Dr. Rick Light
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Light has been associated with REF for over 20 years. He has previously served as the Director of International and United States Ministries (1982-2001). During that time he led many successful evangelistic efforts in Uganda, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, India, and Russia. In 2001, Dr. Light was installed as the third Executive Director of REF and has faithfully served in that capacity ever since.
Dr. Light graduated from Graham Bible College with B.B.E in Bible and Theology. He received his Seminary training (M.A/M.Div.) and he received his Ph.D in Christian Thought through the Jonathan Edwards Institute in Princeton, NJ, credited through the University of Biblical Studies and Seminary of Oklahoma City, OK in 2005.
He is married to the former Evangeline Patricia Wilkinson, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Ben Wilkinson. The Light's have three children: Joshua, Victoria, and Nathan. Victoria is married to Justin Rodda and have a daughter and Nathan is married to Beth DeVault Light.
Rev. Joshua Light
Chief Operating Officer
Rev. Light has served as a member of the office staff since August 2, 2004 in a number of differing roles, presently as Chief Operating Officer and as an Acting Dean of the Samuel Davies School of Evangelism.
He completed his Associate's Degree in 2004 through Northeast State Technical Community College in Blountville, TN, his Bachelor of Biblical Eduation in 2008 through Graham Bible College in Bristol, TN and his M.Div. in 2015 through Birmingham Theological Seminary in Birmingham, Alabama. He is now engaged in doctorate study through Birmingham Theological Seminary, focusing on a Doctorate of Ministry.
Chief Financial Officer
Nathan has recently joined the REF team in May, 2016. He holds a bachelor degree in history and political science, and a second bachelor's degree in accounting. Both courses of study were finished at King University, in Bristol, Tennessee. As a minister's son, Nathan has always been keenly aware of the importance of a strong support system for preachers of the Word, who devote themselves to God's service. This is especially true for those serving Christ abroad.
He is thrilled to be able to join the REF office, in order to help our faithful team members in the areas they need. Born the oldest son, of Dr. Phil R. and Mrs. Carlen D. Blevins, he was raised in the deep South, and is happy to be back in sunny Appalachia, in the birthplace of Country Music: Bristol, Tennessee. He is very thankful to God for his faithful wife, Courtney, and their 4 wonderful children, and looks forward to helping and serving REF in the days ahead.
Chief Information Officer/ Global Developer
Clinton Blevins has been involved in ministry throughout the southeast of the United States for more than fifteen years. He co-Founded the nonprofit organization, Safe World, which has brought medical relief and clean water to portions of Uganda and Haiti. Clint was a regular contributor to Every Thought Captive Magazine, part of the Highlands Ministries, writer and screenwriter for Luminarium Pictures.
He graduated with a B.B.E from Graham Bible College in Bristol, TN with some continued education through Greenville Seminary. He lives in Bristol with his wife Alison and three children Tristan, Ada, and Vincent.
Mrs. Rebecca Payton
Rebecca’s family joined PEF in 1988. Some of her fondest memories involve being at the PEF Family Conferences. She has helped and been involved in facilitating the PEF/REF conferences since she was a teenager. It is a privilege and honor to serve her REF family by striving to make the conference a time of rest and spiritual recharging from their labors of advancing the Gospel.
Rebecca and her husband, Wesley have two boys and live in Oxford, Georgia. In addition to being Conference Director, she is also involved in helping other ministries and helping her mom who owns a hair salon.
Ms. Erica Hicks
Erica Lucy Hicks began working at REF in August 2020. Erica is a native of the tri-cities area. Her profession of faith came at Bible School while attending as a child.
Erica has served as a church musician since her teenage years and continues to play flute for worship services.
After serving as Drum Major of the the Marching Buccaneers while participating in the music department at East Tennessee State University, Erica chose to become a licensed cosmetologist for her full time career. Erica currently works as a hair stylist at Renew Wellness Salon in Bristol, TN.
Mrs. Victoria Rodda
Victoria reunited with REF in January of 2019, she had previously served as Administrative Assistant from 2006-2010. She is married to Justin Rodda and has 2 daughters, Kylie Renee and Olivia Ruth. Victoria is a stay at home mom and Licensed Massage Therapist in Tennessee.
Victoria professed Christ as a young girl during a PEF Conference in Cullowhee, NC during an Agape Puppet Show and she has held the conference and REF close to her heart ever since. Victoria comes from a rich heritage of Christ Followers and is privileged to work along side all of the wonderful REF Staff and Team Members who are working in the kingdom every single day.
Mr. Ben Easom
Website Development / I.T.
A very recent addition to our REF team, is Mr. Ben Easom. From an early age, Ben has been enthralled with mission work, and is thrilled to be able to assist the needs of our team members.
He enjoys world-travel, and has a very extensive background with computer systems, technical support. He's a crucial aid to REF's need for constantly keeping on the cutting edge, in an increasingly digital world.
He lives in Bristol with his wonderful wife Sierra.