Love Africa Board of Directors


NATHAN SMITH - Chief Executive Officer

As the founder and President of Love Africa Mission, Nathan is passionate about life change for students serving on teams year after year in Africa. As an international speaker, he has been preaching the Gospel for decades all over the world, partnering with ministries like Compassion International, YWAM, Youth For Christ, Young Life, FCA, Africa Inland Mission, and countless churches. Nathan led his first team to Kenya in 2007, where he spoke at Rift Valley Academy and CURE Hospital. Since that time, Nathan has recruited, equipped, and sent hundreds of people on student and adult teams to East Africa because he knows that Jesus will break their hearts for the nations just as his heart was broken.

Nathan’s passion and love for people translates throughout all of his ministries as he points everyone he meets to Jesus. If you close your eyes while he speaks in his African accent you might mistake him for a native.


HARLAN HEDRICK - Board Treasurer

Harlan Hendrick joined the board for Love Africa in early 2019. He is a chemical engineer by training though now semi-retired. His wife of over 35 years, Sallie, is also a retired chemist, and together they have three grown sons who live with their families (including two granddaughters) in Denver, Atlanta and Seattle. Their middle son Taylor led teams to Kenya during his college years at Clemson University.



In his early 20’s, Preston LeDoux served as one of our original Core Team members in Kenya. He and his wife, Perla, both share a deep passion for global missions. Preston brings a wealth of experience to our team as a council member in his home church. He is also the treasurer at Psalm 128 Missions, serving impoverished families in Nicaragua, and is a Senior Right of Way Agent. He, along with his family, reside in Charlotte, NC.



John Stockstill has served as a board member for Love Africa Mission since the fall of 2017.  He serves as a chaplain with the United States Navy, working primarily with our special forces. His wife Shauna is a local artist in Laurel Mississippi where they live with their boys Dylan and Micah, and their daughter Lily.


JOSH MOSS - Secretary

Josh Moss has served as a board member for Love Africa Mission since fall of 2018. He is currently the children and student pastor at Living Water Baptist Church in Longs, SC. His wife Monica, and their three children: Ashton, Addison, and Hudson reside in Longs community just outside of North Myrtle Beach!


BRENT WELLINGS - Advisory Board Member

Brent traveled with to Kenya in the winter of 2017 for the first time. His life was changed during his time there and he has had a burning desire for missions since then. The Lord has continued to develop his heart for missions, especially concerning un-reached people groups. In the winter of 2019, Brent joined the Board of Directors as an Advisory Board Member for Love Africa. He is especially focused on development and operations for Love Africa. Brent is a native of West Virginia but lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma now (Go Pokes). He is in the real estate and land auctioneering business and loves everything outdoors!