MEET THE TEAM

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RICK EZELL
Managing Partner
864-770-3560rick@employeecareofamerica.com 

Rick pastored churches in Indiana, Illinois, and South Carolina before launching ECA. He is a graduate of Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rick has authored six books, contributed to other books and Study Bibles, written over 1200 articles. He and his wife, Cindy, have one grown daughter.

 
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DAVID BLANTON
Director of Chaplain Care
864-909-7221blanton.dm@gmail.com

David served as a campus minister, missionary to Ecuador, pastor, and Director of Missions. David is bilingual in English and Spanish. David is from Fort Worth, Texas, graduating from The University of Texas at Arlington and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David is a U.S. Department of Justice accredited representative offering legal services to immigrants. He is married to Norma, a retired ESOL (English Spoken as Other Language) teacher. They have two grown children. David enjoys being "Opa” to six grandchildren.

 
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JUAN RIVERA

Director of Client Services

540-809-1564 • revjuanrivera17@gmail.com

Juan served in pastoral ministry for over 37 years in Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio before joining Employee Care of America. Juan is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration and a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Religious Education. Juan is bilingual (Spanish and English). His strengths are pastoral care, leadership development, spiritual formation, and project management. Juan is married to Rosa, and they have two grown children and three grandchildren.

 
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RICK WOLFE
Director of Chaplain Recruitment & Training
804-519-6141  Rpwolfe5477@gmail.com

Rick served as pastor of churches in Illinois and Florida before moving to Southeast Asia to serve as a church planter. He brings over 30 years of cross-cultural experience from serving as an international missionary and missions personnel consultant. Rick is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and Southwestern Seminary. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast, enjoying hiking and fishing in his spare time. Rick is married to Beth, and they have two grown children.

 
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JIMMY HAWKINS

Director of Development
864-430-0839noflyzone365@gmail.com 

Before joining ECA, Jimmy Hawkins served the local church as an evangelist, discipleship director, worship leader, and pastor. Jimmy is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Business Administration. His wife Teresa is a Finance Director with Chick-fil-A restaurants. Teresa and Jimmy have four children and eleven grandchildren.