Division of Care
Caring for the body, mind, soul & spirit
welcome from dr. culpepper
Dr. Raymond F. Culpepper
First Assistant General Overseer
Welcome to the Care Division—the bridge from the Church of God to a hurting world. The Care Division is made up of specialized ministries designed to meet specialized needs. Millions of people, both ministers and laity, receive care, assistance, relief and training via developed programs as well as on-demand intervention and focused action. All of the ministries under the umbrella of this division make up a powerful and effective platform that stands ready to respond in times of crisis and deliver care to those in need. We welcome you to this site, a launchpad to help connect you to each of these wonderful ministries.
division of care ministries
SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHILDREN'S HOME
Smoky Mountain Children's Home is a private, faith based, not-for-profit agency which exists to provide care, love, and healing to children and youth who have no one else to advocate or care for them.
division of care LEADERSHIP aND Staff
Dr. Raymond F. Culpepper
Executive Director of Care Ministries
Dr. Raymond F. Culpepper is first assistant general overseer and ministerial advocate of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) and former general overseer (2008-2012).
Before his election to the denominational leadership in 2004, he was the founder and pastor of the Metropolitan Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama, for 24 years. He and his wife, Peggy, have three children and six grandchildren.
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Virgie has served the Church of God for many years in various roles. Her experience and knowledge are an incredible asset to the Division of Care.
Les Higgins joined the Division of Care team after serving 10 years as an Administrative Bishop in Arkansas, Texas and Ohio. Prior to his tenure as an Administrative Bishop, he served 19 years as a State Director of Youth and Christian Education in six different states (Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Northern Ohio and Oklahoma).
Bishop Higgins began his ministry in 1978 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. He has served as an evangelist, student pastor, lead pastor as well as the aforementioned administrative roles. His ministry has been marked by a strong emphasis on the preached Word and the making of disciples resulting in growth and productivity everywhere he has been. He is a strong administrator with a heart for the local church.
He has been called upon to speak in local, state and national conferences throughout the United States and in other nations of the world. Many of his sermons and thoughts have been published in various denominational periodicals.
He is married to Donna, his wife of 38 years. They have one daughter, Kristina. Les and Donna presently reside in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Executive Assistant to the office of Division of Care
Anita Hughes has served as the executive assistant to the executive administrator of the Division of Care Ministries for the Church of God International Offices for the past 20 years. She has made her home in Cleveland for the past 40 plus years.
Author, speaker, singer, and songwriter, Anita has written and published over 30 songs. She has released four devotional books for women. Her latest project was titled, Unwrapping Grace. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lee University.
She and her husband, Ray Hughes, Jr., have five children and five grandchildren.