James F. O'Bryon, Chairman
Mr. O'Bryon is a consultant on national defense and security for clients in the private sector and the U.S. government. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience and has served under seven Secretaries of Defense. Born in Schenectady, NY, Mr. O'Bryon graduated from Emmaus Bible College, received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from The King's College and graduate degrees from George Washington University and MIT. Mr. O'Bryon has an active concert ministry with 4 albums as well as an active speaking schedule throughout the nation. He is also a former radio newscaster as well as an author of' "I Fail To Miss Your Point," published recently. Currently he is President of The O'Bryon Group. He resides in Bel Air, MD with his wife Adina and they have four married children.
Kenneth A. Breivik, Executive Director
Mr. Breivik is a businessman and current Executive Director for School Ministries. He has extensive knowledge in public relations and specializes in professional communications services to ministries and non-profits. He currently is the President of Nehemiah Communications. He is a former Southeast Regional Director of Charles Colson's Prison Fellowship Ministries. Previously he served as the Director of Carolinas for Justice Fellowship after serving three years as a nationally awarded State Director. Mr. Breivik has extensive experience working with government appointed task forces to promote basic pro-Christian values. He resides in Columbia, SC with his wife Penni and has two sons, Luke and Matthew.
David M. Beasley, Board of Directors
Governor Beasley served as Governor of South Carolina from 1995-1999. Earlier he served as member of the SC House from 1979-1993. During his term as Governor, he led delegations on economic development and trade missions throughout Asia, Europe and Africa. Following his term as Governor, he served as a fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In 2003 Governor Beasley received the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his stand on removing the Confederate Flag from atop the SC capitol. In 2005 he partnered with his former Chief Legal Counsel, Henry L. Deneen, to incorporate the Center for Global Strategies, Ltd. The Center focuses on developmental initiatives in the non-integrated world. Currently, he serves as its Chairman of the Board. He resides in Society Hill, SC, with his wife Mary. They have four children.
Erie Brown, Board of Directors
Erie Brown was introduced to School Ministries in 1998 and served as part of the original steering committee to establish Clarendon County, South Carolina’s first released-time Bible program in 1999. Locally known as CCLC, the Clarendon Christian Learning Center grew substantially over the following years under her tenure as Chairman of the CCLC Board. In 2007, Brown stepped down from this Board to accept the position of administrator for the organization and in 2015 her title was redefined as Executive Director. She currently serves as an officer in her local church women’s group and has served in various leadership positions of women’s ministry both there and at the regional level of her denomination. Brown’s work background includes twenty years in banking and twelve years in church administration. A lifetime native of rural South Carolina, she is married to Len. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Avery Hilton, Board of Directors
Mr. Hilton recently retired after working 43 years in the steel industry. His most recent position was Executive Vice President of Steel Mills for Commercial Metals Company. Avery is an engineering graduate from North Carolina State University. He served as President of the Electric Metal Makers Guild and as a trustee of the Association of Iron and Steel Technology Foundation. Mr. Hilton also served on the board of directors of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Midlands Christian Learning Center. He is an elder on the session of Northeast Presbyterian Church and is an associate member of Fairfield Mountains Chapel in Lake Lure, NC. He and his wife Lorraine reside in Columbia, SC. They have two sons and a daughter as well as three grandchildren.
Dr. James Swezey, Board of Directors
Dr. Swezey is on the faculty at Liberty University in Virginia where among his duties he teaches courses on the history and philosophy of education, education leadership, and qualitative research. He received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from George Fox University. Over the past 20 years he also served as a pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a high school Bible and history teacher, and a Christian school administrator. He has served on several accreditation teams, conducting program evaluations, for the Association of Christian Schools International. He is a regular presenter at leading education research conferences and regularly publishes articles related to K-12 and higher education in peer-reviewed journals.
Hunter Howard, Board of Directors
After managing his own CPA firm, Mr. Howard served as a member in the SC House from 1974 to 1982, was appointed Chairman of the SC Tax Commission by two governors, and served as President and CEO of the SC Chamber of Commerce. He joined Scott and Company CPAs in 2008 and is their Upstate Managing Partner. Mr. Howard has received numerous awards including the Order of the Palmetto and the Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry Award from the SC Association of CPAs. He served as chair of the national Council of State Chambers and currently serves on a number of boards and councils including the Greenville Hospital System, Greenville Area Development Corporation, Chair of Greenville Tec Foundation, and Treasurer of SC Higher Education Foundation. He resides in Simpsonville, SC, with his wife Martha. They have four married children and seven grandchildren.
Robert Sullivan, Board of Directors
Robert C. Sullivan recently joined Believers Stewardship Services (BSS) as President and Chief Executive Officer. BSS is a non-profit organization that helps Christians accomplish their financial and estate planning goals in fulfilling biblical stewardship. Previously, Rob was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he had worked as an Information Security Officer and then as an Information Risk Officer. In 2003, Rob founded Christian Evidences Ministries. This is an apologetics based ministry whose purpose is to equip Christians so that they are "ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is within" (I Peter 3: 15). He is also involved in various charitable organizations and serves on the boards of a number of ministries. He is the Board President of Associates for Biblical Research - a professional archaeological society. He is Vice Chairman of Emmaus Bible College located in Dubuque, Iowa. Finally, Rob is a member of the Board of Directors for School Ministries, Inc.
Dr. Milt Uecker, Board of Directors
Dr. Milt Uecker currently serves as the director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education at Columbia International University. He has worked within elementary schools and teacher education for over forty years. Prior to joining the faculty of CIU in 1995, Dr. Uecker served for four years as associate professor at Regent University in Virginia Beach where he directed the early childhood program. His professional experience includes teaching within an International School in Seoul, Korea and administrating early childhood programs in both Texas and Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education (1969) from Concordia University, Chicago, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas (1975) and a Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in early childhood from the University of Virginia (1989). His minor areas at the University of Virginia included Social Foundations of Education and Evaluation. Dr. Uecker and his wife Linda live in Fort Mill, SC and have three adult sons and eight grandchildren.
Miles Coleman, Board of Directors
Mr. Coleman is an attorney practicing primarily in the areas of appellate advocacy and First Amendment law. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, death row inmates, several monasteries and seminaries, New York Times bestselling authors, and governmental entities. He is one of the inaugural members of the SC Bar’s Wellness Commission, and he serves as the chairman of the South Carolina chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. Mr. Coleman is a Blackstone Legal Fellow, a Washington Fellow of the National Review Institute, and a graduate of the Leadership South Carolina class of 2015. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, two sons, two Great Danes, and a Siamese cat.