Bill R. Hancock

CEO and Co-Founder

Bill says that he didn't find foster care; foster care found him. When he was a young teen, his stepfather asked him to leave their home. He dropped out of high school and found his way to a workhouse. Several years later, he heard a televangelist. The next Sunday, he went to church where God became the Father that he never had and the faith community became his family. This experience, coupled with the support of several key individuals, afforded him a new start, and he was able to go to college and then graduate school, where he got a job working in an emergency children’s shelter. He’s been serving foster children ever since then. 

Bill’s passion and vision is to change the way America does foster care—with the local church as the solution. With more than 30 years of child welfare and church leadership experience, Bill possesses a unique understanding of foster care, public policy, church culture and social entrepreneurship.

Prior to founding FaithBridge, Bill served in leadership roles in several residential group homes and emergency shelters, as a consultant to the child welfare industry and as a local church pastor. He has been the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards, including a gubernatorial appointment to Georgia's Policy Council for Children and Families, the Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children's Gail Bayes Visionary Leadership for Children and Families Award and an Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. In addition, Bill is a Board Member for Georgia Life Alliance and a member of the CWLA National Faith-Based Advisory Committee. He and his wife have three biological children and three foster children.

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Susan Crain

Chief Strategy Officer

As FaithBridge’s lead strategist, Susan manages FaithBridge’s marketing communications, new market expansion, technology and implementation of its proprietary FaithBridge Community of CareSM model. When asked what she does best, colleagues say that she translates complex ideas into action plans and injects a fresh perspective into almost any conversation. From initial business planning and strategy development through design, execution and post-project analysis, Susan's others-first leadership is energizing and refreshing.

Prior to joining the FaithBridge team, Susan owned a marketing communications agency that helped high-growth clients in a wide variety of industries ranging from construction and healthcare to nonprofits and technology. Susan lives in the foothills of north Georgia with her husband and dog. She hikes, kayaks and enjoys expansive mountain views from their screened-in porch.

Jessi Esterling

Executive Director of Operations

Jessi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has spent her entire career working with foster care and in related fields. She serves as the executive director of operations for FaithBridge throughout the state of Georgia and in this role, she is responsible for the teams that recruit, train and license church partners, foster families and volunteers as well the teams of social workers who manage care coordination. Prior to joining FaithBridge, she served as the Director of Operations of The Forgotten Initiative, a national foster care advocacy initiative of Lifesong for Orphans in Gridley, Illinois. Previous to Lifesong, Jessi served as the Director of Foster Care Casework and Clinical Services for the Children’s Home Association of Illinois. She was also a Domestic Violence Caseworker for the Center of Prevention Abuse. She and her husband Zach have four children, two biological sons and two daughters adopted from the foster care system.

Marci Bourland

Area Managing Director for FaithBridge Glynn

Marci began her current role as the Area Managing Director of FaithBridge Glynn in December 2014 after interning for a few months while completing her Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. She has a wealth of experience in both pastoral ministry and the child welfare work sector.
She has served in the United Methodist Church in various leadership roles and has a passion to see the church stand in the gap for vulnerable children and families. Marci and her husband are licensed foster parents, have one adopted son and attend a FaithBridge partner church in Brunswick, Georgia.

Chris Hayes

Area Managing Director for the Atlanta Metro Area

Chris has been with FaithBridge since 2010, wearing a variety of hats. He started as a foster family consultant after spending two years working for the Floyd County Division of Children and Family Services. Since then, he’s been promoted to being an Area Managing Director and is also a Lead Trainer, equipping and teaching families preparing to care for foster children. This is one of his favorite parts of his job because he gets to work with those who are excited to begin the adventure of fostering. Preparing families well can help lead to successful and positive fostering experiences for everyone.

He studied communications at Berry College and earned a masters degree in Christian Ministry Leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s been married to Brittany since 2008, and they live in the Atlanta metro area. Outside of work and relationships, Chris’ interests revolve around music and Atlanta sports teams. He’s a worship leader, song writer, musician and DJ, and he also collects as much Braves, UGA and Falcons memorabilia that he can find. 

Courtney Runyan

Area Managing Director for the Atlanta Metro Area

Courtney joined FaithBridge Foster Care in 2009 as a Foster Family Consultant before becoming an Area Managing Director in 2011. She has extensive experience in professional counseling and therapy with children and families who have experienced trauma, grief and abuse. Her training includes being certified in various forms of therapy, which gives her a clinical perspective and interest in sharing the hope and healing power of the Gospel with those who are hurting as she works with and cares for foster children and families.

Her roles previous to working at FaithBridge include being a child and family therapist, preschool teacher and volunteer consultant. Courtney earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Behavioral Science from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She and her husband attend Cumberland Community Church in Smyrna, one of FaithBridge’s church partners.

Beth Vinyard

Implementation/Project Manager

Beth develops FaithBridge's growth, seeking to change the way America does foster care in more places. She brings with her 15 years of project management experience, ranging from overseeing and evaluating child welfare contracts to serving as a case manager and foster care licenser. For the first 12 years of her career, she served in the Army National Guard, supervising and commanding military units. She has lived all over the United States and in Italy. Beth holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in sociology. She is actively involved with the National Charity League and lives with her husband and three children in the suburbs of Atlanta.

Leslie Bailey

Quality Manager

Leslie started at FaithBridge in 2009 as a Foster Family Consultant. She brought with her several years of experience being a case manager at the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Cobb County. In 2014, she became the Quality Manager. In this role, she oversees compliance and the home study team. She also supervises the in-take process and helps with audits.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and has her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University. Leslie is a Georgia native, always having lived in Cobb County, loves her two dogs and is a huge Auburn fan. She attends one of FaithBridge’s partner churches in the Atlanta metro area. 

Kelvin Stewart


As the Controller, Kelvin oversees all financial aspects of FaithBridge companies. He’s been doing so since 2012 and previously held similar roles at LocumTenens (a Jackson Healthcare company) and in other organizations, giving him decades of accounting and financial experience. He most enjoys getting to train, lead and empower others to do their job well. He has two bachelors of science degrees, one in accounting and one in finance, from North Georgia College. Kelvin lives in the Georgia foothills north of Atlanta, attends Jasper United Methodist Church and has four sons that keep him playing sports and watching football, cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Board of Trustees

Richard L. JacksonChairman
Laurence (Larry) Powell

Michael Kendrick
Ron Blue
Wayne Stolz, co-founder


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