Steve and Courtney have lived in the Tulsa area for 15 years. Steve is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He spent 18 years in youth ministry—including 13 years as Pastor to Students at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Baptist Church—before transitioning into a real estate career. His passion for the people of Ghana was sparked several years ago, when he began leading youth mission trips to the region. Steve serves as The Pearl House CFO.
Courtney is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. She has been involved in ministry to teenage girls since 2001 and is the founder of I.D. Ministries, which focuses on reaching and empowering teenage girls with the message of Christ’s love. In 2011, she felt God calling her to build a home for girls in Ghana, Africa. Together, she and Steve began working to establish The Pearl House. Courtney is a public speaker and co-author of the book, “The Same Page.” Courtney serves as The Pearl House Executive Director and CEO.
In addition to the many girls in Ghana, Steve and Courtney love and adore their two precious daughters at home in Oklahoma.
Courtney Garland lives at The Pearl House in Ghana, where she manages all on-site efforts and leads the staff in caring for the girls. She is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Lipscomb University. Before moving to Africa, Courtney spent 12 years in youth ministry in Memphis. She began traveling to Ghana on short-term mission trips in 2003 and immediately felt a strong connection to the area and its people.
After years of praying for opportunities to serve in Africa, Courtney began tutoring African refugees through the REP program in Memphis. It was there that she unexpectedly met Steve Bullard, whose youth group stopped to tutor and play with the refugee children while traveling on a mission trip. The two discussed their love of Ghana and the Bullards’ vision for The Pearl House. That conversation was the first of many, and it became clear that Courtney was meant to help make The Pearl House a reality.
Courtney has been a valuable part of The Pearl House staff since its beginning. Courtney serves as The Pearl House COO and President.
Administrator, The Pearl House Academy
Born in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Abotsi was raised at The Village of Hope in Gomoa Fetteh. He attended Senior High School in Cape Coast and continued his education at Valley View University in Accra and received his degree in Business Management. With five years of work experience, including one-year of National Service at a Senior High School, Abotsi accepted the position as Administrator of The Pearl House Academy. As Administrator, Abotsi coordinates the activities of The Pearl House Academy teachers, manages the daily activities of the school, and teaches Information Communication Technology and Physical Education.
Millicent was born and raised in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. She later attended Senior High School in Swedru, and finished her education at The School of Social Work in Accra. Millicent began her career as a Social Worker in August 2012. In 2016, she began working for The Pearl House after learning about our organization from another NGO in Ghana. Her responsibilities include working with the Department of Social Welfare on behalf of The Pearl House, caring for our girls, monitoring their emotional health and overseeing the intake process for new Pearls entering our program.
Millicent, also known as ‘Mama Millicent,’ is married and has one daughter, Akyedea, who is well loved and looked after by the Pearls.
Known as ‘Mama Vic, Victoria began working as the House Administrator at The Pearl House in November 2016. Victoria was born and raised in Winneba, moved to Tema for secondary school, and finally settled in Accra after she married. Vic was introduced to The Pearl House through Reverend Grace, director at the Ghana Baptist Vocational Center and one of our NGO Board Members. As House Administrator, Vic manages the staff, daily events, and ensures our Pearls experience excellent care. Victoria and her husband have two sons, Manasseh and Marvin.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clara served The Pearl House from the very beginning and was witness to the first chapter of The Pearl House story. She visited Ghana many times as a teenager and worked as our first intern in 2013.
After her internship, Clara attended Oklahoma State University where she received a degree in Nutritional Science with a minor in International Studies. Once Clara graduated, she accepted a position with The Pearl House and moved to Ghana to teach at The Pearl House Academy, as a Science and Creative Arts teacher. She has since transitioned to the Programs Coordinator at The Pearl House.
Born and raised in Texas, Lexi moved to Tulsa in 2012 with her husband and daughter, Isabella. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a BA in Finance, Lexi began a career in commercial real estate finance. After 5 years as a CMBS lender, she resigned from her position as Vice President at Column Financial to stay at home and care for her daughter. Since that time, Lexi has served the Lord through caring for her family, acting as a preschool educator for six years, volunteering at her church, and serving on The Pearl House Board of Directors. She has a passion for children and youth, which extends beyond her family and church to Ghana, Africa. Lexi is excited to serve as Development Coordinator of The Pearl House in order to further God’s kingdom through his work in Africa.
Director of Operations
Kathy manages the daily operational needs of The Pearl House as the team’s office manager. After joining Courtney Bullard on her first trip to Ghana, Kathy embraced the vision for The Pearl House and began supporting the Bullards’ work. In January 2015, she officially joined The Pearl House staff.
Kathy has been a valuable member of the Bullards’ ministry teams for years, previously at I.D. Ministries and Southern Hills Baptist Church. In addition to student ministry, she brings experience in both finance and property management. She is a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and lives there today with her husband and two children.
Victoria Amoah, Caregiver
Belinda Asante, Caregiver
Millicent Amoah, Social Worker/Caregiver
Paula Tenganabang, Account Officer
Israel Elijah and Isaac Mensah, Security Guards
Kenneth Kofi Attomboh, Driver
Mr. Amos Asuma-Karikari
Reverend Dr. Edward Enim
Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu
Reverend Grace Akunor
Reverend Paula Tenganabang
Laura Stuemky, M.D
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