Leighton Ford Ministries

Board of Directors


Rev. Dr. Dave McKechnie, Senior Pastor (Retired), Grace Presbyterian Houston, Board Chair
The Rev. Dr. Dave McKechnie served for 25 years as Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, one of the largest congregations in the denomination.  Under his leadership, Houston Christian High School grew from a dream into a 50-acre educational institution serving 550 students, and the Houston campus of Fuller Theological Seminary was launched.  Dave has served as Interim Pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian in Los Angeles, First Presbyterian in Houston, Eastminster Presbyterian in Wichita, and Carmel Presbyterian in Charlotte.  He served as President of the Texas Theological Foundation and has a passion for educating and mentoring young pastors.



Dr. Leighton Ford, Founding President, Leighton Ford Ministries
Leighton Ford describes these ongoing days of his ministry as “a friend on the journey and an artist of the soul.”  After 30 years as Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and 16 years as Chairman of the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization, Leighton has focused since 1985 on identifying, encouraging, and mentoring the next generation of Christian leaders.  Through Leighton Ford Ministries, he has helped organize and sustain more than 30 ongoing mentoring communities supporting ministry leaders worldwide, facilitated many personal spiritual retreats for ministry leaders, and personally mentored or counseled a wide variety of pastors, ministry leaders, and lay leaders.


Kevin Ford, Chief Catalyst, Leighton Ford Ministries
Kevin Ford co-founded TAG Consulting, recognized by INC. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing companies.  An expert in visioning, strategy, organizational change, and leadership development, Kevin has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and was the senior consultant for the redesign of the U.S. Army Staff – the largest employer in the country.  However, his passion has always been for the church, leading him to publish Transforming Church (Tyndale, 2007) and consult with hundreds of pastors and churches across North America.  In 2019, he and his partners sold the assets of TAG Consulting to a large government contractor so he could pursue his ministry passion full-time through Leighton Ford Ministries.


Anne F. Grizzle, Chaplain, Boys Home of Virginia
Anne Grizzle is an author, spiritual director, family therapist, and retreat leader who serves as Chaplain of the Boys Home of Virginia.  She also hosts retreats at the Bellfry near Lexington, Virginia, which Anne imagined and created as a place of welcome, rest, renewal, and solace.  Anne is associate faculty for Shalem Institute for Spirituality, offering workshops on group spiritual direction and young adult leadership, serves on the board of Bittersweet Creative, and is co-chair of World Vision’s Every Last One campaign to end extreme poverty.  She has authored three books, contributed to two more, and been a featured speaker on national television, including Oprah and Donahue.

Dr. Anne M. Huffman, Trustee, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Anne M. Huffman is a practicing Psychoanalyst, Marriage and Family Therapist, Trustee of Fuller Theological Seminary, and active volunteer at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, where her husband served as pastor for more than thirty years.  Anne experienced deep pain over the death of their oldest daughter, which, coupled with the emotional and spiritual understandings of the grief process, has become a vital dimension of her volunteer speaking and professional work.  She has also served as editorial advisor for Partnership Magazine and as Chaplain at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital in Newport Beach.


Rick Noling, Retired CEO, Technology Sector
Rick Noling is a passionate Christian business leader who has remained active in church ministry while serving as a C-Level executive for several technology companies.  During his business career, he provided leadership that culminated in two successful IPO’s, three corporate mergers, and the revitalization of underperforming companies into market leaders.  In his ministry career, he has served as Minister of Administration for two churches and led the Forest Home Christian Conference Center.  Rick came to Christ at the 1963 Billy Graham Los Angeles Crusade and later graduated from Fuller Seminary.



Hal Northrop, CEO (Retired), Callaway Gardens
Hal Northrop served as President and CEO of the Callaway Gardens Resort from 1972 to 1992, where Leighton Ford Ministries hosted retreats.  Under his leadership, Callaway Gardens opened North America’s first butterfly house and the present Callaway Cottages and Conference Center was constructed.  As a Christian business leader, Hal has served as Chairman of the Board of SunTrust Bank, Chairman of the Georgia Business and Industry Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.  He has served on the Leighton Ford Ministries Board of Directors since 1998.

Dr. Roger Parrott, President, Belhaven University
Dr. Roger Parrott is President of Belhaven University, one of the fastest growing Christian universities in the United States with 5,000 students on nine campuses.  During his tenure, the number of full-time faculty has quintupled, undergraduate academic majors have dramatically expanded, and a general core Christian World View curriculum was created.  Dr. Parrott also serves on the Executive Committee of the Lausanne Movement and on the boards of Mission America, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Mark Slaughter, Director of Evangelistic Partnerships, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Mark Slaughter is an Evangelist and Director of Evangelistic Partnerships for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  His twin passions are to communicate the Gospel and to mentor younger evangelists.  Mark has served for over 30 years with InterVarsity, including his unique “Question Mark” open forums on college campuses.  He also spearheads various initiatives for mentoring a new generation of evangelistic leaders through Leighton Ford Ministries, Lausanne Movement, National Day of Prayer Task Force, Arrow Leadership, and the Luis Palau Association.  Prior to joining InterVarsity, Mark served as an Evangelical Free Church pastor in the Indianapolis area.