Key Personnel Biographies

By , October 12, 2009
David Lorency has enjoyed more than thirty-eight years of dynamic ministry characterized with ministry to the underprivileged and poor around the world. His early ministry began on the streets of Virginia Beach, VA where David started Youth Challenge Outreach and served as Chaplain to the Norfolk City Jail. YCO was an umbrella ministry for numerous coffee houses, servicemen’s centers and beach ministry stations, all characterized by reaching the youth of America as they descended on the local beaches. During the next five years, YCO became a part of the Jesus Movement and grew into a ministry reaching thousands of youth, employing nine full-time and seventy part-time staff members.It was during this time that YCO moved beyond Virginia Beach and into Mexico. The Osborn Foundation donated evangelism vans complete with sound equipment to David. He and his family drove the vans to Mexico holding crusades and establishing churches. Robert Tyndale donated 1,500 Bibles and the American Bible Society donated three million Bibles, Bible portions and tracts. At one point, more than 11 million tracts were taken into Mexico.The same successful and driven attitude also propelled David into the pastorate. For eleven years, Lorency and his family served three churches across America. At each location, the ministry focused on the needs of the community and encouraging the church to respond. It was this unselfish sharing of resources that caused his churches to grow numerically and financially. Whether in Detroit, MI, Bakersfield, CA or Alabaster, AL, David’s ministry made a global impact upon the poor and those caught in catastrophic circumstances.Because of Lorency’s commitment, the Church of God asked David to serve as the director for the Metro Church Plant in Northern New England. Under his leadership many new churches were established and remain strong today. David continued to lead on the state level as he served as the Evangelism Director of both Chicago Metro and California. In Chicago, David was responsible for starting many ethnically diverse churches and their strength is evidence of David’s commitment to excellence. In California, David’s emphasis was on strengthening the local church and he accomplished this by developing many conferences and seminars featuring internationally known pastors and evangelists. More than 100 churches were started during Lorency’s ministry.In 2000, David Lorency was selected to serve as Executive Director of Operation Compassion, a non-profit international disaster relief charity. David has guided and directed the growth and development of Operation Compassion from a small charity handling less than 100 semis per year to a charity handling more than 1,500 semis. In addition to the growth in the number of semis, Lorency has been instrumental in financial growth as well. David was rewarded for his dedicated service to Operation Compassion when he was named the President in 2006.

Since 2000, David has resided in Cleveland, TN with his wife, Laura. David and Laura have four daughters, three sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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Lisa Boen came to Operation Compassion from a successful career in the retail market. After having spent much of her time serving people purchase product, Lisa decided to join Operation Compassion where she could serve people life sustaining product. Operation Compassion was a small charity getting started when Lisa was hired to do the paperwork. For several years, Lisa kept up with the record keeping and helped load and unload trucks from time to time.As Operation Compassion grew, Lisa continued to develop her skills and competencies to keep pace with the growing demands of corporate growth. Her expertise developed in logistics and support as she became warehouse manager of Operation Compassion’s Alabama warehouse. In March 2003, Lisa moved her family to Cleveland, TN to assume the day to day management of our main international warehouse.Since Operation Compassion has experienced explosive growth during this time, Lisa was named Vice President of Operations for Operation Compassion which includes the day to day management of the warehouse staff, transportation staff and the procurement staff.Lisa currently resides in Cleveland, TN with her husband Gary and daughter, Baylee. Lisa’s oldest daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren also reside in Cleveland, TN.
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Tim Burdashaw has enjoyed more than thirty-four years of dynamic ministry characterized by compassion and care for the poor and marginalized. While attending college, Tim received an assignment to pastor a chapel in a retirement complex where he regularly provided for the special needs of the constituents. This became the norm as he embarked upon a pastoral ministry that encompassed more than sixteen years of ministry to the poor and needy in small rural locations and major metropolitan areas.While ministering in Chicago, Burdashaw initiated a program to Cook County Jail inmates’ families. This program helped family members locate services within the city that would enable them to continue to provide for their children while their spouses were incarcerated. Hundreds of inmates’ family members were helped each year with basic necessities and Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and toys.When Burdashaw moved to Wichita, KS, he began a hot meal feeding program that was totally supported by the community. The homeless were bused from downtown and were fed, clothed and showered while at the church. More than one hundred homeless were fed each week. During the winter months, he opened the church as an emergency shelter for the homeless and those without adequate heat.For the majority of his professional life, Burdashaw has given attention to meeting other’s needs. During a catastrophic illness that dominated his life for seven years, he was busy helping others hospitalized alongside him. Comforting and counseling other patients dealing with a similar illness, Tim never considered quitting or trying something different. His health and healing were wrapped up in his ability to help others.In November 2001, Burdashaw joined the staff of Operation Compassion. Over the years, Operation Compassion has experienced unprecedented growth. Each month the volume of semis received and shipped grew as did the number of people serviced. Operation Compassion has responded to major disasters, hunger in rural and urban America, poverty in third world countries including medical and dental clinics, birthing stations and feeding centers. Throughout the world and across the United States, children, widows, senior adults and single parent families have been and will continue to be the priority of Operation Compassion.

Currently, Tim is the Vice President of Development and Communications. Since 1995, Tim Burdashaw has resided in Cleveland, TN along with his wife, Debbie. Tim is currently working on his doctorate degree, writing his dissertation on disaster relief and preparedness within a ministry context. Tim and Debbie have two children, a daughter-in-law and one granddaughter, who also give of themselves to others.

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Casey Smith has an extensive background in community service, both professionally and as a volunteer. At the age of 20, he embarked on an early career of full-time ministry and service. He led an exciting youth program as the Youth Pastor at a prominent church in Pulaski, Virginia. There, the county and state government honored him with several awards for his work in partnering with the county youth director in establishing at-risk youth programs in the local area. Soon after, he was invited to become a member of the team at the Church of God Children’s Home of North Carolina providing a positive and safe-living environment for hurting, abused, dependent neglected and at-risk children placed privately and by the North Carolina Department of Social Services.He accepted the call and appointment while in North Carolina to serve as Lead Pastor of a church in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, and would eventually lead churches in 3 states serving as Lead Pastor for a total of 12 years. At each church, Casey’s ministry prioritized the equipping of the church for the work of ministry, within the community. This was not only a philosophy taught but was modeled in his practice. Following his ministry as Lead Pastor in Boaz, Alabama, he would be elected as the State Director of Youth and Christian Education for the Church of God in the state of Arizona.

Casey served as a chaplain to hospitals, Sheriff Departments, Police Departments, Jails and Emergency Operation Centers. He worked with the Florida Department of Health, as a community organizer leading the Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program for Franklin County. He was elected as the Precinct Chairmen of the Republican Party for the Flats District in North Carolina. He founded several food banks and served on the board of directors of the Franklin County Food Bank in Apalachicola, Florida. He was appointed to the Church of God Singles Advisory board from 2005-2008 and presently serves on the Board of Directors for Readiness Living, Inc., a Christian based organization providing live workshops and DVD courses in all-hazards readiness training.

In the summer of 2011, Casey became the Vice President of International Programs at Operation Compassion and the Field Director of the Global Child Network. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lee University and a Masters of Religious Education from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds credentials as an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee, and as a Disaster Chaplain commissioned by the Church of God Chaplains Commission. He has a number of certifications through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute and is certified through the United States Border Patrol in Basic Man Tracking. Casey and his wife, Heather, have two sons and reside in Cleveland, Tennessee.
.Casey Smith
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