J.D. Young, CEO
J.D. Young became Executive Director of Faith Mission in 2003 and currently serves as the mission’s CEO and Visionary Leader. He attended Abilene Christian University, where he met his wife, Xanna. After settling in Colorado for a period of time, he and his wife moved to Grand Prairie, Texas where J.D. became the Assistant Executive Director of the DHUD Urban Renewal Program. In 1967, he became Executive Director of the Brenham Urban Renewal Agency, and developed projects connected with the growth of Blinn College, neighborhood redevelopment and downtown renewal. In the following years, he started several businesses related to mechanical contracting and home construction. These business ventures eventually led him to Houston, where he remained for over twenty-five years working in building automation, electrical equipment sales for oil refineries, and manufacturing plants. This work allowed him to travel the United States and internationally. He and his wife are members of the Brenham Church of Christ, where he has served in a leadership role for over 25 years.
Randy Wells, Executive Director
Randy Wells serves as the Executive Director of Faith Mission, serving the 15 member board. Randy holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans. Although he wears many hats at Faith Mission, his primary responsibilities include: overseeing all programs and clinical services, as well as supervision of program staff and university/college interns. He serves as the Administrator of the Washington County Health & Service Center, provides leadership for Brenham ISD’s SMART-CARE Kids program; is a member of the Blinn College Board of Trustees and serves on several local boards. Randy and his wife Nelda have been blessed with two beautiful children Randi and Thomas, and are active members in their church, Mt. Rose MBC Brenham
Pam Mossbarger, Director of Client Services
Pam Mossbarger is the Director of Client Services at Faith Mission. Pam serves as the point-person for Salvation Army Bell Ringing and assists with case management, food pantry, donations, volunteers, events and human resources. Pam is the one to contact if you have resources or employment opportunities which may be of use to clients of Faith Mission. She holds both bachelors and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and is an active member of 1st Baptist Church Brenham. Pam and her husband, Steve, have four children and nine grandchildren. In her free time, Pam enjoys activities with her family.
Lawrence Greer, Operations Director
Lawrence Greer brings over 20 years of private entrepreneurial experience to Faith Mission, serving as Operations Director for the multi-campus facility. Lawrence is responsible for the daily operations of The Cannery Kitchen, both in-house dining and catering services. He also oversees the food pantry for Faith Mission, ensuring it remains in compliance with all state and federal regulations, and facilitates employee training and life skills management programs for Faith Mission. Lawrence and his wife, Lisa, have 5 children, 2 grandchildren, and are active in their local church and community. Lawrence enjoys playing the upright bass while performing with his family band.
Susan Lemel, Director of Thrift Operations
Susan Lemel is the General Manager of Higgins resale shops. Her love of merchandising and retail was developed at a young age, as she grew up helping her father as he managed a chain of retail clothing stores. “I love creating an enjoyable shopping experience,” says Susan. “Higgins is a resale shop, but I train my staff to look for quality, name brand merchandise that consumers will buy. We offer gently used items for a great value. Our work here truly is a mission. Our thrift operations are the life-blood of this organization, providing the funds to support our clients and staff.” When not working, Susan enjoys time with her family and grandchildren. She has a passion for decorating, creating, and cooking. Susan loves reading and studying the Bible, and teaches Bible study at Faith Mission each week.
Xanna Young, Front Desk Volunteer
Xanna Young is one of the first persons that potential clients will meet when they arrive at Faith Mission’s Help center located at 500 E. Academy St. in Brenham. Mrs. Xanna helps clients fill out the initial paperwork required before a client is assigned to a case manager. Xanna, who is a full-time volunteer, serves as the “air-traffic controller,” navigating clients through the proper channels with grace and hospitality. She also works the database for the grocery day, which serves anywhere from 40 to 110 families each Thursday. Xanna and her husband JD have 2 children, and enjoy visiting their 6 grandchildren. When she is not working at the mission, Xanna can be found at church, at one of the elementary schools reading to children through the “CARS” program, or resting before another week at Faith Mission.
Shirley McCord, Bookkeeper
Dalia Vela, Director of Medical Assistance Program
Mrs. Vela is the Director of the Faith Mission Medical Assistance Program (MAP), the assistant administrator for the Faith Mission/Washington County Health and Service Center, as well as executive administrative assistant to the executive director of Faith Mission. She brings over a thirty-three (33) years of experience working with indigent individuals with medical and prescriptions needs. Her passion for working with individuals who could not afford medications developed after experiencing the loss of both her mother and father as a result of cardiovascular disease. Dalia and her husband John will be married thirty-six (36) years next in May 4, 2023, and are proud parents of an adult son Mike C. Vela
Lea Hearnsberger, Clinical Director of WIC Program
Lea Hearnsberger serves as the Clinical Director of the Faith Mission WIC Program. She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin with a degree in food and nutrition. In 1994 she completed an internship program and became a Registered Dietitian (RD). She began working for the Northeast Texas Public Health District in 1999 as a nutritionist. In 2000 she was promoted to clinch manager and RD. In 2012 moved to Bryan Texas to work for the Bryan WIC program as a RD. In early 2016 she began working as a Clinical Director and RD for Faith Mission WIC program where she currently serves. Her hobbies include baking, cross stitching and spending time with her 2 grandchildren. Lea loves to help others as Christ did