Board of Directors Fall 2013
Board of Directors Fall 2013

President: Dr. Eddie Gibson

Dr. Gibson lives in his home town of Collins, MS. He has been married to his wife, Linda, for more than 43 years. They have two married sons, James and Michael. They also have been blessed with four precious grandchildren. Dr. Gibson received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1977. He then returned to his home town and established Covington County Animal Hospital, a mixed animal solo practice. Dr. Gibson practiced for 25 ½ years, before selling his practice on December 31, 2002. Shortly after that Dr. Gibson began working for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Food Safety Inspection Service as a Public Health Veterinarian. Dr. Gibson is now retired, but is busier than ever.

Dr. Gibson’s involvement with the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission began in 1991. Over the years, Dr. Gibson has served in many capacities on teams and with Honduras Baptist Dental Mission, Inc. itself. In 1994, he acted as a liaison between HBDM, Inc. and the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board to help establish a partnership between the two organizations. He became a team captain and a member of the board of directors in 2000. Dr. Gibson was elected chairman of the board in 2003 and continues to serve in that capacity. He continues to serve as a Team Captain, having led 20 teams.

As chairman of the board, it has always been Dr. Gibson’s desire to see as many people as possible come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior through the work of HBDM, Inc. He feels that he is so blessed to have been a part of what God has done for and through HBDM, Inc. He has realized one of his dreams in seeing the completion of a complete mission compound, totally designed and built to meet the needs of the many dedicated volunteers and employees that serve our Savior through HBDM, Inc. This compound was made possible through the blessings of God. The construction was all completed with no debt incurred by HBDM, Inc. Another dream and long time desire of Dr. Gibson's has been to see an enhanced effort placed on discipleship. As of January 2018, another missionary family will begin service on the field and their duty will be to disciple new believers. Dr. Gibson has always stated that he was not concerned about HBDM, Inc. being the biggest, but that he wanted it to strive to be the best that it could be.

Bob Ledlow

Board Member, Emeritus

Dr. Bob Ledlow has served as the Associate Pastor of the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Dothan, AL for the past 10 years. He and his wife, Nan have 3 children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bob is a graduate of Samford University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and International Bible Institute & Seminary in Orlando, FL where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree.

With over fifty years in the ministry, Dr. Bob has served in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Russel Patterson

Dr. Russell Patterson is no stranger to Honduras, the mission, or many of you. Russ has been involved in this mission ever since 1987, starting as each of us does, by serving as a regular team member. He became a team captain in 1988 when he and his wife, Elaine, brought the first North Carolina team to our mission. In 1992, Russell accepted God's call into full time missions and went to Honduras as a "Faith Missionary" to work alongside Earl Elkins, the Field Coordinator. Elaine joined him the following year bringing along their two high school age sons, John and Heath. They worked together with Earl until 1993 when Earl's failing health brought him home to the states. Russell took over as Field Coordinator for Honduras Baptist Dental Mission and worked in coordination with the Mississippi Brotherhood to put teams on the field all over Honduras. He remained in that position for five more years before returning to the states. He is now serving as Associate Pastor of Music at East Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC, and Elaine is retired from teaching high school art. John is a telemetry nurse in Charlotte, NC, and Heath is a civil engineer and Head of Maintenance with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. in Jackson, MS. Heath assisted Russell with drainage and leveling work on the new mission compound in El Plan when it was being constructed. Elaine painted the dining hall and restroom murals in 2010, and painted the outdoor mural behind the Ward house in 2015.

William Wells

Board Member, Emeritus

William is a native of Laurel, Ms. a graduate of R. H. Watkins High School, Jones County Junior College and The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and has been practicing pharmacy in Laurel 42 years, currently the owner and manager of Wells Pharmacy.

He is a devoted family man, married to Irene Hogan Wells of the Matthews community in Jones Co. and they will celebrate their 42nd Anniversary in November 2007. They have 4 sons, William, Jr. a nursing student, Robert "Bobby", a RN, Nathan, school administrator, and Jonathan, pharmacist and now serving as Captain in the US Army Medical Corp, OIC Bryan Jones Medical Center Out patient pharmacy, Fort Polk, La. William and Irene are proud grandparents of soon to be 14 grandchildren.

William is a deacon First Baptist Church of Laurel, Ms. having served on the mission committee as well as numerous other positions in the church, including Chairman of the Deacon body. He proudly serves in Men’s Ministry, and enjoys cooking and serving at the prayer breakfasts. He is also a member of the Friday Morning men’s prayer group, and a member of the Laurel Gideon South Camp.

He has served the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission faithfully since 1975, having been a board member for many years. He has served as Chairman and treasurer of the board, and has made numerous trips to Honduras beginning in l975, having been a team captain many times over the years.

As a result of the Honduras mission, William founded the Good Shepherd Dental Medical Clinic of Laurel, a local Christian clinic providing free dental, medical, and pharmaceuticals to a multi county area.

Richard Williford

Richard Williford and his wife, Joan, reside in Chattanooga, TN. They are the proud parents of 2 grown children, both of whom have participated in missions to Honduras.

Richard graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and is currently practicing retail pharmacy with CVS Pharmacy. He is a long time member of Red Bank Baptist Church where he serves on the mission’s committee.

Richard became involved with Honduras Baptist Dental Mission in 1990 when he participated in his first mission to Honduras. He has served as team member, team captain, advisory board member, and since 1999 has served on the board of directors for HBDM, Inc.

Richard also serves on the board of directors for Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras.

Jeff Fairchild

Originally from Birmingham, Jeff now lives in Gadsden, AL with his wife of twenty years, Misti and their three daughters, Blake, Sydney and Mackenzie Kate. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1992. He continued on at UAB in the School of Dentistry, graduating in 1996 and completing his residency in the specialty of Endodontics in 1999. He maintains a practice in Endodontics in the Gadsden area.

Jeff began taking mission trips with the HBDM in 2002 and has not missed a trip since that time traveling with several teams each year. It is his greatest joy to use the gifts that God has granted him to help the people of Honduras and see many come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Since his election to the Board of Directors of HBDM, Jeff has primarily been focused on the building and equipping of the Medical and Dental clinic inside the compound at El Plan. It is amazing to see God’s hand at work in supplying needs in this area and Jeff considers it a privilege to be a part.

Jeff and his family are active members of White Springs Baptist Church in Rainbow City, AL where he serves as an active Deacon and member of the Missions Committee. It is a blessing to have his entire family joining him on mission for the Lord each year as they grow into adulthood and seek God’s plan for their lives.

Dr. Martin Harvey

Martin Harvey practices family medicine in his home town of Collins, MS.   A graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, and the Tuscaloosa Family Practice Residency at the University of Alabama, he returned to Collins in 1998 to enter private practice in family medicine and obstetrics.  Employed at Collins Family Practice Clinic since 2000, he is a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Collins.   Martin is married to Lisa Hannah Harvey. They are the parents of two girls, Hannah Elizabeth and Mary Catherine.

Martin has been associated with Honduras Baptist Dental Mission since 2001, serving as a physician on Dr. Eddie Gibson’s mission team.  He has been on the HBDM board of directors since 2013.

Dr. Lewe West

Lewe West practiced general internal medicine in Dothan, Alabama for 30 years. He is a 1977 graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School, and completed a three year residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1980. He has been on 10 medical mission trips to Honduras, often accompanied by either his wife Sandra or his son Jeremy. He is an active member of Mount Gilead Baptist church in Dothan, where he teaches a men's Precept Bible study. His hobbies include grandchildren, travel, horses, reading, and the beach at Panama City.

He and his wife have a heart for missions and the spread of the Gospel. They desire the continued growth and ministry of Honduras Baptist Medical Dental mission.

Larry Garland

Larry Garland resides in Belmont, North Carolina.  He has been married to his lovely wife Joy for over 30 years, and they have a daughter Heather and a son-in-law Walter.  Joy, Heather and Walter have also been on several mission trips to Honduras.  Larry has been on the North Carolina team since 1987. He graduated from the University of Colorado and is an owner-operator of Charlotte Paint Company, Inc, a painting/waterproofing contractor located in Mt. Holly, NC.

Larry is an active member of Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC, where he serves in many capacities, teaching, ushering, and missions.  He is also very active in his community in mentoring boys, and on the board of several charitable organizations and Gaston County organizations.

Larry has had the privilege of witnessing wonderful changes in the mission through the years.  The building of the mission compound, and the addition of God-fearing directors, teams, team captains, and team members whose main goal is to bring Jesus Christ to the Honduran people.  He has also witnessed: the birthing and building up of other organizations such as orphanages; churches taking up the conversion of people-groups like the Chorti (indigenous Mayan people);  and the leading of God in our missionaries (the Ward’s and Henderson’s) to proclaim that is -- and always will be -- HIS MISSION and TO HIS GLORY.