About

Our Team

You might think that serving hundreds of thousands of people across the globe every year requires hundreds of employees, but the truth is that Water of Life has a small staff based out of Greenville S.C., as well as a number of international partnerships. The streamlined nature of the organization is intentional—it allows funding to flow directly into well production and ministry, providing everything from well parts to vehicles, fuel and upkeep of wells in Africa and India.

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USA

Our Stateside Leadership

Stateside, Water of Life maintains a small but efficient staff, reducing overhead to ensure that our funding goes to what matters the most—bringing water, and the gospel of Jesus, to the unreached communities of India and West Africa.

  • Roland

    Roland Bergeron

    President/CEO & Founder

    A career engineer and custom home builder, Roland became a Christian later in life, and, as always, Jesus changed everything. Deeply convicted to leave an impact greater than monetary success and achieving “the American dream,” Roland quit his own building company and started Water of Life to bring fresh water and the Gospel to the most desperate parts of the world. Ever moving on faith and by the direction of the Holy Spirit, Roland started drilling wells in West Africa in 2004 and in India by 2010. Often out of the office training new drilling crew members and meeting with indigenous pastors, he loves to visit his dear brothers and sisters in Christ on the other side of the world, but is always ready to come home to his wife’s amazing pie.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Sarah

    Sarah Kelley

    Executive Director

    Sarah is a Greenville, SC native and a lover of all things involving contact sports, being outdoors, and a good cup of coffee. She is passionate about building relationships, sharing the love of Jesus, and the work Water of Life is doing around the world. When she's not writing updates, dreaming up future goals, visiting our partners, or meeting with donors - you can find her spending time with her husband and two children or training for a triathlon.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Kyle A. Meleski

    Development Coordinator

    Kyle is a ‘Yankee Transplant’ growing up in Upstate New York and moving to Greenville, SC from Boston, Massachusetts with his wife over 15 years ago. They started a family here, and they currently have 3 boys. He has over 25 years of experience in public and media relations, political affairs, issue advocacy, fundraising and communications. He is passionate about connecting people and learning about what excites and motivates them. Kyle and his wife have a heart for missions, as they have been to Nepal together and currently use their home to host international students from area colleges that don’t have family nearby. His entire family enjoys any and all outside activities, especially hiking, where they can take along their fur babies (3 female rescued dogs) who essentially run the house.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Drew Sullivan

    Development Coordinator

    Drew was a SC boy born and raised, but home is in the mountains of NC where he lives with his wife, Tammie, 3 kiddos and 2 dogs. Drew loves to connect with others and listen to their stories. He has a passion to help folks know that God loves them, dreamed them up, knit them together, created them with great purpose and that life is best with Jesus. Drew has a heart for encouraging generosity in order to help donors achieve their goals and partner with us in setting free kids and families from physical and spiritual poverty in Jesus’ name. What drives Drew is the truth that kids don’t get a second chance to grow up. Drew often thinks about the children Set Free is serving. He pictures them one day telling their kids and grandkids that Set Free rescued and prepared them for something greater than their past. When Drew is not meeting with donor partners, you can find him going on dates and adventures with his wife and kids, coaching his kids, watching his Blue Devils compete, attempting to still try and play sports himself, reading good books, enjoying many cups of yummy coffee, being outdoors and witnessing the awesome life transforming power of God every single day.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Afton Schipper

    Development Coordinator

    Afton fell in love with the Greenville area during her time in college at NGU. Now she and her husband (and adorable mini goldendoodle Piper) love being back in the area! When she’s not working, you can find Afton spending time with friends, enjoying time outside, or watching the most current movie. She loves to travel and is always looking for new places to add to her list!

    Email: [email protected]

  • Claire Walters

    Communications Coordinator

    Claire is a recent Clemson graduate and lover of the Tigers. She has a deep passion for the despair others face around the world coupled with her love for the written word and all things literature. You can find Claire writing letters to our donors and writing the stories of those whose lives are impacted by Water of Life. Claire has a deep love for the way God reveals himself in the brokenness and is thrilled that He led her to Water of Life. When she's not writing stories, telling others about Water of Life, or running social media platforms - you can find Claire anywhere outside (particularly in the mountains), dreaming up travel plans, or enjoying time with her friends, family, and cat.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Rebekah

    Rebekah Mintz

    Office Administrator

    Rebekah has traveled to 5 of the 7 continents and even lived for two years in Northern Iraq, working with and loving the Muslim people. She has a passion for sharing Jesus' love in practical ways. She's an avid reader, a lover of good food (but not cauliflower), dogs, and well-written mockumentaries.

    Email: [email protected]

Greenville South Carolina

Board

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is the backbone of everything Water of Life does—providing emotional, spiritual and financial support to all that we do across the globe.

  • Beth Jackson, Board Chair
  • Steve Hall, Past Chairman of the Board
  • Sid Tate, Past Chairman of the Board
  • Paul Swenson, Financial Officer
  • David Crockett
  • Alison Storm Lowry
  • Pete Hansen

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India
Africa

Our International Leadership

Our international partnerships are vital to our mission—they provide “boots on the ground” for every well we drill, serving those communities and their needs on a deeper level, and in many cases, providing maintenance of the wells. Without these international leaders—pastors and drill crews alike—our mission would be more difficult to accomplish.

  • India

    Praveen

    Pastor Partner

    Pastor Praveen serves as the President of the Sylom Pastors Assocation, and under his leadership the pastors association has grown from 300 pastors to more than 5000 pastors reaching the untouchables of India with the gospel of Christ. Despite intense Christian persecution in India, Praveen knows that it is his life's calling to serve the rural people of India. Armed with his tremendous gift for evangelism and deep faith, he trusts that God will guide and protect his path wherever he is lead.

  • Sierra Leone

    Alphonso and Nana Barry

    Pastor Partners

    Pastor Barry was raised in a devout Muslim family, from the Fullah Tribe - the people that first brought Islam to West Africa. His father intended for him to become an Imam, but while he was a teenager living and working in the local mosque, he met a missionary who patiently and with great respect shared the Gospel with him. After experiencing God first-hand, Alphonso became a fervent Christian. He later met his wife, Nana, and together they have two children. Together, they are faithful servants to the Lord, taking the gospel all across Sierra Leone.

  • Liberia

    Dennis and Vania Aggrey

    Pastor Partners

    Dennis Aggrey was raised in Konia, Liberia and attended the African Bible College. When the Liberian Civil War broke out, Dennis fled to Sierra Leone and eventually traveled to the United States for his masters of divinity. Before the war was finished, Dennis returned to Liberia and founded the Christian Revival Church Association (CRCA), a network of pastors that builds trust to reach the villages with the love of Christ in their own languages. Today, CRCA has around 70 churches and 35 preaching points all around Liberia. He met his wife, Vania, when she traveled to Liberia on a Water of Life mission trip. Together, they have 3 beautiful children.

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    Liberia

    David Weah

    Country Director

    David comes from a large family from the Grebo tribe and is a graduate of the University of Liberia. He is happily married with two daughters. David is responsible for overseeing the Liberian drill crews and planning the village drill locations.

  • Sierra Leone

    Drill Crew

    Members

    This group of men in Sierra Leone works tirelessly through both the dry and rainy seasons to bring the gift of clean water to villages in their country by drilling new water wells.

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