Recently I have found myself frequently saying, “I’ve never seen a time like this, when no one wants to work.”  We have seen the words “labor shortage” all over the news and witnessed numerous businesses in our community close or restrict operations because of a lack of workers.  Secular businesses are not the only ones affected.  This problem has extended into churches and ministry organizations as well.  We at Harvest find ourselves in the same predicament – needing workers to help us care for the children.  We have spent thousands of dollars on recruitment advertising and have had limited response.  The ones who do submit an application seem to do so only as a means to check a box on their unemployment requirements.  We try to call them to set up interviews and they either don’t answer, won’t return calls, or simply say they are not interested.  Some may schedule an interview and then not keep their appointment.  What are we to do?

With faith, I know God has a plan!  One day recently I was praying and said to the Lord, “Surely there are four or five Christians who need a job and want to serve – please send them our way.” I am encouraged by Matthew 9:36-38 “36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith He unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  When we pray, I know in His time, He will answer! Will you help me pray for people who are called to minister to children?  And will you also help me spread the word that Harvest is a great employer that takes good care of the people who join us in ministry.

 If you love children and have a calling to work with them, please take time to check us out today. We are currently seeking Youth Care Specialists and Residential Counselors to provide daily care and nurturing, teach social & life skills, and minister to abused, neglected, abandoned, troubled children who live at Harvest. Youth Care Specialists work 12-hour shifts (7 am – 7 pm or 7 pm – 7 am) in the Emergency and Assessment Shelter.  Residential Counselors work a 7 day on / 7 day off rotating live-in schedule in our long-term group homes. 

Successful candidates will hold at least a High School Diploma and have six months’ experience working with youth through professional, church, or civic organizations (your own children is not professional experience); and have a strong, conservative spiritual history. We offer a competitive salary depending on education and experience; paid vacations; health, life, and disability insurance; and relocation assistance.  Are you called to serve?  Send resume with references, wage requirement, and written testimony by e-mail to



Harvest Child Care Ministries is a non-profit organization as defined under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. We provide residential services to children and are governed by a Board of Directors made up of 13-21 members. Harvest is affiliated with the Free Will Baptist churches of Virginia. Each Free Will Baptist quarterly conference physically located in Virginia is entitled to elect a representative to serve on our Board. Also the state associations of WV, KY, NC, OK, and AK may elect a Board Member. Other members who have expertise in the fields of Social Services, Business, Finance, Health Care, and Law are appointed by the elected Board to provide guidance and leadership. Harvest is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services and is a member of the Virginia Association of Children’s Homes.

Meet our Administrators


Newl Dotson, M.A.

Executive Director

Mr. Dotson is a native of Bristol , VA and co-founder of Harvest Child Care Ministries. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from King University in Bristol, TN and his Masters Degree in Counseling from Liberty University . He has previously served as Director of Youth Ministries in two Free Will Baptist Churches and worked in another denominational children’s home. Newl is the current President of the Virgina Association of Children’s Homes. Mr. Dotson currently resides in Kingsport, TN.

Teresa Tilison

Teresa Tilson, BSW

Director of Children's Services

Ms. Tilson is a native of Greeneville , TN and a co-founder of Harvest Child Care Ministries. She received her Bachelor of Social Welfare from East Tennessee State University . Ms. Tilson previously worked for the Tennessee Department of Human Services and another denominational children’s home. Currently, Teresa oversees our long-term residential group homes. She serves as case manager to the children in this program. Previously, she was active in the Free Will Baptist Ladies’ Auxiliary on the local and district level.


Martha Stone, M.A.

Advancement Director

Mrs. Stone joined Harvest Child Care Ministries in 1994. She received her Bachelor of General Studies from East Tennessee State University and her Masters Degree in Counseling from Liberty University. She has previously served the Youth Departments of two Free Will Baptist Churches and has been active in the Free Will Baptist Ladies’ Auxiliary on the local and district level. Martha oversees our advancement staff and coordinates our fund-raising programs. Martha is the mother of two and grandmother of six. She and her husband, Rick, reside in Mount Carmel, TN

Robin Neal, M.A, BSW

Director of Specialized Services

Mrs. Neal joined Harvest Child Care Ministries in 1996. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from East Tennessee State University and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Liberty University. She has previously served the youth departments of two Free Will Baptist Churches. She has served as Residential Counselor and Case Manager at our Stickleyville Girl’s Cottage. Currently Robin directs our Specialized Services Programs. She supervises our Child Care staff there and coordinates the children’s Assessment Profiles. She has one daughter, Alexis. Robin and her husband, Josh, currently reside in Mount Carmel,TN.


Joshua Neal, BS

Support Services Manager

Joshua Neal serves the ministry in capacity of support services. He holds many certifications in Computer Networks, Desktop Support, Computer Programing as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Management Information Systems and Information Assurance degree from Liberty University. Joshua is a member of a local FWB Church where he serves as a deacon, sound technician and plays in the praise band. Joshua and Robin Neal live in Mount Carmel, TN with their daughter, Alexis.

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