Frank was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC and is the oldest of three sons. While he was in high school the family moved to Rocky Mount, NC and began attending Englewood Baptist Church. It was on an Englewood youth group trip that Frank met his future wife Sharon. He graduated from Chowan College with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and from East Carolina University with an MBA and is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Frank served 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve including a deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom and spent 10 years in the hotel management industry in various roles.
Frank and Sharon were married in 2001 and knew early in their marriage that God was calling them into the ministry.In 2007 God called Frank and Sharon into full time missions as the directors of Youth On Mission and moved back to Rocky Mount, NC. After several years as partner ministries, Youth On Mission merged with SCORE International to become SCORE Domestic in 2012. Frank serves on the SCORE International Leadership team and is Director of SCORE Domestic. Sharon leads the Appalachia mission ministry for SCORE Domestic. They have one son, Will Franklin. Click here to read more information.
Sharon was born in Henderson, North Carolina and at the age of 12 she gave her life to Christ. She is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate with a degree in Communication Studies. Not long after graduating college she ran into an old friend, Frank Dees, at church and two years later they were married. Sharon and Frank knew early on in their marriage that God was calling them into ministry. In 2006 the founder and director of Youth On Mission was ready to retire and at that same moment God was calling Sharon and Frank to missions. September 2007 the YOM torch was passed to Sharon and Frank. Sharon serves as the Co-Director for Domestic Missions. She spends the majority of her time coordinating short term mission trips to the Appalachian Mountain region. She and Frank have a son, Will Franklin. Click here to read more information.
Kim was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Derek, for 27 years. Derek and Kim have had many miracles in their lives and in their marriage. One of the most precious miracles is their son, Jonathan. They were told by doctors they would never have children, however, God blessed them with this gift 14 years ago. After working in the accounting field for 8 years, Kim went to work as a church secretary and bookkeeper for 12 years. It was in this capacity that God brought the opportunity for her to work with Youth On Mission which is now SCORE Domestic. The past 11 years have been a huge honor and blessing. Seeing people become passionate about sharing the gospel, seeing people coming to know Christ and seeing needs being met in the process is so powerful. Kim as well as her family are thankful for the opportunity to be a tiny part of a ministry that is having an eternal impact.
Ed has been married to his wife Beverly for thirty years. They have two boys; Jason and wife Meghan, and Joshua and wife Betsy. Ed was born in Franklin Va. and moved to NC in 1980 to begin his career with the City of Rocky Mount. He retired as a Superintendent of the Water Resources Division in October of 2011. He serves as a Deacon at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. He also has served for the last twelve years on the Acts 1:8 ministry team as a team leader. He has lead trips to places such as Russia, Indonesia, India, as well as leading several disaster recovery trips.
After retirement he had the opportunity to join up with Youth On Missions as a Mission Specialist. Since then he has had the opportunity to work with the domestic trips in areas such as West Virginia, Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, and most recently Eutaw Alabama. He also has taken part in assisting with trips to Panama and the Dominican.
His heart is to see others to come to know that Jesus Christ died for us and wants us to be with him forever in heaven. Ed feels that he has an opportunity to witness to the lost and hopefully encourage those that are serving on short term mission trips to possibly consider serving as a missionary in a full time capacity. Through these things he can see Acts 1:8 lived out.