Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Josh Eaves grew up in a missionary family. Both of his parents worked with international students. His family spent time in the Philippines and Uganda. As the son of missionaries, Josh was taught at an early age that it was part of his responsibility to share the blessings he received with those around him. Josh currently works in healthcare, working for various startup companies.
In his spare time, Josh works with a number of organizations and ministries. He serves on the Board of The Phoenix Club, a not for profit that raises money for The Boys and Girls Club, he also works regularly with Interface Ministries, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In June of 2009, Josh organized a soccer team of Burundi refugees to play in World Cup Nashville, a new soccer tournament aimed at uniting different members of the international and refugee communities in Nashville with the Nashville Church community. Josh first went to Honduras in high school, when he and some friends raised money to rebuild houses after Hurricane Mitch. From that time he has had a draw to the people and orphans of that country because of the love they showed him.
Josh is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He is married to Sarah Fuqua Eaves and has a son, Parker.
Robert Goolsby is a resident of Crosby, Texas and is currently Vice President of Facility Operations for Kirby Inland Marine, LP. He also serves on the Board of Houston Regional Monitoring, The Barnabas Group Houston and Providence World Ministries as well as serving on the Personnel Committee for Community Baptist Church.
Robert is affiliated with many industry associations like the American Waterways Operators, The Texas Waterways Operators and the Propeller Club. Robert has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Meritorious Service Award from the United States Coast Guard which is the highest Award given to a civilian. He is a graduate of The “Master’s Program” and was a founding member of The Barnabas Group Houston. He is married with 2 living children who are both married and have 4 children each. Robert has been married to Diann since 1975 and they are members of Community Baptist Church in Crosby, Texas.
Char and her husband Chuck have two children—Camryn and Caleb. They live in Folsom CA where her husband is Pastor of River Rock Church which they helped to start in 1998. Char is a graduate of Calvin College and received a Masters in Reading Education from Chapman University. She teaches first graders in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, and leads the Children’s Ministry team at her church.
“God wrote Providence on my heart in 2010 when I heard the children at Academia La Providencia sing “I am not forgotten, I am not forgotten, I am not forgotten, God knows my name. He knows my name.” Providence is the people and place where my greatest passion to see children thrive as image-bearers of Jesus Christ, my 20 years of experience as an educator in high -poverty, multi-lingual public school settings, and God’s heart to champion the cause of the fatherless– all come together. I long to learn and grow along with PWM as she seeks to implement best practices in orphan and widow care, especially in the realm of education.”
Phil Darke, his wife Becca, and their five children, live in Folsom, CA. Phil received his Juris Doctor Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his B.A. Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from U.C. Davis. Before coming on-board with Providence as Research & Development Director in October 2008, Phil worked as an attorney with different firms in Sacramento, CA, and Atlanta, GA, and as a clerk for a federal judge in Honolulu, HI. Phil currently serves as an Elder at River Rock Church, Board Chair of Summit Christian School, and a Board Member with All Things Possible Ministries.
Steve and his wife Becky live in Fort Worth, Texas. Steve is a 1989 graduate of Concordia University in Chicago. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, Indiana. Steve serves as Pastor of The Edge Communities, a missional community network of Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Colleyville, TX. The Sandforts have two teenage boys living at home and one daughter who is a student at TCU. Steve has been active with Providence World Ministries since 2004.
“When I first visited La Providencia, the only thing visible was the foundation for the medical center, just a grid-like collection of concrete and block situated on the side of a mountain. By the faithful witness and work of His servants, God was transforming a mountainside into a medical center. Providence World Ministry’s staff and volunteers have continued to live out their faith on that mountainside and throughout Honduras. I believe when the Church is engaged like this in the community – believers living a transformed life – by God’s grace the Spirit brings about transformation in hearts and lives. This transformation is why I consider it a privilege to serve on the Providence World Ministries Board of Directors.”
Dave and his wife Tricia, and their eight children (Danielle, Benjamin, Belle, Jared, Samuel, Trent, Theresa and Hana), live in Sykesville, MD. Dave received a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from Cedarville University. Dave has worked as an auditor for several years and is now a Financial Analyst for a consulting company. Dave and Tricia started the Open Hearts orphans ministry at their local church, Winfield Bible Chapel.
“Seven years ago, my wife and I were called by God to adopt Theresa, our sixth child, from Kazakhstan. It wasn’t until I saw the orphanages in Kazakhstan and began to learn about how serious the orphan problem is in this world that Trish and I both realized that we needed to do more for the fatherless. It is clear in scripture that this call is made to the church, believers in Christ. I feel honored to be called to serve as a board member for La Providencia. This ministry is the perfect blend of deep spiritual conviction and wise counsel. Their loving and effective way of reaching not only the fatherless, but the community in and around Siguatepeque, Honduras is inspiring. God has since chosen to bless us with two more children from Ethiopia as well. Orphan ministry and adoption have been our passion for several years now, and we thank God that he woke us up to this calling.”