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Page Title: Our Team

Courtney Bullard

Executive Director / Co-Founder

Steve Bullard

CFO / Co-Founder

Steve and Courtney Bullard 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.

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.

Steve and Courtney are the proud parents of 2 daughters 22 Pearls—24 total!.

Courtney Garland

Co-Founder, CEO – International Operations

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.

In May 2013, years of praying, waiting and planning came together as Courtney became the CEO—and first official resident—of The Pearl House.

Staff – Ghana

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

Board of Directors – Ghana

Mr. Amos Asuma-Karikari
Reverend Dr. Edward Enim
Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu
Reverend Grace Akunor
Reverend Paula Tenganabang
Courtney Garland
Steve Bullard

Staff – Tulsa

Kathy Hitchcock, Office Manager

Board of Directors – Tulsa

Gene Phillips
Jeff Couch
Alicia Crawley
Robert Meade
Alisa Wilburn
Lexi Droemer
Gwen Jones
Tyler Smith
Claudia Walthall

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