About Us

MISSION

The mission of this organization shall be to nurture the spirituality of any person, to facilitate the gathering of people, and to equip them for love and good deeds in the likeness of Jesus Christ. The nurture and care of children shall be its top priority. The embracing of God’s creation at Camp Selah shall be its primary tool of ministry.

VISION

This mission shall be implemented through individual and group experiences such as retreats, camps, opportunities for spiritual direction, seminars, workshops, festivals and electronic conversations.

VALUES

  1. The life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  2. The created spirituality of each person.
  3. The transformation of human lives through the conversion and nurturing of their souls.
  4. The importance of both knowledge and wisdom.
  5. The creative arts.
  6. Honoring all people as children of God without regard to race, color, socioeconomic status, physically or mentally disadvantaged, denomination affiliation or sexual orientation.

GOVERNANCE

The mission and vision of this work shall be guided by a designated community (Board of Directors and subsequent Advisors/Counsels) who are committed to the teachings of Christ.

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sallye Hardy

Sallye has given her entire life to serving children and their families, through local pastorates, directing Pitt County’s Family Violence Program, and owner/operator of The Rocker Room Child Care Center. She was raised in Pittsylvania County, where her father, the Reverend R. Fletcher Hardy III, pastored United Methodist Churches for over fifty years. Her confidence in God’s creative and redeeming power inspire her vision and commitment to Camp Selah Ministries. “This is a great opportunity for people who believe in the love of Christ to practice their faith and really make a difference. If we can get people here, the nature God has provided will bestow upon them the Selah experience—rest and renewal.” 

Sallye is a graduate of Asbury College and Duke Divinity School. She is a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Her hobbies include leather work, caning chairs and watching children’s movies.

Robert Cutchins, PHR

Robert has been employed with Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital (Norfolk, VA)  for 15 years, and serves as Human Resources manager, responsible for hiring medical and non-medical staff, administering policies and handling all employee benefits. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ashford University (Clinton, IA). Robert is a resident and native of Portsmouth, VA, and serves as organist for the congregations of Berea Christian Church and Holland Christian Church, both located in Suffolk, VA. 

Robert brings to Camp Selah a love of people, as well as a deep, working knowledge of computer technology. He is dedicated to bringing together technology and people in a way that supports, promotes and serves Camp Selah’s mission. Robert’s hobbies include boating aboard his classic Chris Craft cruiser, exploring new computer technologies, and listening to a variety of different music genres.

Lauren Purgason

Lauren loves people, especially kids. She has always been driven to “make a difference” in the lives of little ones, which led her to become a mother and teacher. Lauren has served as a camp counselor, assistant, and director. She has also enjoyed teaching bible school, children’s church, and directing children’s Christmas productions. Living and working in Pittsylvania County, Lauren graduated from Averett University with a Masters of Education Degree and holds a Virginia pre-kindergarten through grade 6 teaching license. She is employed by Pittsylvania County Schools as an elementary teacher and also actively serves on her church’s Family Ministries team.

Lauren is excited that God has opened the door and allowed her to become part of the Board for this great organization. Lauren hopes to help this team make Camp Selah a place that adults and children can come to find what their minds, souls, and bodies need, whatever that may be! Her prayer is that God will take her small talents and experiences, past and present, and in some way use them for extraordinary service!

Hank Teague

Rev. F.H. “Hank” Teague is an avid outdoorsman born and raised in rural eastern North Carolina. A 1990 graduate of the NCSU College of Forest Resources, he has managed corporate and private timberlands in Eastern Virginia as a certified professional forester. After responding to God’s call to pastoral ministry he transitioned to a new vocation as a United Methodist pastor in 2000.

 Hank says, “I fell in love with Camp Selah in the summer of 2014 when our youth group helped with phase one of the 'treehouse community.' Now I am honored to serve on Selah’s Board of Directors. In this position I can apply my passions for ministry, land management and connecting people to God through creation care and Christian community."

Hank received a BS in Forestry from NC State and a MDiv. from Virginia Union University. He is married to his college sweetheart, Paula, and they are beginning a new season as “empty nesters.”  They are proud parents of Forrest and Christi. Forrest is a 2016 graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College, serving as a UMC Lay Pastor in Chesapeake, VA. Christi is pursuing an Athletic Training degree at East Carolina University. Hank also enjoys reading, outdoor exploring, fishing, hunting, working on cars and “piddling” with wood and metalworking projects.