Our Team

The Renewed Life Ministries Team

Renewed Life Ministries depends on both staff and volunteers alike. We would not be able to help the men, families, and communities that we have been privileged to serve without our team. These people serve week in and week out to make a difference that will not be forgotten.

Board of Directors

  • Jerry Avilla
  • Eric Dill
  • Derek Faulkner
  • Theron Hatch
  • Paul Smith
  • Tera Surbeck
  • Todd Surbeck

DANIELLE ADAMS

OPERATIONS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT

Danielle Adams has been a jack of all trades for RLMO.  With her skills in administration and in photography, she posts marketing for RLMO on social media, organizes our amazing volunteers and occasionally takes a staff photo or two.  In her spare time, she leads a home church community and stays up late stargazing with her husband Jason and her son in Murfreesboro, TN.

VALERIE FAULKNER

OFFICE MANAGER

Valerie Faulkner, with over 30 years of office administration experience, is the volunteer office manager/bookkeeper for Renewed Life Ministries. She also enjoys listening to and encouraging the students, and has a heart to educate the families and loved ones of students in areas such as enabling and codependency. Valerie is the wife of our late executive director, Derek. 

KATIE HALL

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Katie Hall brings experience in marketing and publicity, creative writing, book publishing, and nonprofit fundraising. She is delighted to share RLMO’s story and seek support from the community. Katie and her husband Wes live with their family in Murfreesboro, TN, and enjoy volunteering together for various causes.

LEONARD HANCOCK

HOUSE MANAGER

Leonard has been helping men with addiction for over 15 years. He is originally from Albany, GA, and moved to Tennessee to serve as re-entry coach at Teen Challenge of the Mid-South. Leonard has been a vital part of RLMO since 2013. He makes his home on the grounds of Renewed Life and walks with the men, day-by-day, as they experience their new-found freedom.

ELLA

CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER & BOOSTER OF MORALE

Ella knows a thing or two about second chances. Once abandoned at a construction site, a rescuer asked RLMO about giving her a new home. She now happily spends her days in front of our facility, greeting each visitor and resident at the door.

Our Leadership Legacy:

DEREK FAULKNER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 2010 – 2019

Derek Faulkner graduated from the RLMO program in 2003. In 2010, he was named executive director. Derek was instrumental in helping RLMO to reach many new milestones, including a move to Rutherford County. Derek passed away February 2019, after a brief battle with cancer.

BASIL ADAMS

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, 1995 – 2010

Basil Adams and wife Naomi cast a vision for a different kind of residential program when they founded RLMO in 1995. We are forever grateful for their obedience to the call and investment of their time and resources.