GraceWorks Global has been blessed with an amazing team of godly advisors! Allow us to introduce those whose wisdom guides the ministry of GraceWorks Global…
Our Board of Directors
Rev. Lee Spivey was born and raised in Ohio and has been the pastor of churches in Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona as well as an active-duty military member and reserve Air Force chaplain for twenty years, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. Lee has an undergraduate degree in Education, as well as graduate degrees in Pastoral Counseling and Business Administration. He also retired from a successful career as a supervisor in the Development Services Department of Phoenix Arizona. Over the years he has served as a board member for several non-profits, was an officer in several clergy associations and currently serves as an Elder in the church he and his wife, Carolyn, attend in Phoenix. Carolyn teaches and serves in women’s leadership positions as well. Lee and Carolyn have been married for fifty years, have five grown children and eleven grandchildren. Lee’s areas of interest are world and local missions, studying history, target shooting, and spending time with family.
Born and raised (one of nine children) in Robinson, Illinois, Ron graduated from High School in 1964 then attended Eastern Illinois University for three semesters but joined the Army in February 1966. Ron married his childhood sweetheart, Kaye, on Easter Sunday in March of 1967. Ron then attended Infantry Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, graduating as a 2ndLieutenant in December 1967. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1969 and was stationed in Japan from October 1979 through August 1983. During this time Ron and Kaye had three children (two girls and a boy). They were stationed at Ft. Huachuca when he retired from the Army in October 1987 as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the Army, Ron attended the University of Arizona receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering. Further schooling attended while in the Army resulted in a Master of Science equivalent in Telecommunications Engineering and a Masters in Safety and Systems Management. After retiring, Ron worked for a small electronics company in Sierra Vista, AZ as Vice President for Business Development for several years and then deployed to Iraq as a contractor in 2004, establishing Satellite Communications for the Multinational Corps.
Ron and Kaye moved to Payson, AZ in 2002 when Kaye was transferred as the President of a local bank and Ron traveled back and forth to Sierra Vista on weekends until November 2009 at which time he went to work for General Dynamics in Scottsdale as a Security Engineer, finally retiring in February 2016. Through the years, Ron and Kaye attended several different Christian Churches, first in Sierra Vista then in Payson, choosing Ponderosa Bible Church as their Church in 2005. Ron and Kaye continue to serve as Deacon and Deaconess as well as in several other mission areas. They both joined the local camp of the Gideons International in 2011 and continue to serve with them, spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Michael is 58 years old and accepted Jesus as his Savior in 1981. He has been married to Deborah for 22 years. Between them, they have 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren. Michael has lived in Payson for 37 years and currently serves as the Church Administrator for Ponderosa Bible Church in Payson and is an active Associate Broker of Real Estate. He also served on the Payson Town council for 8 1/2 years from 2008 through 2016, 6 of those years as Vice-Mayor.
Tom Cosper is a life-long resident of Arizona. He and Heidi, his wife of over 20 years, currently live in Payson where they are raising their 3 children. He works full-time as a pharmacist for a home delivery pharmacy in Phoenix and occasionally also works part-time at a local retail pharmacy. Prior to returning to school to become a pharmacist, Tom worked for a large mutual fund company. There he progressed through departments ranging from Investor Information and Web Technical Support to high-net-worth services and Education Savings also serving as a trainer. In his younger years, Tom spent summers working for the Forest Service in various capacities including on an engine-crew, hotshot crew, and in a lookout tower.
Growing up, Tom’s family were not churchgoers, but were believers, and he has always seen God in nature and had an absolute belief in God as the all-powerful Creator and considered himself a “Christian” although it was not the central focus in his life. This continued largely unchanged through young adulthood until gradually, with much support from Heidi, Tom began to actively seek the truth. It has been in the last decade though, through reading, prayer, regular attendance at Ponderosa Bible Church and the encouragement, influence, and inspiration of Pastor Allen Mann that Tom finally came to fully accept Jesus Christ as his Savior.Going forward, Tom is committed both to raising his children in the church and to growing in his own knowledge of God’s Word and the ability to share his belief with others. Seeing the commitment and passion Pastor Allen and his family have for missionary work, Tom also feels very strongly that through supporting the efforts of GraceWorks Global he will be helping to bring salvation to many who would otherwise never have had the opportunity.
Ed was born in Gloucester City, NJ on January 3, 1937 and graduated from Gloucester City High School in Gloucester City, NJ in July 1954. He began Mechanical Drafting in Cornwells Heights, PA in February 1956 then moved to Arizona in July of 1961 for the sake of his wife’s health. He began his 30 year employment with ITT Cannon Electric in Phoenix, AZ in October 1961 as a Draftsman and was promoted throughout the years to Designer, Checker, Senior Designer, Product Engineer, and finally finishing his career as Supervisor of the Design Group. (ITT Cannon Electric supported the Military and the “Space Race” with special Electrical Connectors and Cable Assemblies.) Ed served on the Board, and for several years as Treasurer, of the Division’s Credit Union.
In September of 1992, Ed bought property and moved to Wickenburg, AZ where he served as Treasurer for both Calvary Baptist Church and Wickenburg Christian Academy from 1993 to July 2004. Throughout his years in Arizona, he achieved a 26-year pin with AWANA and a 15-year pin for judging the AWANA Olympic Games.
Ed is presently attending and serving at Ponderosa Bible Church since moving to Payson in July of 2004.