Rhonda Lowry, President
Just as Nashville is growing and changing OA has plans to grow under the new leadership of President, Rhonda Lowry. Rhonda will continue to teach Spiritual Formation at Lipscomb as she shares vision, spiritual groundedness, and collaborative leadership with the Operation Andrew Board and Administrative Team. For the last three years as an OA trustee, Lowry has led development efforts, chaired the annual Joe and Honey Rodgers Civic Leadership Award Dinner, and has been supportive in launching the group’s United4Hope initiative with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Currently, Lowry is a senior fellow at Lipscomb University’s Institute for Christian Spirituality, as well as assistant professor of spiritual formation.
“Rhonda is bringing a fresh perspective on our vision for Nashville,” said Mike Arrington, OA Past President. “As we seek to unite, to serve and to influence the culture for Christ, Rhonda undoubtedly will lead us in a shift to be more relevant to the area’s new generation of people and needs.”
A native of Missouri, Lowry holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University. She began her 30-year career in education as a sixth grade teacher in St. Paul, Minn. She also served as Director of Development for the law school at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and has been on faculty at Fuller and Pepperdine. Rhonda’s husband, Randy Lowry, is the President of Lipscomb University.
“Nashville is a place where unity has created new approaches to problem solving within churches, businesses and our civic culture, said Henry Coles, OA Board Chair. “Not only has Rhonda been part of this transformation, she will leverage her community and education experience to spearhead exciting community impact in the years ahead.”
Read a recent blog post from Rhonda.
Stan Weber, Director of United4Hope
“I enjoy building out the capacities of children and youth,
AND bringing along the local church community to make this happen”, says Stan Weber. After 30 years of leadership as the Executive Director of Salama Urban Ministries, Stan finds himself at this new place of team building.
Stan, a native of North Dakota, has been involved in urban ministry for 35 years; 5 years in Vicksburg, MS and most recently, 30 years as the founder and director of Salama Urban Ministries in Nashville. Salama is a faith based organization that seeks to assist families by equipping their children and youth with skills and values needed for productive adulthood. The Salama Institute is a conduit, a unique extended learning program that affords each student 650 hours of instruction per year in academics, performing arts and spiritual development. This investment is yielding a 100% High School Graduation rate, and 90% are continuing on to college.
Stan is married to Alice Weber, a Metro school teacher. Together, they have 4 adult children and 2 brand new daughters in laws.
Stan is strategically equipped to lead United for Hope. His years of advocating for the marginalized and his strong networking skills across the city provide the foundational skill sets needed to advance the mission and vision of United4Hope.
ANGIE LINDSEY WINGO, Executive Administrator
Angie was born and raised in the Goodlettsville/Hendersonville area of Middle Tennessee. She attended Goodlettsville High School and Volunteer State Community College. Angie married her husband, Luke Wingo, while still in college in 1983. They now have three grown children: Brooke and her husband Robert, Trey and his wife Nichole and Matt. Angie, and Luke have one four grand chlldren.
Luke and Angie met at Long Hollow Baptist Church in 1980 when they were both in the youth group and still attend Long Hollow Baptist today-37 years later. In 2009 Angie was working for The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was told about the OA position and felt led to apply. She has been blessed with the opportunity of working for Operation Andrew the last nine years. Angie loves her job and is so thankful for the wonderful people she has gotten to know while at OA.
Mike Arrington, Past President
Mike (T. Michael) Arrington is the Past President of OAG, serving as a trustee of OAG for nine years prior before assuming his role as president in February, 2009. Mike previously had a 16 year career with LifeWay Christian Resources and following retirement served two years as a consultant to LifeWay’s A Defining Moment major-donor campaign while also serving as The Operation Andrew Group’s board of directors.
As Lifeway’s Vice President of the Corporate Affairs Division, he oversaw the corporate communications the programs and services of LifeWay’s national conference centers at Ridgecrest, NC. and Glorieta, NM.; and the corporate capital resource development activities. Mike also provided support to LifeWay’s president by representing LifeWay to various audiences, including Southern Baptist Convention agencies, seminaries and state convention offices. As a community servant Mike was Chairman of the Board for the Nashville/Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the Nashville Rotary Club, Chairing the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Citizens Committee. Prior to his tenure with LifeWay, Mike was an executive with Texas Utilities Electric Company (TXU) for 23 years, where he also was active in the Dallas/Fort Worth community and served on several boards.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, and completed additional study through the American Management Association, The University of Houston executive development program and the Levinson Institute in Boston.
DR. CHARLES McGOWAN, President Emeritus
Dr. McGowan, a founding member of the Operation Andrew Board of Trustees, assumed the Presidency after he “retired” as Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church where he served for over 15 years. He served as an officer in U.S. Army intelligence following graduation from Davidson College. Before entering Columbia Theological Seminary, he served for several years with the Office of Naval Intelligence. Now, after over forty years as pastor of a local church, he enjoys focusing on his passion of seeing walls that separate Christians broken down so that the fulfillment of prayer of Jesus (John 17:21) might be evident for all to see.
Charles remains active in the Presbyterian Church in America, ministers broadly to the Body of Christ in Nashville, and across the nation. He and his wife Alice have been married for 50 years and delight in God’s gift of four children and sixteen grandchildren.