The Word at Work is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation in Amarillo, Texas. Our Board of Directors is comprised of men and women across the US who support The Word at Work's mission and desire to see it grow into God’s unique vision.
Geoff Wright - President
Geoff Wright is an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat physician) in Amarillo, Texas. He grew up in Amarillo and returned to practice medicine in his hometown in 1986. He is an elder and has been a teacher at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Amarillo for several years. Since a medical mission trip to Belize with the Word at Work, he has been involved with the Board in finding ways to accomplish God's mission both in Amarillo and Belize. Geoff is pictured here with his wife, Lacy.
Ron Allen - Vice President
Ron Allen was born in Canyon TX, graduated from WTSU in 1985. Allen has served on TWAW board since inception. He has served on many mission trips and various vision trips through the years. Ron worked in the construction business for 30 years and shares that experience with TWAW. He has 2 teenage children – McKayla 13 – 3 trips to Belize. Remy 15 – 6 trips to Belize. “What an honor to serve our Lord by serving others. It is easy to feel insignificant in the mass or humanity around us; but, when God allows us to use the gifts that he gave us to enhance and touch the lives of others – that’s when we become significant. Thank you Lord.”
Rodger Hudson - Treasurer
Rodger Hudson is a CPA and works for a local convenience store retailer in Amarillo, TX. He was born and raised in Amarillo and attends Pinnacle Community Church where he serves as an elder and on the finance team. Rodger and his wife Leslea felt the call to get involved with mission work and went on a few short-term mission trips to Mexico. In 2012, they went on a vision trip with the TWAW and could see God calling them to be part of what He was doing in Belize through TWAW and went on their first mission trip with Pinnacle in 2013 to Belize. Rodger and Leslea say “We love how long-term relationships are being built through our mission trips to Belize and look forward in seeing how God continues use TWAW to touch lives and spread the love of Christ in Belize”.
Janie Thomas - Secretary
Janie Thomas has been a director of The Word at Work since 2014. She works in product sales and accounting services in Amarillo, Texas. She has a son and daughter and four grandsons. Writing is a gift and she uses it to help The Word at Work by writing promotional materials, policies and procedures. Her passion is the scholarship program in Belize, finding sponsors to help pay tuition costs for high school age students, and other educational opportunities like improving the community library in The Valley of Peace. The photo was taken in 2015 with a host family in the Valley of Peace, where she stayed for a week. Janie is sponsor of two of the family’s grandsons.
I am a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lubbock, TX. My first trip to Belize was in 1998 and have been about 10 times since. I am an ordained elder at Westminster and spend local time coordinating two ministries, Loads of Love (a laundromat for women, staffed by volunteers) and the Voucher ministry (food vouchers, food pantry and gasoline vouchers, also staffed by volunteers). I am a retired social worker, having worked predominantly in Children’s Protective Services, adult mental health, and nursing home investigations. My husband is Lynn Zickefoose of 35 years. We have 3 adult children, all married, and have 7 grandchildren. Missions are near and dear to my heart and feel called by God to work wherever he calls me.
Kurt Oheim, D.Min. is Lead Pastor of Pinnacle Community Church in Amarillo, Texas, a church he and his wife, Laura, shared in founding in 1997 with a group of dear friends. He and Laura have been in active ministry since 1981 serving in churches in Colorado, Louisiana and Texas. Kurt and Laura have four adult children. Three sons and wives live in Austin, and their daughter lives in Amarillo, with her husband. Kurt, Laura and Pinnacle have been partnering with The Word at Work since 2012. They love serving along side their friends and family on their many trips to Belize. One of Kurt’s “hobbies” is videography and photography. His videos are created under the name "A Work in Progress Films," and he produces videos for The Word at Work.
President/CEO Allen Beverages, Inc.
Graduated Gulfport East High School in 1970
Graduated MS State University in 1974 (B.S./Marketing)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council
Board Member/The Peoples Bank – Biloxi, MS
Board Member/The Peoples Bank Holding Company – Biloxi, MS
Pine Burr Council of Boy Scouts of America – Past President
Board Member/Mississippi Soft Drink Association
Board Member/The Nourishing Place – Gulfport, MS
Elder/First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs
Board Member/Great Southern Golf Club
Board Member/People Against Litter
Area Command Board Member – The Salvation Army
President/Executive Advisory Board-College of Business-MS State University
COB, Christian Montessori School of Ocean Springs
Board Member/The Word at Work
I am the Lead Pastor for The Vine Community Church in Clovis, NM. My wife Sharla and I have three girls. I have been going to Belize with The Word At Work since 2004 and I am so thankful to be on the Board. I look forward to serving in this capacity and being involved in what God is doing through The Word At Work in Belize.
I believe God has some amazing things in store for all of us if we will allow Him to lead us.