Board of Directors
RALPH THOMPSON (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT/TREASURER)
In addition to serving as the Executive Director and Lead Chaplain for Emergency Chaplains Ralph also works with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina seeking to increase participation in the area of Public Safety Chaplaincy.
Prior to establishing the ministry of Emergency Chaplains in 2008, Ralph served for ten years as Pastor of Administration and Discipleship at Bethesda Baptist Church in Durham.
He is a graduate of Danville (VA) Community College, Southeastern College at Wake Forest, Louisiana Baptist University and received his Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Master’s International School of Divinity.
Ralph has been married to Carter since 1986. They live in Durham with their son, Carl, and an amazing dog named Gracie.
Carter is from Danville, Virginia but has lived in Durham for 30 years. She is married to Ralph and they have a son, Carl.
While working as an Administrative Assistant at Duke, she felt the Lord leading her to become a Christian Counselor. She enrolled in an online program at Louisiana Baptist University, where she completed both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Christian Counseling.
Ralph and Carter founded Emergency Chaplains in 2008 and she has served as the only in-office Counselor since that time. Carter has also been a volunteer counselor for Pregnancy Support Services in Durham, North Raleigh Ministries and 2nd Mile Ministry at Grey Stone Church. She recently served as Chaplain at TLC Civitan Club in Durham and is an active member of Braggtown Baptist Church.
Kimberle’s commitment to the public sector is grounded in 1st Timothy 2:1-4.
As Senior Public Affairs Specialist for the City of Durham Police Department, Kim has more than 20 years experience in municipal government, community affairs and media relations having also worked in the offices of the Durham City Manager and Durham County Manager in the area of public Information/public relations.
An active member of North East Baptist Church (Durham), Kimberle is a facilitator of the Leadership Development Ministry and a Music Ministry vocalist. She and husband, Freeman, reside in Durham, NC and are the parents of one daughter, Taylor.
MICHAEL PERRA (Board Secretary)
Michael is co-owner of Cakes By Faith in Durham. He is currently working on an Associates Degree in Biblical Studies through Masters International School of Divinity. He is married to Edie and they have two daughters, Morgan and Skylar.
Michael and his family are members of Greystone Church in Durham. He is a leader in his Sunday School life group at Greystone and a part of Durham Minister’s in Prayer.
His desire is to live a life that is pleasing to God and to introduce others to the life changing power of Jesus Christ. Some of Michael’s favorite Bible verses are Numbers 6:24-26, Hebrews 11:6, Matthew 23:12 Mark 12:32-34 and 1Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.