board of directors


    Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

    My name is Ginger, I am humbled that God called me to lead something like this. Eden’s Glory is an act of courage and obedience, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It is also an honor to have a front row seat to the transforming power and grace of God. In 2010 I was completely unaware that slavery still existed. When I heard, I devoured information from statistics to documentaries, to narrative accounts. I was heart broken at the reality. I was angered by the injustice, and I was CALLED to do something about it. So I quit my job, moved to Illinois, got married, bought a house, had a baby, and started a ministry all in the same year. Crazy! We have been open since September 2015 and I'm grateful to walk alongside survivors every day. Come, let us tell you so so many stories!


    Co- founder and Co-executive Director

    Annie is a licensed clinical social worker with vast experience of casework, counseling, and training in her field. In 2004, God moved her heart to fight for the broken, the enslaved, and challenge systemic injustices and she has never turned back. Annie is the co-founder and lead program developer for Eden's Glory. MANY hours of learning, research, networking, writing, revising, wrestling, creativity, heart, and PRAYER have been given to the creation of a two-year treatment program for survivors of human trafficking. Annie leads us with a high standard, and with God's help and grace, to focus on the women and their pursuit of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational restoration.

  • Michael Laughlin- president

    Chair: Criminal Justice and Social Work,  Greenville University

    Michael is married to Kasey and they have two sons. Michael has experience in elementary and secondary education, law enforcement, and as a college professor.  He earned his B.A. in religion and philosophy from Greenville College, his M.A. in philosophy from U.M.S.L., and a M.P.A. and PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Michael is honored to serve with Eden's Glory and to help serve survivors of human trafficking.  Michael prays that Eden's Glory will continue to improve awareness about human trafficking, improve the lives of survivors, and help survivors to grow into a relationship with God.

  • KELLY GRiffith

    IL Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB)

    Kelly is a licensed attorney and has spent the majority of her career working on behalf of victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Even after almost fifteen years of helping victims of sexual exploitation, it was not until 2012 that she became aware of the enormous issue of human trafficking. She felt God was leading her to do more to support those trapped in the dark world of slavery, and she serves on the Board of Eden’s Glory with the prayer that women will come to know the love and redemption of Jesus Christ.


    original task force member

    Rachel is married to Tim Wayman and they have 2 daughters: Brooke, 9 and Alli, 7. She is active in the community serving on the Academic Foundation board and in the parent club at her kids' school.  She completed her undergrad at Greenville University and went on to teach Elementary school aged kids for 4 years in Texas. Rachel and Tim moved back to Greenville in 2011 and she has been staying home raising her kids. Rachel volunteered with Set Free and then later learned more about Eden’s Glory and felt that God was leading her to this ministry. She has been helping Eden’s Glory since 2015 and has served on the board since 2016.

  • Ginger Reed

    Owner, Paul Mitchell School St. Louis

    Ginger is co-owner at Paul Mitchell the School St. Louis and a hairstylist at Hollywood Hair in Maryville, IL. As a licensed cosmetologist and licensed instructor, she believes in the power of how one’s inner beauty and outer beauty have a direct correlation to each other.  She has been witness to the transformative affects and impact hairstylists can have on those who sit in their chair, especially when their self worth and confidence is being hindered. Her involvement with Eden’s Glory began by donating salon services to the residents, and has progressed into feeling led to use her experience and background as a leader in her organization to help support and work alongside Eden’s Glory. She wants to help progress the movement, create more awareness, and support raising funds to see the mission of Eden’s Glory grow. Ginger has a heart to serve, and could not think of a better organization to serve alongside… one that is changing and rehabilitating lives through the powerful healing that God provides to the brave and courageous women who trust Eden’s Glory on their road to restoration.

  • Sheryl Nea

    Leadership: The Juice Plus Company and Revelation wEllness

    Sheryl has always had a passion for helping the next generation.  Her former careers include Middle School teacher and Figure Skating Coach.  She found her love for educating and inspiring youth to be their best merge with healthy living when she partnered with The Juice Plus Company to offer solutions for better health to individuals and families.  Sheryl holds a leadership position with The Juice Plus Company, serving a team of people who inspire healthy living around the world.  Sheryl is also a certified Revelation Wellness Fitness Instructor.  Through her certification, she is able to provide programs that use fitness as a tool to spread the gospel by combining faith with wellness.  She is passionate about empowering the next generation to make better choices with their health, to fuel their bodies well, to move their bodies to be fit for the call God has on their life, and to bring God into their health journey to be equipped to love and serve others. Sheryl has been serving as a volunteer at Eden’s Glory since 2018, bringing her knowledge and passions to the residents with weekly programs and classes.

  • Nick Martin


    Nick currently serves as a pastor in local church ministry with emphasis on teaching and equipping families in the truth of God's Word. Prior to his current role, Nick has served churches in Missouri and Illinois. 

    He is a graduate of Missouri Baptist University (BA in Christian Ministry), Lindenwood University (MA in Organizational Leadership), and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv in Biblical Studies), and is currently pursuing further doctoral studies. During his undergraduate work, he spent his summers working alongside indigenous pastors in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia) where he first became aware of human trafficking not only abroad, but in the United States.

    Nick is married to his wife, Brittany, and they have one son. Together, they are a licensed foster care home in the State of Illinois with experience as a specialized home supporting minors with extensive trauma. Furthermore, Nick is a ministry leader and advocate on a local and state level for foster care, adopted children, and survivors of abuse. Ultimately, Nick and his family pray that under God’s enduring guidance, provision, and faithfulness, Eden’s Glory will continue to see survivors restored from the extensive trauma of human trafficking and communities empowered with skills and knowledge to prevent exploitation.

  • Position currently vacant-TREASURER    

    Interested in coming alongside Eden's Glory? We are looking to saturate our Board of Directors with skilled, passionate, and connected individuals that can aid us in taking Eden's Glory strategically into the future.

    Serve a two-year term, engage on one of our committees, connect us to stakeholders and create sustainable infrastructure.

    Contact and submit the application below


  • Join our board of directors

    Interested in coming alongside Eden's Glory? We are looking to saturate our Board of Directors with skilled, passionate, and connected individuals who can aid us in strategically taking Eden's Glory into the future.

    Serve a two-year term, engage on one of our committees, connect us to stakeholders, and create sustainable infrastructure.

    Contact and submit the application below: