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.
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.
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 Roland
Director of Development
Amy has a deep love for all people, cultures and sharing God’s love with others. Although she had no plans to enter the nonprofit sector, Amy knew God was leading her in this direction and she is thrilled that He brought her to Water of Life. Her connection with Water of Life runs deep. Amy’s step-daughter was found in a Liberian village dangerously close to death when her life was saved through God’s grace and the work of Water of Life. When she’s not chatting with donors or brainstorming new growth strategies for Water of Life, she’s spending time with her amazing kids, her near-perfect husband, and watching Food Network.Email Amy
Sarah is a Greenville native and a lover of all things involving contact sports, being outdoors, and a good cup of coffee. She is passionate about building relationships and keeping donors informed about the work Water of Life is doing around the world. When she's not posting updates on social media, blogging, writing thank you notes, or designing materials - you can find her spending time with her husband and two children or training for a triathlon.Email Sarah
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 Rebekah
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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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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.
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.
Alphonso and Nana BarryPastor 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.
Dennis and Vania AggreyPastor 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.