Board of Directors

Our Prayer Teams consist of experienced lay men & women, and clergy of the Christian faith. The Blessing Place is Non-Denominational and Holy Spirit driven.  



Director

Rev. John Rice

In 2012, Rev. John Rice felt the Spirit's leading to retire from 24 years of parish ministry in order to have more time and energy for his heart's desire, "to encourage, equip, and empower God's people for Jesus' healing ministry."  The Lord has blessed his ministry through many invitations from churches and healing groups throughout the United States to teach and equip others in ways of praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

John and his wife Debra recently moved into their new home just outside Burnsville, North Carolina, where he's been turning an old potato patch into Mountain View Flower farm.  A little fishing and being 'Poppi' to two beautiful granddaughters keep him well occupied when home.




Education / Event Planner

Kim Garland

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Kim first met and gave her life to Jesus at the age of 27 in a small non-denominational church and, because she was studying to become a teacher, she was immediately asked to teach the children’s Sunday School class.  She says, “The kids and I learned about Jesus together!”  She has been learning with kids about Jesus ever since – 30 years in Christian Children’s Ministry!

In addition to teaching kids about Jesus, Kim’s passions are praying with others to help them experience the love, healing and freedom of Jesus and teaching others how to pray.  Kim became interested in Christian healing ministry after reading books by Catherine Marshall and in about 2007 when she first heard about The Order of St. Luke the Physician, an ecumenical healing ministry.  She went through the training to become a member of a new OSL chapter that started in her community and quickly was asked to lead the group.  She has been an enthusiastic student, advocate and teacher of Jesus’ healing ministry ever since. 

Kim is married to Randall and together they have raised four boys to be wonderful young men and are enjoying being Grammy and Grandpa to their adorable granddaughter.  In her spare time Kim enjoys running with her best friend and prayer partner and reading everything she can get her hands on about walking in freedom and wholeness with Jesus.  Kim and Randall are long-time, active members of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville, NC where Kim is the Director of Children’s Ministry, of course.




Assistant to the Director

Ed Pagán

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Ed was born on the island of Puerto Rico where he lived for a total of 13 years.  Enrolled in studies to become a doctor at the University of South Florida and later at Rutgers University, NJ, he was not able to complete the curriculum due to family responsibilities.  Eventually, however, he began to work in the field of pathology in areas ranging from biomedical research, to histology, to working in a hospital morgue performing autopsies.  Having an interest in technology, Ed later returned to school while in the medical field and single father at the time, obtaining a degree in Network Engineering and Data communications.

Going through many valleys and not raised in the church, Ed began his quest for the truth, eventually responding to God’s calling, surrendered to Jesus, and began what he likes to call "full time discipleship".  

Developing a passion for the lost and needy, Ed began to share the hope he found in the gospel.  Some of the areas of service for the Lord include: technology in the church, helping and housing the homeless, prison & prayer ministries, facilitating Bible studies, and serving as deacon.  Through an inter-denominational & non-denominational road, the Lord continues to work in Ed’s life (together with his wife, Brenda) helping others bring wholeness to their lives at The Blessing Place of Western North Carolina, as Co-Convener of the OSL - Mountain Chapter (an ecumenical ministry of Christian healing), as well as other areas of the mission field. He also enjoys volunteering in many areas and serving as Registrar of the Blue Ridge Walk to Emmaus (Spiritual Renewal Weekend Events).  Finding joy in all of the above, Ed enjoys photography and can also be seen hiking the mountains of western NC with Jesus and his wife Brenda.  Come join us!




Music & Worship Coordinator

Debbie McCraw

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Debbie joined The Blessing Place in December of 2018 as Worship Leader. Her spiritual journey began with the Episcopal Church in a small town in southern New Jersey. Her family moved to North Carolina in 1976, but it wasn’t until 1998 that Debbie found a true relationship with her Lord Jesus.  Her experience at The Walk to Emmaus changed her spiritual life forever as her Lord and Savior lead her into interdenominational churches where she shares her joy of worship and her love for God. Currently, she attends Liberty Covenant in Micaville, NC, where she is on the worship team and leads worship at the Wednesday night service.

Debbie grew up playing instruments and singing; God has blessed her with these gifts and she shares them with others through leading worship in her church, serving many times as a weekend music director for The Walk to Emmaus, and singing for her Hospice clients.

Debbie continues her participation with The Walk to Emmaus mostly as a music director, but also as a newly elected board member, and most recently serving as Lay Director for a women’s walk this past February. Debbie is also an active Family/Patient Volunteer for Yancey County Hospice, near Burnsville, NC. Other than Jesus and her family, Debbie’s other passions range from crocheting just about anything, to bee keeping and raiding their hard working girls of that delicious honey.




Registrar

Brenda Pagán

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Brenda was born in southern WV and at the age of 4 her family moved to PA where she was raised in a Christian home environment and confessed her faith in baptism at the age of 12 in a nondenominational church.  She remained a faithful member and regularly attended the same church (different locations) for a large part of her life.

Brenda received her bachelor’s degree for Elementary Education and taught 2nd, 3rd, and 1st grade (in that order) for 18 years before retiring.  She is married to the love of her life and soul mate, Ed Pagán.  She has one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons who live in Texas.

Her different roles in church throughout the years have involved teaching children’s classes, heading a single’s ministry, leading a women’s group, helping with prison ministry, establishing and running a church library, and eventually getting involved in the technology room during the worship hour.  Brenda and Ed’s passion for the mountains and serving God led them to Western North Carolina where they are involved in different ministries outside the church they now attend.  Brenda is the registrar, a prayer minister, and serves on the board for The Blessing Place.  She is an active member, prayer minister, and greeter of the OSL - Mountain Chapter Christian Healing Ministry in Asheville.  She can also be caught volunteering behind the scenes or serving on teams at most every walk for the Blue Ridge Walk to Emmaus (Spiritual Renewal Retreat) where she is also the newsletter editor. In her spare time, she loves quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, baking and playing the piano.




 
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    • Tuesday, November 3 7:30 – 9:00 PM EST. via Zoom Meeting
    • The Power of Praying Blessings with Kim Garland

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