The Old Town Mission is comprised of many individuals working together for the community. Here are your board members and staff.
Kellie Wilson is a native of the Verde Valley and is the Executive Director of the Old Town Mission.
After graduating from Mingus Union High school, she attended the School of Ministry and obtained a Certified Minister’s License through the Assemblies of God. Kellie worked as a short time missionary in Peru, Mexico, Navajo Reservation and Trinidad & Tobago. One of her passions included working as a children’s pastor in Winslow, AZ and in Ohio.
Following this, she returned to her roots and her home in the Verde Valley. She is wholeheartedly dedicated to raising her three wonderful children ages 15, 12, and 6. Kellie began working at the Old Town Mission over 5 years ago and her positions have encompassed several jobs, including Volunteer Coordinator, Manager of Compassion Services, Thrift Store Manager, and General Manager before becoming the Executive Director of the Old Town Mission.
Kellie’s strong business background, compassionate heart, and energy adds an important element in upholding the desire of the mission to partner with the community and be all about… “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.
Born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Debbie moved to Tucson Arizona in 1991, and relocated to Cottonwood, Arizona in 2008. She achieved a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona, supported by a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Since moving to Cottonwood, Debbie has been employed with D & O Crane, and is currently a partner. In addition, she is part owner in AZ Strongbox. Debbie is the mother of two grown boys, Matthew who lives in Phoenix, and Adam who resides in Denver, Co.Dedicated to providing a better quality of life for the community in which she is most involved in, Debbie has spent many years being an active member of The Boys and Girls Club, Verde Valley Seniors, Primera Men’s Shelter, Gospel Rescue Mission and in 2016 she joined the Old Town Mission board. For fun, she bowls, runs, goes mudding with her ATV, travels whenever time allows, and gardens to find peace of mind.
Jill Marie Sweet
Jill is the General Manager and she has been part of the Old Town Mission team since June 1, 2015, just a month following her move to the Verde Valley.
Originally from the Chicago area, she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1985 at the age of twenty and worked for many years in the travel and tourism industry in various capacities. She also managed incentive programs, meetings and trade shows for domestic and international clients in different fields during her career.
Jill has been involved in community outreach as a volunteer with different organizations thru the years including: The Rescue Project, World Vision, Christian Family Care Agency and the homeless family shelters on Maui and in Phoenix. Also near and dear to her heart was the time she spent in children’s ministry recounting how precious is their childlike faith!
Like others, Jill has experienced the scope of different seasons in her life ranging from some incredible and amazing times to those very painful and challenging points in her journey.
One thing she genuinely believes is that we are all “a work in progress’ and God will use everything as we allow Him full access to our hearts and lives trusting that with God ALL things are possible… there are no limits to what He can do in our lives.
She has a passion for encouraging and ministering to those who are struggling and seeing lives touched with the indescribable and perfect love of God. She feels very privileged to serve the communities of the Verde Valley.
Jill is married to Jeremy, her husband of five years and is incredibly blessed to be mom to her three adult children and the very proud 1st time grandma of little Jonah.
Thrift Store Manager
Roxann is the Mission Thrift Store Manager. She strives diligently to connect with customers, businesses and organizations that desire to partner with the mission.
Roxann is a native of California and a transplant to Cottonwood, and has lived her for almost seven years. Since moving to this beautiful rural area, her humble family consists of 18 chickens and 2 roosters…she has become the “Chicken Whisperer” of her neighborhood. Formerly a Real Estate Broker, she recently completed her bachelor’s degree at NAU in the field of psychology and came to the mission as part of an internship program. Unifying her passion for the economically challenged with her new degree, along with her collective work experience, is a natural fit for her key role as our Thrift Store Manager.
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Bill and his wife of 57 years, Shari, were both born and raised in Kansas and both graduated from the University of Kansas. Thanks to a Rotary fellowship, they spent their honeymoon year in Edinburgh, Scotland, traveling through Europe, then returned to Connecticut for graduate studies at Yale Divinity School.
After serving as an Army Chaplain in Oklahoma, Bill spent almost 40 years as a Presbyterian pastor both in Fairfield and Lancaster, California. Since retiring in Cottonwood in 2000, Bill has done interim preaching in Kingman, Sedona, and in Cottonwood. Besides serving on the board for Old Town Mission, Bill also shares a short devotion and prayer at lunch on Thursdays at the mission.
He also serves on the board of the Spirit of Martyrdom Ministries, which is directed by their youngest son David.
They have 3 adult children, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Bill and Shari worship at Verde Valley Christian Church.
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Deb retired from a career as a dental hygienist and moved to Arizona in 2015 from Warrensburg, New York. She has two sons, Darrin, who lives with his wife Kimberly in Southeast Florida, and Adam who resides in NW Washington. Deb also sponsors two very special children in Uganda, both of whom are in high school.
Her walk with Jesus began after attending a Joyce Meyer Conference. Since then, Deb has traveled to El Salvador and Honduras with Joyce Meyer’s Hand of Hope Medical and Dental Mission teams. She was a “baby” Christian at that time and basked in the love surrounding the teams she worked alongside and all the beautiful people they served. She recounts the more she gave of herself, the more blessed she felt.
When Deb moved here, she continued to serve God and the community by volunteering at Rising Hope Food Pantry and going on a couple more mission trips abroad. She traveled to Panama with her church, Parkside Community Church in Camp Verde, and also to Mexico with “Faithworks” on another medical mission trip.
Deb has always loved singing and harmonizing and now sings with the voice of an angel as part of the Verde Valley Voices and performs regularly with the group at different venues and events in our local communities her in the Verde Valley.
Deb’s first experience with the Old Town Mission was helping to prepare for the annual event OPERATION: Back to School. She wanted to be more regularly involved and now prepares and serves lunch at the mission on Fridays, which brings her so much joy!
Deb was asked to consider a seat on the Board of Directors and so she prayed and felt it was the next step that God wanted her to take. Her sweet spirit and beautiful heart for serving continue to bless the many lives she touches!
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Jim Kreunen was born and raised in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. He attended Hope College in Holland Michigan. After graduation Jim taught high school Chemistry and Physics. He then attended Officer Training School and served as an Officer in the USAF. The remainder of his professional career was in sales.
Jim and Stephanie, his wife of 50 years, moved to Cottonwood in 2006 to be closer to their daughter and family that reside in the Phoenix area. They also have a daughter that lives in Australia. They are grandparents to four beautiful girls. He was lovingly given the name “Bubba” by his grandkids and that name stuck with him to the point of his whole family calling him “Bubba” when they are all gathered together. Jim and Stephanie enjoy traveling and he looks forward to his weekly golf game.
Shortly after moving to Cottonwood Jim started volunteering at the Old Town Mission. He has been a regular on the Monday lunch crew for over ten years. The time he has spent serving those who are struggling in our community truly gave him a heart for the homeless and also for others who are experiencing difficult times. He volunteered at The Loft which was a part of Catholic Social Services until it closed in 2017.
Jim is active in the United Methodist Church and serves as the Chairperson of the Mission Committee. He serves alongside members from his church once a month for a Friday evening meal at Picnic in the Park which is a weekly local outreach. In 2015, several people from his church started “The Gathering”. Together they meet at the Old Town Mission every Sunday morning for fellowship, prayer, and teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who are not comfortable in an organized church setting.
By joining the Board of Directors for the Old Town Mission, Jim has expanded his commitment by being an integral part of our board in helping to secure adequate resources for our organization to fulfill our mission thereby impacting those right here in our community who are in need.