You might think that serving hundreds of thousands of people across the globe every year requires hundreds of employees, but the truth is that Set Free has a small staff based out of Greenville, South Carolina, as well as a number of international partnerships. The streamlined nature of the organization is intentional—it allows funding to flow directly into ministry, providing everything from well parts to vehicles, food and housing for rescued children, and medicines and staff for medical clinics.
Stateside, Set Free maintains a small but efficient staff, reducing overhead to ensure that our funding goes to what matters the most—bringing the gospel of Jesus to the unreached communities of India and West Africa by meeting physical needs.
Sarah is a Greenville, SC native and a lover of all things involving contact sports, being outdoors, and a good cup of coffee. She is passionate about building relationships, sharing the love of Jesus, and the work Set Free is doing around the world. When she's not writing updates, dreaming up future goals, visiting our partners, or meeting with donors - you can find her spending time with her husband and two children or training for a triathlon.
A career engineer and custom home builder, Roland became a Christian later in life, and, as always, Jesus changed everything. Deeply convicted to leave an impact greater than monetary success and achieving “the American dream,” Roland quit his own building company and started Water of Life (now Set Free) to bring fresh water and the Gospel to the most desperate parts of the world. Ever moving on faith and by the direction of the Holy Spirit, Roland started drilling wells in West Africa in 2004 and in India by 2010. Often out of the office training new drilling crew members and meeting with indigenous pastors, he loves to visit his dear brothers and sisters in Christ on the other side of the world, but is always ready to come home to his wife’s amazing pie.
Afton calls Travelers Rest home and knew God led her to Set Free as soon as she arrived to the area. She loves that Set Free gives her a chance to combine her passion for children with her love of spreadsheets. Her time is spent mostly with her husband and 2 children, whether it’s exploring new parks, travelling, or spending time with friends. It doesn’t take long to hear about her love for Chick-fil-A or her heart for the incredible work that Set Free is doing. She finds joy in the stories of lives changed, meeting donors who are passionate about Set Free, and the hope found in the Gospel.
Andrew is a native of Upstate, SC and has been married to his wife Lexie since 2016. They have a rescue dog named Tuko and attend church at Origins Greenville where they lead a small group and Andrew serves as an Elder. Andrew first became passionate about international missions after going to Uganda the summer after he graduated high school and then leading a group of college students to Costa Rica to share the gospel in college. He is a graduate of Clemson University, and is passionate by all things Clemson sports, deep conversations over a good cup of coffee, and time in the mountains. Andrew is excited about connecting churches and businesses with what God is doing through Set Free.
Claire and her husband Seth settled in Greenville after graduating from Clemson in 2018, along with their cat, Laila, and pup, Remy. Claire knows that God directed her path to Set Free and is incredibly thankful He did. She is passionate about the written word and all things literature. Claire is a firm believer in the power of stories and the unifying force they can have. Claire loves getting to tell the stories of those we serve to the donors that make our work possible. When Claire isn't writing for Set Free, you can find her with her family hiking in the mountains, spending time with friends and family, dreaming up travel plans, or cheering on the Tigers.
David and his wife Jennifer have been married since 2006 and are members of Hope Point Church. He served on Hope Point's mission team for over 10 years which has led him to many parts of the world including Asia, the Middle East, and Central and North America visiting church missionary partners. David is very excited to be joining Set Free as Development Coordinator. When he isn't busy visiting donors, networking, building relationships, and sharing the incredible things God is doing through Set Free you can find him anywhere in God's creation - specifically fishing, hunting, or hiking.
Lissette fell in love with the upstate while on a brief visit and six months later, she became a permanent resident! A life-long musician, she developed strong relationship and organizational skills as a music teacher and fine arts director. With a cozy candle burning, music playing, and a good cup of coffee always nearby, Lissette strives to offer a first rate, Christ-centered client experience; one donor at a time. When she's not working, Lissette loves to hunt for unique coffee spots and take in a music concert.
Allison serves as the Grants Manager for Set Free Alliance. She is a native of Summerville, SC, but she graduated from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville, which inspired her to relocate to the Upstate. She received her Bachelor’s in Arts Administration from the College of Charleston and has over 10 years of non-profit experience. Her work includes Artisphere, International Ballet, YMCA of Greenville, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to name a few. Currently, she is completing her Master in Business Administration from the Clemson University MBA Program.
With two decades of brand marketing, business development, and event planning experience, Emily’s ability to dream up the big picture and then execute the smallest details makes her gifts from God a blessing to serve Set Free as Events Manager. Originally from Florence, SC, Emily graduated from Clemson University and spent 10 years in Atlanta before “coming home” to South Carolina. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 44 and has served on several Upstate non-profit organization’s Board of Directors. Emily and her husband, Kevin, have three sons and are members of Grace Church. When she’s not creating experiences for donors and supporters of Set Free you’ll find Emily trying to: squeeze in a tennis match, find a few minutes to work a puzzle, or make it through the Chick-fil-A drive-thru at least twice a week!
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Our Board of Directors is the backbone of everything Set Free does—providing emotional, spiritual and financial support to all that we do across the globe.
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Our international partnerships are vital to our mission—they provide “boots on the ground” for every well we drill, serving those communities and their needs on a deeper level, and in many cases, providing maintenance of the wells. Without these international leaders—pastors and drill crews alike—our mission would be more difficult to accomplish.
Our partner in India serves as the President of an Indian pastor's association, and under his leadership the pastors association has grown from 300 pastors to more than 8000 pastors reaching the untouchables of India with the gospel of Christ. Despite intense Christian persecution in India, our partner knows that it is his life's calling to serve the rural people of India. Armed with his tremendous gift for evangelism and deep faith, he trusts that God will guide and protect his path wherever he is lead.
Pastor Barry was raised in a devout Muslim family, from the Fullah Tribe - the people that first brought Islam to West Africa. His father intended for him to become an Imam, but while he was a teenager living and working in the local mosque, he met a missionary who patiently and with great respect shared the Gospel with him. After experiencing God first-hand, Alphonso became a fervent Christian. He later met his wife, Nana, and together they have two children. Together, they are faithful servants to the Lord, taking the gospel all across Sierra Leone.
Dennis Aggrey was raised in Konia, Liberia and attended the African Bible College. When the Liberian Civil War broke out, Dennis fled to Sierra Leone and eventually traveled to the United States for his masters of divinity. Before the war was finished, Dennis returned to Liberia and founded the Christian Revival Church Association (CRCA), a network of pastors that builds trust to reach the villages with the love of Christ in their own languages. Today, CRCA has around 70 churches and 35 preaching points all around Liberia. He met his wife, Vania, when she traveled to Liberia on a Set Free mission trip. Together, they have 3 beautiful children.
This group of men in Sierra Leone works tirelessly through both the dry and rainy seasons to bring the gift of clean water to villages in their country by drilling new water wells.