Board of Directors

The board of directors meet quarterly and are responsible for our overall vision and direction.

Heart For Families


Bruce & Carla Ferguson 

In 2004, Bruce and Carla Ferguson relocated their home from Alabama to Macon County after successful careers of providing environmental expertise to the pulp and paper industry. In 2013, they felt called to some form of marriage and family ministry as Carla was completing her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. In 2014, as the Lord moved the hearts of numerous pastors toward the need for marriage and family ministry, Bruce and Carla accepted the call to help organize Heart for Families to implement the pastoral vision of the Marriage and Family Agreement signed by more than 30 pastors and ministers in the County.


After serving as the Heart for Families Executive Director for four years, Bruce is now applying his administrative and leadership spiritual gifts to strengthen marriage and family relationships. Carla uses her counseling expertise, relationship skills, and Biblical wisdom as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Both are evangelical Christians applying their beliefs to strengthen marriages and enhance family relationships through the Heart for Families and their personal daily walk with the Lord.


Barry & Diedre Breeden

Barry and Diedre were friends in high school, but didn't start dating until 2004, and have been married now for fifteen years. In addition to balancing raising three active children together, they both own and operate their own businesses; Barry a power equipment store and Diedre a private counseling practice. They can often be found coaching sports teams (Barry) or teaching dance classes (Diedre, although Barry has been known to join her onstage) alongside their children. They love putting love in action with their church family, Cowee Baptist. Their free time as a family is spent camping or traveling to see new places and they absolutely love creating new memories. 


Both Barry and Diedre are quick to share the story of the first few years of their marriage, one of restoration and transformation by the gospel. They are thankful for this experience, and deeply desire to pour back into marriages and families in their community, purely out of gratitude for the work the Lord performed in their own marriage. Their prayer is by serving as directors of Heart for Families, it will be an opportunity as a family to serve others and teach their children to be the hands and feet of Christ. 

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Samuel and Danyel Crabtree

Samuel and Danyel started dating in 2009 and married in 2011. Samuel manages a family business and Danyel is a homemaker to two, soon to be three children. They enjoy serving at their church, Prentiss Church. They love staying home and working around their house or camping in the summer. 

Samuel and Danyel are excited to see how God is going to move and use Heart for Families in their community. They are very thankful to be a part of Heart for Families and for God to use their family to reach others. 

Waylon and Nicole Chastain

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Waylon and Nicole Chastain are residents of Highlands, NC. Waylon is a native of Highlands and Nicole is a transplant from South Florida. After meeting on a blind date in 2010, they were married in October of 2012 and are now raising two beautiful children, Oliver and Zoe. They are members of First Baptist Church in Highlands, where they teach Sunday School and help in the nursery. Their passion and mission is to help strengthen families in their church and community by helping provide tools and education in marriage, parenting, finances, and community outreach. Waylon has a background in accounting and is currently working in sales and marketing, and Nicole has a background in Spa, retail and hospitality management. In addition, both are licensed real estate agents in North Carolina. They love spending time together as a family, going on hikes and adventures, and learning how to do new things!

Waylon and Nicole have a burning desire to help strengthen marriages and family units. They believe wholeheartedly that God can restore marriages, and parents can raise Godly children in this world today. They are excited to be directors for Heart for Families and bring much needed resources to their community.