MEET OUR TEAM
Andy Bowersox is one of the founders of this ministry and has served as our Executive Director since 2009. Known as a friend to all, he is gifted at reaching others with encouragement and facilitating unique experiences for them. He devotes his time to developing new and creative ways to encourage and support our spiritual leaders, inspiring others to do the same. He likes coffee, has an insatiable appetite for adventure, and is passionate about caring for those who share the gospel and spend their lives spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. His dedication to this ministry is evidence of that God given passion.
Andy is married to Elizabeth and they have three beautiful children, Jake, Allie, and Sophie. Together they enjoy traveling, spending time at the lake, visiting with friends and family, and always trying new restaurants! Andy is accountable to our Board of Directors which includes local pastors and business leaders. He is responsible for upholding our vision, overseeing our retreats and all day to day operations of this ministry.
Pastor to Pastors/Leadership Coach
After serving more than 30 years in Pastoral Ministry, Robert joined Energize Ministries in the role of Pastor to Pastors/Leadership Coach. He has the practical experience of serving churches in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia which range in size from a church plant to over 3,000 members. He also shares a love for pastors and church leaders, and enjoys working with them during times of transition and growth.
Robert’s education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting , a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He has also been a certified Leadership Coach for almost 10 years and is completing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership Coaching from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Robert has been married to Jennifer for 30 years. They continue to have a burden for marriages and families, and are regularly sought out to do marriage or family seminars in addition to Robert’s preaching schedule. He and Jennifer have a passion and heart for mission work throughout the world. They have four adult children…They are also affectionately known as Poppy and Gigi to their grandchildren.
Gary & Laura Humpheys
Gary was raised in rural West Virginia in a hardworking, Godfearing family. His relationship with church was loosely formed through a little church on the dirt road he grew up on. But that little church planted seeds that later sprouted as Gary moved to North Carolina to go to college where his curiosity led him to minor in religion.
Laura was raised outside of Richmond, VA with her Christian parents where going to church every Sunday was a way of life. She moved to North Carolina for college where she met Gary and they were married shortly after graduating.
They got involved with their local church in NC and led youth groups, taught Sunday school, organized VBS, sat on numerous committees, and developed a heart for missions. They were active members of prayer and intercessory teams, counseling, and supporting missionaries.
In 2020 the Humphreys followed God’s call to the mission field of Alabama. They have a heart to help the hurting ministry leaders and supporting those in ministry to be the strongest weapons for the Kingdom that God created.
Gary and Laura have been married over 25 years and have three amazing daughters.
Van & Ressie Nelson
International Pastor Support
Both Van and Ressie Nelson were reared in Christian homes. Van grew up in a pastor’s home and was led to Christ by his dad. Growing up Ressie was encouraged to be involved in her church. They met in college and have served in missions together for over 20 years.
Van has previously served as a senior pastor, has been trained in Intentional Interim Ministry, and has served three churches as an interim pastor.
Van and Ressie serve with Energize Ministries as international pastor care partners. Their love for those in ministry grew out of their own experience, seeing the need first-hand. Today, they focus on caring for pastors and their wives and Christian leaders in Norway, Sweden, and the Caribbean but travel the world to minister to those who are often forgotten, pastors. The result is seeing pastors and Christian leaders with a renewed vision to “press towards the mark” (Philippians 3:14).
The Nelsons make their home in Winston-Salem, NC. When they are not traveling they minister here in the USA. They have four grown children who with their families are all walking with the Lord.
Pastor to Pastor
Jack was born in Urbana, Illinois and his family came to know Christ when he was four years old. It was the result of his miraculous healing from a rare kidney disease. In the summer of his fourteenth year, at a youth camp, he committed his life to full time ministry. Upon completion of this theological degree in 1969, he married his wife, Gayle and they have one daughter and two grandchildren.
Jack and Gayle have spent the last 50 years in ministry serving the Lord as youth pastors, children’s pastors and senior pastor (pastoring a growing church for 30 years with a full-time pastoral staff of eight). They also served on a Denominational Mission’s Counsel with extensive overseas ministry. They love serving pastors, congregations, and doing Bible teaching for men’s and women’s ministries.
Jack served for seven years as head police chaplain and as a sworn officer. He also served city government in a variety of appointed positions including Prescient of the Human Rights Commission.
The Chandlers enjoy travel, entertaining, and serving people. Jack enjoys fishing, golf and a variety of other sports.
Katrina is the daughter of Energize Ministries co-founder, pastor Dave Annan. She is one of seven children and growing up in a pastors family, she is fully aware of the internal and external pressures of spiritual warfare and what it’s like to live in a fishbowl with the sometimes unrealistic pressures placed upon our spiritual leaders.
Katrina loves the outdoors and loves to travel. She has unique experience living with international culture, most recently as she lived several months in Puerto Rico. She has a passion for fitness and studied Health and Wellness at the University of North of North Carolina. For a number of years she served Energize Ministries as the Executive Director’s Assistant. She now works full time with Samaritan’s Purse, but still loves contributing and supporting Energize as she can with her specialized skill set.
Cindy grew up as a PK and then spent 40 years as a pastor’s wife serving churches in PA, OH and then NC. She and her husband, Dave were high school sweethearts and raised seven children—6 girls and 1 boy-together. They are now blessed with 8 grandchildren. From a young child, Cindy knew she wanted to be a teacher and followed that dream by getting her degree in elementary education. She used those skills teaching in a Christian school and then homeschooling her children. She has spent the last 20 years directing a church preschool.
Being in ministry, their family experienced both the highs and lows of ministry and some of those lows inspired Dave to help found Energize Ministries. Dave passed away in 2018 after a four year battle with melanoma. Helping to carry on Dave’s dream here at Energize Ministries has brought much healing and joy on this new journey of widowhood.
Lodge Reservationist & Special Events
Melissa enjoys being a mother and wife. She has a son in college and a daughter who is ten. She lives in the country along with all of their chickens, rabbits, dog, cat and fish.
She especially enjoys working with children at a preschool during the mornings hours loving on them and sharing with them about Jesus. After working with her class she enjoys helping Energize Ministries in her afternoons. Melissa grew up in a pastor’s home and so brings a lot of insight into the blessings and challenges of growing up as a PK. She has a tender and willing heart to serve and loves helping others, especially pastors and their families.