Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say anymore to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in Thee the fatherless findeth mercy. – Hosea 14:3
If I...have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb)...if I have lifted my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and my arm to be broken from the bone. For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of His highness I could not endure. – Job 31:16-23
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. – James 1:27
Rachel Miller - President/Executive Director
Miss Miller spent 10 years serving in various capacities at an orphanage in Moscow, Russia, where she worked directly with orphans and guardians, assisted and trained caregivers and teachers, and was part of their material development team, preparing materials for family and church leaders’ seminars, which were held in five countries in the region. After returning to the States, she attended Mountain States Baptist College where she earned a degree in Biblical Studies with special emphasis on languages and the relationship of the church to the fatherless. Since that time, she has worked with missionaries and their orphan ministries in various countries. She has overseen the day-to-day operations and development of Forbid Them Not since its inception. She is a happy auntie to ten nieces and nephews and the author of The King's Daughter: A Story of Redemption as well as two devotional journals. (Photo courtesy of her 10 year-old niece.)
Pastor Ken Spilger -Vice President
Pastor Spilger graduated from Tennessee Temple University and Temple Baptist Seminary and completed further education under Pioneer Institute of Biblical Ministries. He has been the Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO since 1977. In 1980, Pastor Spilger was the sole survivor of small plane crash, sustaining 3rd degree burns over 30% of his body. God has used this to strengthen his ministry in many ways. He and his wife Beth have co-authored the book Plucked from the Burning to share their testimony of God's working in their lives in the days following the crash. Through their ministry in St. Louis, God has laid a great burden for the fatherless upon their hearts.
Miss Yvonne Brown - Program Advisor
Miss Yvonne Brown was born in St. Louis, MO. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Cincinnati from 1966-1969 majoring in chemistry and minoring in education, but did not complete a degree. In her junior year, Miss Brown became interested in the field of medicine and went on to work in a medical research laboratory. She became a licensed medical technologist, working in hospital laboratories until 1990. Having a desire to be in full-time Christian service, she went on to work in two children’s homes. In 1992, she began ministering with Rock of Ages Prison Ministry. Miss Brown is now the Director of their Women’s Department and ministers to women in prisons all over the western United States.
Miss Brown's vast experience in women’s ministries brings a great deal of love and wisdom into our program development, especially as we work with single mothers.
Mrs. Marta Trout - Secretary/Treasurer
Marta Trout recently returned from the mission field of the Republic of Ireland, where she was blessed to serve with her husband for a brief fifteen months before he was suddenly called Home to be with the Lord. Prior to that, she and her husband served on the staff of First Baptist Church and Yellowstone Valley Christian School, Laurel, Montana, for more than twenty-five years. Before that, they worked with a ministry in North Chicago called (at that time) GIs for Christ. Her experience is primarily clerical—secretarial and bookkeeping—but God has also given her a love for teaching and allowed her to do that with kindergarten classes and beginner Sunday School classes, as well as various groups during deputation.
She loves being O’Mama to a growing number of grandchildren—biological, adopted, and foster.