Ron Bishop was born in Warne Robins, GA in 1945. He grew up in Blacksburg, SC. He was a star athlete at Blacksburg High School, where he graduated in 1963.
At the age of 9, Ron accepted Jesus as his savior and was baptized at the First Baptist Church. During his senior year, Ron went on a mission trip to Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico with 40 preachers, including Jerry Falwell. During that trip, God called Ron to preach. At the age of 21, he was ordained into the ministry by the church.
Ron attended Tennessee Temple College. At TTC, he played basketball. He graduated in 1967 with a B.A. Degree. At TTC, he met Pat Reagan from Atlanta. Pat and Ron married in August, 1967. Ron continued his studies and received a Masters of Divinity degree from Temple Baptist Theological Seminary. Pat graduated from TTC with a B.S. degree and received a Masters of Education from UT Chattanooga.
In 1972-75, Ron served as Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Hartselle, Alabama. In 1975, Ron and Pat returned to Chattanooga where Ron became Athletic Director and head basketball coach at TTU. Pat served as professor in the Physical Education department.
Ron was a successful basketball coach, leading his team to 4 national championships. He was twice named “National Coach of the Year.” He was also inducted into 5 “Halls of Fame.”
In 1984, Ron and Pat founded SCORE International, a missions organization whose purpose was to expose and engage youth on “short-term mission trips.” They founded this ministry in the basement of their home. For 26 years, Ron and Pat saw God grow this ministry into the worldwide organization with more than 200 missionaries and employees. During that time, more than 100,000 Americans travelled with SCORE to more than 20 countries and shared the Gospel with millions of people.
Today, SCORE has two mission training centers, a GAP program, dental/medical clinic, orphanages, and homes for girls and boys, camps, athletic facilities, and a home for rescued women. This ministry has millions of dollars in assets and has operated debt free.
In 2011, Ron installed his chosen successor, John Zeller as Executive Director. This ministry continues to thrive under his leadership.
Ron passed away on June 16, 2014 at the age of 68. He is survived by wife, Pat Bishop, and two daughters; Robyn Herring, Rhonda Swaney, and five grandchildren,
Trey and Terri both grew up in Huntington, West Virginia. Trey has an undergrad degree from Marshall University and earned his masters’ degree at Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Terri has an undergrad degree from West Virginia State University in Charleston, West Virginia, and a graduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Their sending church is Lewis Memorial Baptist Church of Huntington, where Dr. David Lemming is the senior pastor. They have two sons, Evan and Carson.
Trey and Terri have been missionaries with SCORE since March 2001. After both being exposed to missions during their teenage years, they went on short-term trips with SCORE while in college. During those trips, God impressed upon their hearts the need for more Christians to take a stand and do more for Him in the field of missions. Trey and Terri have an intense burden to expose more people to this need for missions. Their vision is specifically to expose youth to the foreign mission field and let God impact their hearts and lives to become more involved.
Trey currently serves as the Vice President of Ministries. He works in the home office of SCORE where he helps groups and leaders to plan and organize their trips. The Baileys also travel to many conferences and seminars across the USA to represent SCORE.
Address: P.O. Box 9994, Chattanooga, TN 37412
Mickey and Kim are natives of the Huntington, West Virginia area where they have served the Lord in ministry since 1999. Mickey comes to SCORE with experience as an evangelist, motivational speaker, missionary trainer, fundraiser, and pastor. As a family, the Bane’s have dedicated much of their ministry motivating and training Christians into missionary service emphasizing that a missionary is, “any Christian who goes anywhere to tell anyone about the love of Jesus Christ.”
With over ten years of work experience in resource development and fundraising, Mickey currently serves as SCORE’s Development Officer providing ministry and stewardship to all of SCORE’s spiritual and financial partners.
Mickey and Kim have three children: Cheyenne, Nicholas, and Jayden.
David joined the SCORE staff after spending six years at the University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga working for four years as the Associate Head
Basketball Coach for the Mocs.
During his time at UTC, the program won three Southern Conference Divisional
Championships, two Southern Conference Tournament Championships, and
played twice in the NCAA Tournament.
David has been coaching at the collegiate level for more than twenty years. He is
a graduate of Furman University where he was a point guard and three year captain of the
David is joined in ministry by his wife Becky, a graduate of Mars Hill College.
Becky has spoken to women’s groups and led Bible studies throughout the southeast.
David and Becky have ministered to players, coaches, and coaches wives on
many different levels in the United States and Internationally. They have
been on mission trips to Brazil, Chile, and Peru. They recently spent time
in the Dominican Republic doing clinics and serving at local
“Becky and I are so excited to be involved with SCORE and the life
changing message they share. We look forward to the chance to introduce
young athletes and coaches to the blessings of short term mission trips,” said David.
David and Becky have two children: Andrew and FaithAnn.
Kelley joined the SCORE International team in May of 2011. She is responsible for all printed promotional material as well our website design and administration. She is a graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BFA in Graphic Design. Kelley has worked for Applause Toys, California Community Foundation, National Environmental Council, and has worked as a freelance designer for many years.
Kelley and her husband have been very active in their home church. Kelley has served in Children’s Ministries and most recently Women’s Ministries. Over the past three years, she has started a Women’s Ministries at her church and led Bible Studies.
A cancer survivor for 11 years, she has a heart for those suffering with cancer and sees the need to share the Gospel with those who are suffering.
Kelley has been married to Bo Ferger for over 23 years and has two grown children.
David has twenty four years of experience in accounting, finance and operations with seventeen of those years having been spent working with non-profit entities in the healthcare field. The last ten years, David has served in management roles of ministry related organizations.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, has an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a C.P.A.
Yvonne met her husband, Mike, in high school. They were married April 4, 1981. They have a son, BJ, a daughter, April who is married to Lee, and a wonderful grandson, Tripp.
Because of a move, Yvonne and Mike changed churches and became members of Calvary Baptist Church in Red Bank, TN in March of 1996. They continue to be faithful members and love being involved in their church where they teach Sunday School and sing in the choir.
After joining Calvary, Yvonne and Mike began attending Ron’s Sunday School class. Ron and Pat had just moved the ministry out of their home into an office. Pat asked Yvonne to pray about becoming Ron’s secretary part-time at the same time Yvonne had also been praying about a part-time job. God answered both prayers. Yvonne feels so blessed to be able to help facilitate the work of this ministry and loves hearing the reports of groups who have returned from the field.
Jill was born in New York and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. She has three beautiful daughters: Brooke, Blaire, and Blake. She is also the proud grandmother of 3 year old Brynn. In August 2010, Jill married the love of her life, Matt. Together, they vowed to spend their lives in continued service to the Lord. At an early age, Jill came to Christ. Having a strong desire and urging to follow Him, she has worked in the ministry for many years. The past 13 years were spent serving Christ as an administrator at a Christian school in Cape Coral, Florida. She also has been a part of various ministries in her church and community. During a vacation to Tennessee, Jill and Matt fell in love with the Chattanooga area and made a decision to relocate there in August of 2011. Out of work and not sure what she wanted to do, she stumbled upon a SCORE International sign on a building and remembered a mission trip she went on with her daughter in 2001 with SCORE. She decided that she was going to just check it out. But the Lord had other plans and she came on staff in September 2011 just one month after moving to Chattanooga. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:10-12.
Tim and Rhonda Swaney have been married since 10/3/98 and have three children Lex, Chloe, and Slade. Tim’s work history is in sales and marketing and in 2003 the Lord opened the door to serve with SCORE on a full-time basis. Tim now serves as the Vice President of Public Relations.
John has served on the Board of Directors of SCORE International for over 20 years under the direction of its founder, Ron Bishop. In February of 2011, John became the Executive Director for SCORE International and now travels all over the USA speaking at churches, sporting events, camps, and conferences. John also travels overseas on short term mission trips.
John served as the Minister through Recreation Outreach at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida from 1997 to 2007. Before that he served as the Athletic Director of Temple Heights Christian School, Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, and The Master’s College in Newhall, California, where he also served as the Head Baseball Coach.
John is currently the chaplain for the Tampa Yankees and ST Leo University Baseball Team. He has impacted the lives of many athletes through sports outreach, but even with his accomplishments and commitments, he asserts his family as his top priority. John resides in Florida with his wife Katie. He has two sons, Chad and Chip.
1975-1981 – Northside Christian Academy, Head baseball/Soccer.
1981-1985 – Tennessee Temple University, Head Baseball Coach.
1985-1988 – The Masters College, AD/Head Baseball Coach.
1988-1994 – Northside Christian Academy/ Church Staff, Head baseball/Soccer.
1994-1997 – Temple Heights Baptist Church/School, AD/Head Baseball Coach.
1997-2007- Idlewild Baptist Church, Recreation Pastor.
2007- Present -SCORE International, Executive Director.