Our Founder and Executive Director, Nathan Payton has a heart for the underprivileged. He began Blessing Box Mission along with his wife Chelsea in 2017 and has guided the organization's growth in service. Mr. Payton is currently the Director of Children's Ministry at Calvary UMC and a student at Luther Rice College and Seminary pursuing his degree in Biblical Counseling.
Mrs. Payton is currently the Director of Youth Ministries at Harmony UMC. Her passion for people and children has lead her to follow her calling and is attending Colorado Christian University pursing a degree in Biblical Studies. She is a mother of four children and also serves as the Troop Coordinator for her daughters American Heritage Girls Troop.
Our Director of Diversity and Inclusion is John Roberts. John is a native West Virginian and has lived in the Martinsburg area since 2000. He currently lives in Martinsburg with his husband Brandon, and is a member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Leetown where he has served as a worship leader, vestry member, and senior warden. He is a graduate of Asbury University. When reflecting on his position at the Blessing Box Mission he is reminded of this verse, “I know your works. Behold I have set before you an open door which no one is able to shut…” Revelation 3:8 .
Our treasurer, Leigh Fleming, was thrilled to get involved with Blessing Box Mission the moment she learned of the organization. Similar in concept to the Free Little Library, where people can take a book and give a book, she knew a depository where folks could turn for life sustaining food, toiletries, and blankets during times of need would be a vital asset to our community.
Ms. Fleming is a published author of books whose characters always have a happy ending. She believes everyone deserves the same.
Rev. Lynn Wilson is currently the Pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church, where BBM began Rev. Lynn Wilson serves as our Director of Pastoral Care and Church Relations.
Lynn is a licensed local pastor in the Baltimore Washington Conference and completed her Course of Study requirements at Wesley Seminary. Lynn has been an active member of the Frederick District Lay Servant Committee for almost 20 years, and has served as the Baltimore Washington Conference local pastor representative to the National Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors Association. Prior to serving at Trinity, Lynn was the pastor at Flint Hill United Methodist Church for just over a year.
Lynn says that her goal is to serve God in the way and where God leads her. One of her favorite Bible verses is from 1 Timothy 6:6, “There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment.” Being content in the Lord is what makes her smile.