Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, Inc.

Sharing hope...changing lives

Thomasville, NC   |


To provide the highest quality of Christian services to children, adults, and families in a caring culture of measurable excellence.

Vision Statement: Sharing hope...changing lives

Ruling year info


Executive VP of Development & Communications/ Interim President/CEO

Brenda B. Gray

Chief Operating Officer / Interim President & CEO

Keith Henry

Main address

PO Box 338

Thomasville, NC 27361 USA

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NTEE code info

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Foster Care (P32)

Child Day Care (P33)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) seeks to share hope with the vulnerable in our state and everywhere we are able to serve. From the tiniest of babies to the elderly, BCH operates a myriad of services to meet each person’s distinct needs. If it is an abused child who has been removed from his/her home, the need we address is providing a safe, family environment through BCH’s cottage care or foster care services where that child’s needs are met. Through 'Christian Adoption Services' we meet the need of the orphan crisis both locally and internationally. For the disabled elderly adult who cannot leave his or her home may need our North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry to build that person a wheelchair ramp or connect him/her with a volunteer through our “One Hope” outreach. The goal is to meet specific needs to improve someone’s quality of life and replace feelings of despair with ones filled with hope.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Care

Residential Care for children is provided throughout Baptist Children's Homes (BCH) statewide locations. School-age boys and girls live with professionally-trained child care workers (houseparents) in a Christian, family environment. When the family is involved, BCH’s case managers work with family members to help them identify and overcome their challenges.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Emergency Care is provided on each residential campus. Emergency Care offers safe, immediate care for a child during a family crisis. Maximum length of stay is 60 days.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Residential Wilderness Camping is provided for boys and girls in a highly-structured, outdoor environment. Cameron Boys Camp and Camp Duncan for Girls residential program give children and families an opportunity to overcome problems through an alternative education program and group process. The camps are licensed non-public schools. Visit and

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

After Care is provided to a child and custodian following residential service. The purpose is to help the family make a successful transition from residential care back to living together as a family or to the appropriate permanent plan. The length of after care is determined by the needs of the child and family/legal custodian.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Family Care offers supportive group homes for hard-working single mothers and their children. The transitional program provides a goal-focused living environment within a cottage setting. Family Care is specifically structured to help mothers transition to a successful, independent living situation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Teen Mother and Baby Residential Care is a group home providing care and parental education to teenage mothers and their babies. The home provides an on-site day care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

Weekday Education is a five-star education program in Thomasville offering developmentally appropriate classes for children ages six weeks to five years old.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Developmental Disabilities Ministry (DDM) provides special needs adults long-term residential care and the opportunity to reach their highest level of independence in community-based, gender-specific group homes. Visit

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) is a dynamic resource dedicated to serving NC’s aging and their families by providing information and referrals, connecting the aging and their families with resources to meet needs, and coordinating practical ministries. Visit

Population(s) Served

Fancy Finds is a unique outreach ministry offering an estate sale service, creative furniture restoration, and "do it yourself” (DIY) classes. It will offer an upscale resale store (coming soon) featuring gently used and repurposed furniture and home decor items. Item donations and volunteer efforts empower Fancy Finds. All proceeds benefit BCH’s statewide ministries. Learn more at

Population(s) Served

Orphan Care is provided to abandoned and neglected children in Xela, Guatemala through the Good Shepherd Children’s Home. Children receive a caring home, nutritious food, clothing, medical care and other daily provisions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples

Homebase College Student Ministry aids students who have aged out of the children’s residential and foster care system and do not have adequate family support. It offers physical, emotional and spiritual programs and resources to help students achieve success.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Succession Planning - BCH University High potential employees will be identified and mentored to ensure leadership continuity in critical positions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Caregivers, Families, Foster and adoptive parents

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Identify high potential employees within the organization and develop a path for them to grow.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina's (BCH) purpose is to provide the highest quality of Christian services to children, adults and families in a caring culture of measurable excellence.

The statewide nonprofit was founded more than 130 years ago by longtime Baptist John Haymes Mills in the North Carolina community of Thomasville. Mills' dream to establish a safe haven for boys and girls was realized on November 11, 1885 when he welcomed into care nine year old Mary Presson, the first child ever admitted to BCH.
Since that day, the organization has grown its infrastructure and diversified its programs particularly under the leadership of the BCH President/CEO for more than three decades.

Today, in addition to its children's residential services, BCH offers a variety of dynamic programs that includes residential care for adults with developmental disabilities, year-round residential wilderness camps for boys and girls, transitional family care homes for single mothers and their children, family foster care, international orphan care, a five-star weekday education program and a resource-based network to support aging adults. BCH operates locations throughout 32 North Carolina communities plus its affiliated orphanage and medical clinic in Xela, Guatemala.

BCH's overarching goal is centered on its organizational vision of “Sharing hope…changing lives." Whether it is providing a safe home to a boy who has been abused and neglected, helping a family overcome their unique obstacles and reunifying the household, or ensuring a special needs adult reaches her highest possible level of independence, BCH's focus is to instill hope into the lives of those being served and equip them for a promising, successful future. This will be accomplished through effective leadership by a creative and highly-trained staff whose lives are characterized by love and concern.

BCH's sustainability has been achieved through flexibility of services provided (adapting programs based on the changing needs of society), long-term strategic planning (BCH will begin its new planning process in late 2021), and a dedicated network of donors who share BCH's vision and passion for serving others. BCH is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services. The organization was reaccredited in 2019 receiving a perfect score on 99.99% of the 1,084 standards that were evaluated.

Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina utilizes a continuum of care in order to aid children, families, developmentally disabled adults and aging adults in achieving their highest possible goals. Because of its diverse array of programs and services, BCH is able to match clients to a service and location that will best help them meet their specific need(s).

Continual training and development equip staff to provide the best possible practices in caring for clients. BCH is certified by Cornell University to train its direct service staff to use the Child and Residential Experiences Model (CARE) and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) in daily interactions with children and families. CARE is BCH's chosen model for interacting and aiding children and families. It is designed with the child's best interests in mind to support safe environments, strong programmatic elements and a wide-variety of treatment programs and interventions that are trauma-sensitive and developmentally appropriate. TCI is a crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to handle crisis.

BCH places top priority on a Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) plan which propels it to become a world class model of excellence in child and family care. PQI is a method of regular monitoring, evaluation, planning, remediation, and improvement that ensures the institution accomplishes its commitment to excellence. Every four years, BCH undergoes an accreditation process administered by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services, Inc. (COA), an international, independent, not-for-profit accrediting body. BCH received its first accreditation in 1987 and has been accredited ever since.

BCH employs a strategic planning process which incorporates quality improvement goals and objectives and defines plans and activities to complete these goals and objectives. The strategic planning process is conducted on a four to five-year basis. It is led by the nonprofit's Board of Trustees, President, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and the Management Team. The strategic plan's goals and objectives drive the development of short-term and long-term plans across the organization. The most recent strategic plan ran from 2018-2021.

Expansion from a single location to facilities throughout NC creates opportunity for BCH to meet the needs of children and families in all 100 counties. This strategic growth has allowed the organization to serve more clients regardless of location. The key to both the nonprofit's longevity and growth is a strong core leadership that embraces a philosophy of organizational agility and flexibility. BCH continually evaluates its programs to ensure its services are relevant to the current needs of clients. BCH employs a Statewide Director of Family Interventions and Training who provides continual education to staff so they are equipped to provide the highest possible care to clients based on the current climate, culture, and changing needs.

An example of organizational flexibility occurred in 1994 when leadership shifted BCH's focus from being primarily child centered to inclusive of the entire family. The decision played a major role in expanding BCH's scope of services and diversifying the types of programs it offers including services to developmentally disabled adults, single mothers, and aging adults.

The ability to meet the diverse needs of children and families is fueled by strong partnerships. As a denominational organization, BCH is also supported by Baptist churches throughout the state. Church volunteer groups lead in a number of projects at BCH's statewide facilities from annually collecting around $300,000 in non-perishable food and supplies to building picnic shelters and refurbishing buildings.

BCH also receives funding from individual donors, foundations and businesses. This donor base allows BCH to serve clients regardless of their ability to pay. BCH also has strong relationships with statewide departments of social services that place children in the nonprofit's care. Other partnerships include NC's Office of State Fire Marshal, Lowe's, Meals on Wheels of NC, FaithHealthNC, NC Association on Aging, and divisions of NC Health and Human Services including the Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Staff retention, talent management and succession planning are all focal points for employing and maintaining an exceptional staff comprised of nearly 350 employees. These focuses are accomplished through BCH's strategic planning as well as two initiatives known as “Project R.E.A.L." and “BCH University." Project R.E.A.L. (Recruit, Evaluate, Assimilate, and Lead) is an internal initiative bringing together key employees to evaluate hiring methods, identify talent, and implement employee engagement practices. BCH's average employee tenure is eight years. BCH University is an internal program for identifying up-and-coming staff members and educating them in all facets of the organization's operations. Both initiatives strengthen retention.

Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina served 195,000 people in 2020 through its array of programs that reach into all 100 North Carolina counties. BCH has been intentional in broadening its Continuum of Care to serve individuals of all ages and to create programs to meet the most current societal needs. The nonprofit now provides:

- Residential services to adults with developmental disabilities
- A network-based service to aid senior adults
- Residential programs to equip single mothers for transitioning into a successful living environment while still parenting their children
- International orphan care in Quezaltenango, Guatemala
- College outreach program to support students who have aged out of the foster and residential care systems
- An outreach program to provide physical and educational resources to community members in crisis
-Foster Care to NC children in need
-Adoption through Christian Adoption Services (both domestic, international and foster-to-adopt).
-Care for expectant mothers who have chosen adoption for their child but need emotional healing
Creating long-term sustainability is an ongoing process for BCH's expansive physical infrastructure that stretches throughout North Carolina and into Guatemala.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, Inc.

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Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gayla Freeman

Carl Anderson

John Cashwell

Lenuel Chamberlain

Jim Dyer

Gayla Freeman

Ken Haigler

Marcia Heckman

Ronnie Holman

Gail King

Kenneth Lance

Justin Lee

Joann Lutz

Karl Milliren

David Powell

Steve Shreve

David Smith

Bobby Tucker

Pam Annas

Bill Boddie

Denise Critcher

Dana Dixon

Kent Fann

Matt Glover

Matt Hollifield

Roy Howell

Mike Leslie

Matt Martin

Rhonda Martin

Sandy Saunders

Steve Strickland

Ryan Thomsen

Rit Varriale

Chris Watkins

Vickie Burge

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/26/2023

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Gender identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/01/2020

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.