Our Board of Directors
Brother Richard H. Godigkeit, Founder and President
Richard hails from the rural Catskill Mountains in upstate New York where he grew-up on a 200 acre beef cattle farm. Brother Richard was baptized, confirmed and raised in the Lutheran Church of America (LCA). Later he came to Anglicanism in the Church of England (CoE) and was confirmed by The Rt. Rev. John A.M. Guernsey, Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). He is active in his local church including having served as a sidesman (churchwarden’s assistant). Richard has also been a postulant in the Franciscan Third Order with the Company of Jesus (CoJ) in the ACNA.
Richard has had a heart for serving the poor, hungry and homeless a calling that he received in 2014. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the SERVE Homeless Shelter in Manassas, Virginia under the Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS). He has volunteered extensively with the SERVE shelter most notably for years in their Food Pantry/Hunger Resource Center. He has been active with the unsheltered homeless community in Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia since 2015 when he founded a group to provide meals and share the Gospel message with the local poor, hungry and homeless at weekly outreach events. In September 2017 that group was formally incorporated as the Manassas Hunger & Homeless Outreach (MH&HO) Ministries Inc. where he serves as the founder and President.
For over twenty (20) years Richard has served as a Senior Information Technology Program and Project Manager at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also served in the United States Army for eleven (11) years as an Enlisted and Non-Commissioned Officer before being Commissioned as an Officer in the Army’s Quartermaster Corps. Richard is a graduate of the Army’s Quartermaster Center & School located at Fort Lee near Petersburg, Virginia where he was branch trained in the fields of acquisitions and logistics. He also holds Senior/Expert level Federal Acquisition Certifications in Program and Project Management (FAC-P/PM) as well as Contracting Officer’s Representative (FAC-COR) from the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI).
Richard is a graduate of Strayer University in Arlington Virginia where he received a Master’s of Science degree in Information Systems (MSIS). Richard also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and a Master’s Certificate in Information Technology (IT) Program and Project Management from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Minister Darryl R. Burgan, Vice President
Darryl R. Burgan, Sr., a native of Dayton, Ohio, serves as the Missions Minister of First Baptist Church of Manassas, VA, under the pastorate of the Reverend Dr. Keith Savage, and as Vice President of Manassas Hunger and Homeless Outreach Ministries.
At First Baptist Church of Manassas (FBC), Minister Burgan served as both a Trustee and Deacon before accepting his call to ‘preach and teach in all the world.’ Faithful to God’s directions, while attending Regent University’s School of Divinity, Minister Burgan was led to preach and teach in West Africa, to include teaching Christian Leadership Principles to Pastors and Leaders in Tamale and Kumasi Ghana in support of Regent University’s Center of Global Missions. He then received his Master of Divinity in 2015 in Missiology (Intercultural Studies). As the Missions Minister at FBC, he follows the direction of the senior servant to bring mission opportunities to the Believers of Christ, in order to advance the Kingdom of God.
Minister Burgan has lived his faith by serving on local, national and international mission fields. Locally, he serves in outreach to the Manassas homeless community through Manassas Hunger and Homeless Outreach Ministries, which provides weekly outreach Christian messages and meals among the homeless community. Nationally and internationally, he has preached, taught, and/or served in New Orleans, Ghana and Liberia, West Africa, Guyana South America, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.
Deacon Thomas (Tom) W. Carlson, Secretary & Treasurer
Tom has lived all over the country but has spent the last 35 years in Northern Virginia with his wife of 37 years, Rachelle. He has two married children and two grandchildren. Tom has been a software engineer for almost 30 years with Bachelor of Science degrees from Purdue University in Industrial Management and George Mason University in Computer Science.
He has been active in the homeless community since the early 1990's. He and his wife began their homeless outreach working on the Board of Directors for Operation Love in Woodbridge, Virginia. His wife then took over a homeless ministry at the CCNV Shelter in Washington, DC where she cooked meals for the men in the infirmary every other week. Tom and his wife were involved with this ministry for over twenty (20) years.
Over that time Tom has also been active in his churches as a Deacon, youth leader, and Sunday School teacher. He has been on several missions trip as a Youth Leader with Impact Virginia! through the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. These mission trips were construction based trips that allowed the youth and the leaders to build, rebuild, and repair houses for those that were unable to do so.
Tom began working with Manassas Hunger & Homeless Outreach (MH&HO) Ministries in the summer of 2016. At first it was something he and his wife did as part of a class she was taking at Dallas Theological Seminary. This soon grew into much more as Tom became more involved with the ministry and those being ministered to. Tom was asked to become part of the leadership team in January 2017.
Sister Pamela (Pam) J. Gilray
Pam grew up as an Air Force brat with 10 siblings. Her family moved often and the siblings bonded through exploring each new place and embracing every new adventure. She met her husband, Carl, while hiking the Grand Canyon with a mutual friend. God has blessed them with 3 amazing and unique children. Their family moved to Virginia in 1999 and for many years Pam served at CrossWay Fellowship as the Pioneer Club Leader, the director of the Annual Children's Christmas Pageant, and a drummer on the worship team.
Along with raising kids and serving at church, Pam owned her own business, Pam's Drapery Design, for 23 years. She taught in the public school system for 7 years and is currently employed as the Box Office Supervisor at a local concert venue, Jiffy Lube Live. She loves sewing, camping, hiking, bicycling, and drumming.
As her children grew up, God began calling Pam to work in community service. In 2014 she joined National Community Church (NCC) and got involved in their Second Saturday Serve program. She loved this opportunity to step out into the community, serving others in practical ways. Her motto became "use my hands alongside my heart." Currently she is the Acts 1:8 Missions Director of the Gainesville campus of NCC. The Acts of Jesus call us to assist the poor, care for the suffering, and transform through reconciliation. She is engaged in building relationships with people living in the area, as well as connecting with community ministries in West Prince William County. Pam also enjoys going on missions trips nationally and internationally.
In the spring of 2017, Pam got involved with Manassas Hunger & Homeless Outreach (MH&HO) Ministries, a coalition of churches and ministries working together to serve the needs of the poor. She finds great joy in giving food to the hungry, providing basic needs to people who are experiencing a rough patch in life, engaging in a good conversation, and sharing the love of God with others.
Deacon Leonard Patterson
Leonard, who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland is a volunteer committed to public service, youth mentoring and Christian missions. He has served as a Deacon in his church and is currently a member of the First African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Manassas, where he serves on the Board of Stewards and is Superintendent of Church School.
He also dedicates his time to mentoring men through the Good News Jail Ministry of Prince William County and its new initiative the Jail Aftercare Ministry of Prince William County. Additionally, Leonard leads a ministry geared to senior citizens called C-Mobile, (Christians Mobile) which hosts monthly B-I-N-G-O Fun and Fellowship nights for Senior Citizens at the Manassas Health and Rehabilitation Center and the Bernard E. Mason Senior Citizen Apartments in Baltimore, MD.
Leonard also served in the past as a Cub and Boy Scout leader and volunteer for Big Brothers of America. Bro. Patterson is employed as a Automobile Damage appraiser with Travelers Insurance. He has been employed in the insurance industry since 1984. Bro. Patterson enjoys movies, sports and spending time with his wife Sharon and their daughter Shannon.
Since the winter of 2017 Br. Patterson has been active with Manassas Hunger & Homeless Outreach (MH&HO) Ministries where he regularly delivers the Gospel message, prays and fellowships with those we serve.