Board of Directors

Tom Bradford is the Chairman of the Board. The other members of the board are Jane Anderson, David Byers, Sonny Culp, Chris Fleming, Hugh Jacks, Drayton Nabers, Chuck Welden, Dave Worland, and Jim Pursell - Director Emeritus.

 

Tom Bradford is the Chairman of the Board and President of the National Christian Foundation Alabama. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington & Lee University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He joined Bradford & Co., the family food brokerage business as the 7th employee in 1958. When he sold the company in 2001, they had 160 employees in six states. He also served on the boards of SouthTrust Bank and Mrs. Stratton’s Salads. He has been active in community affairs, having served on the boards of Red Cross, Campfire, Salvation Army, and Boy Scouts. He co-chaired the United Way Campaign, and later served as Board Chairman of United Way of Central Alabama. He also served as President of the Birmingham Rotary Club. In 1996, he was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor.

Tom committed his life to Christ in 1966. He joined Briarwood Presbyterian Church, where he is an Elder and Sunday School teacher. In 1989, he helped found the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative public policy “think-tank” affiliated with Focus on the Family. He served many years as Chairman of the Board. He also served on the boards of the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association, Asian Access, and the Colonial Chapel at the American Village.

Tom and his wife, Mary Anne, reside in Birmingham where they have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

 

Jane Anderson is the Founder and Teaching Director of Community Bible Study in Birmingham. It was started in 1979 from the nucleus of a home Bible study she had been teaching for over 10 years. It has grown to over 400 women and has spawned four other ladies' Community Bible Studies and three men's Community Bible Studies in the Birmingham area. She served on the Board of Trustees of the National Community Bible Study for twelve years and has been a much sought-after conference speaker for the leaders of other Community Bible Study classes all over the country.

Jane grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA degree in 1958. She was president of Kappa Delta Sorority. She committed her life to Christ in 1964 and has been an active member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, where she has served as a Sunday School teacher and as a trainer in the Women's Evangelism Outreach. She also served on the Briarwood Christian School Board.

Jim Anderson, Jane's husband of 53 years was CEO of Thomas Foundries. He went home to be with the Lord in March of 2013. She has three children and two grandchildren.

 

David Byers is the Managing Director of Capital Strategies Group, Inc., an insurance, compensation and benefits firm.  David graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (honors), Cumberland School of Law (cum laude) and New York University (LLM in Taxation).  He practiced law with Burr and Forman, and later with Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff and Brandt, until 1995, at which time he joined Capital Strategies.  Since then, David has led the firm’s estate transfer and non-qualified compensation practices, focusing on affluent clients and their companies throughout the southeastern United States.

David serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU) in Washington, DC, and is currently chair of its Governmental Affairs Committee.  He also serves on the Member Firm  Growth Task Force and the Member Firm Relations Committee (MFRC) of M Financial Group, the premier insurance distribution channel for wealthy individuals and corporations.  He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association and an annual qualifier for the Million Dollar Round Table’s Top of the Table designation, recognizing the insurance industry’s most accomplished producers.  He is also a member of the 2004 class of Leadership Alabama.

In 1994, David successfully ran for a position on the Alabama State Board of Education, the governing body for Alabama’s community college system and the policy-making body for Alabama’s K – 12 education system.   He has served for 16 years alongside three different governors.  He has served as the Chairman of the Board of The King’s Ranch/Hannah Homes (now King’s Home) and Briarwood Christian School, as well as a member of the boards of directors of the Public Affairs Research Center of Alabama (PARCA) and Covenant College.  He is also a member of the UAB Professional Advisors Council and the UAB President’s Council.  David is a member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder and Sunday School teacher.

David and his wife, Karen, live in Birmingham.  They have three boys, ages 24, 22, and 11.

 

Sonny Culp is Senior Vice President of Graham Company, one of Birmingham's largest commercial real estate firms. He joined them after graduating from Auburn University in 1986. In 1992, Sonny earned his designation in the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, subsequently serving as Chapter President and Regional Director. His main emphasis is in the industrial sector, where he administers some of the market's largest dispositions, acquisitions and leasing transactions. He has handled 96 land sales, with a combined value of $69 million. Sonny has been active in the Christian community, serving on the boards of the Center for Executive Leadership and Restoration Academy, where he serves as Chairman. He is a member of Mountain Brook Community Church where he serve on the Local Missions Committee. He and his wife, Jenny, have three children.

 

Chris Fleming

Chris Fleming currently serves on the board of directors of The Pursell Institute, a family-run non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to promote the educational and environmental ideals as well as other non-profit and ministerial organizations supported by the Pursell family.  She is also on the board for First Tee of FarmLinks, an organization designed to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values thru the game of golf.

Chris worked briefly in the family fertilizer business after receiving her BA (’78) in Education from Auburn University. For the past 26+ years, she has ministered alongside her husband, Aaron Fleming, Pastor at Eastwood Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, AL.  During that time Chris helped give leadership to the Women in the Church board. Together with Aaron she has travelled extensively, encouraging and lending a hand to overseas ministries in Europe and Africa and in North America.

As a homemaker, Chris keeps the guestrooms filled with interns, visiting missionaries, and friends needing temporary housing. Rarely does a week pass without her opening their home for a meeting, a breakfast Bible study, or a hospitality dinner. She remains active in the community through tennis and supports several local ministries such as Common Ground of Montgomery, WLBF Radio, FCA, Friendship Mission Church and Outback America.

 

Hugh Jacks is the retired CEO of BellSouth Services and is currently President of Potential Enterprises and Adventure Safaris. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and spent his entire business career with South Central Bell and AT&T.

He started BellSouth Services in 1983 with sixty people and grew it to a staff of over 13,500 people when he retired. He also served on the boards of AmSouth Bancorporation, Durr-Fillauer Medical, Acme Cleveland Corporation, and Provident Life Insurance, where he also served as interim CEO.

Hugh has been active in the community, having served on the boards of Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, Alabama Institute for the Deaf & Blind, Birmingham Museum of Art, UAB President’s Council, and the Alabama Policy Institute. However, his main interest is in Christian work. He has served on the boards of Re-Entry Ministries, Christian Sportsmen’s Fellowship International, Campus Crusade for Christ’s Jesus Film, and Italy for Christ. He has spoken at several Mayors’ and Governors’ Prayer Breakfasts across our country.

Hugh and his wife, Jan, attend Briarwood Presbyterian Church, where he is an Elder. They have one daughter and a grandson.

 

Drayton Nabers, Jr. graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School and then clerked for Justice Hugo Black at the U. S. Supreme Court. He practiced law in Birmingham for 12 years and then became General Counsel of Protective Life Corporation. During his 22 years at Protective, he led the company to unparalleled growth, serving as President and then CEO. He also served on the boards of Alabama National BanCorporation and ProAssurance Corporation.

After retiring from Protective, Drayton served two years as Finance Director for Alabama, and then three years as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He has been active in the local community having served as Chairman of the Board of United Way of Central Alabama, Chairman of Leadership Birmingham, and Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Schools, an inner-city Christian school. He was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor.

Drayton and his wife, Fairfax, live in Birmingham and attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They have three children and four grandchildren.

 

Chuck V. Welden, III holds a B.S. from the University of Alabama in Commerce and Business Administration, Law Degree from George Washington University and Master of Law in Taxation from New York University, where he graduated first in his class. After practicing law at the Birmingham law firm of Burr & Forman, Chuck joined WeldenField, a Birmingham based family real estate company. He is currently President of Southeastern Properties Development, Inc., a division of WeldendField. His primary focus is on acquisition and development opportunities including retail, office, multifamily, single family, hotel, active adult and land developments. He has served as a member of the Young Executive Board of Directors of Compass Bank and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

Chuck is actively involved with Campus Outreach (a college outreach ministry), has been on numerous overseas missions trips and has a passion for business as missions. Chuck and his wife, Lauren, reside in Birmingham, Alabama and have four children. They are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

 

Dave Worland is the Executive Vice President of the National Christian Foundation and is responsible for the Affiliate Services Team which serves the Local Christian Foundations.

Dave attended High Point University where he received his BA in Non Profit Agency Administration. He has 20 years of experience in managing non-profits in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia along with 7 years experience in bank management in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to coming to NCF in 1999, he served as the Founding President of the Local Christian Foundation in Chattanooga.

Dave is active in his church, Rock Creek Fellowship, PCA where he serves as an Elder and teaches and leads small group Bible studies. He is active in his civic and professional groups and is the Scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop.

Dave and his wife, Sally, reside near Chickamauga, Georgia with their four children, Craig, Scott, Bonny Jean and Suzannah.

 

James T. Pursell, Sr. is Chairman of the Board of the Pursell Family Corporation. He graduated with a B.S. degree from Auburn University School of Business in 1952. He served four years in the Air Force during the Korean War as a Bombardier-Navigator. He became president of the family fertilizer business in 1964, helping grow the company into the premier manufacturer of controlled released fertilizer technology in the world.

In 1975, Jim committed his life to Christ. He also committed at that time to run his company based on Christian principles, and his life has not been the same since. He has served as an elder at Knollwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Sylacauga, was a founding member of the International Board of Directors, Fellowship of Companies for Christ and has served on the Alabama Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jim has also served as Chairman of the State of Alabama Ethics Commission, and as a member of the Alabama Certificate of Need (CON) Board.

In 2003, the Pursell family developed FarmLinks, an 18-hole golf course, featured as the world’s first research and demonstration golf course, on their farm in Fayetteville, Alabama. Golf course superintendents come weekly to learn the best and latest techniques in golf course management. Also, thru the First Tee Program, FarmLinks gives hundreds of children the opportunity, not only to learn to play golf, but more importantly to learn positive life skills.

Jim and Chris have been married fifty four years. They have three children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They live on their farm in Fayetteville.

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