He is an active member of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Hoover, Alabama.