Russell and Deborah Payne have announced their resignation as co-district executives of the Southeastern District, effective July 31, 2016. The Paynes began their ministry with the district on June 1, 2012.
Deborah Payne, an ordained minister, brought many years of experience in office and organizational management to district ministry. She previously served as executive director of Hope House of the Good Shepherd Inc. in Galax, Va. She also has served as a conference speaker, retreat leader, camp counselor, youth advisor, and provided pulpit supply. She is a 1999 graduate of Wytheville Community College with an AAS in Education, and a 2003 graduate of Bluefield College with a BS in Organizational Management and Development. She has completed the Three-Year Reading Course of the Christian Growth Institute.
Russell Payne, an ordained minister, brought 30 years of experience in ministry to district ministry. He previously served as a pastor in Virlina District, and also pastored churches in Tennessee and Indiana. He served as moderator of Virlina District, was a speaker at Southeastern District Conference, and a revival speaker in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, and West Virginia. He is a 1980 graduate of Steed College with an A.S. Degree in Business, a 1984 graduate of Graham Bible College, BBE, and has completed the Three-Year Reading Course of the Christian Growth Institute.