Chairman- David Hulley
David’s first visit to Russia was in 1996, as a member of a team visiting a summer camp. The next year he began making winter visits to children’s homes. In 2000-2001 Dave and his wife Anne, already parents of five children, adopted two Russian teenage girls.
Dave served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the St. Petersburg Cultural Exchange and Charity Foundation, otherwise known as “MIR”. From 2000-2002 he served on the Board of Directors of Mission Global Outreach. In addition to his work with Stoneworks, Dave serves on the Board of Directors of the Erasmus Institute, and serves as advisor to the Marigold Fund.
He is a member of a local church, where he has served as an elder. His wife, Anne, is an artist, and together they practice the ministry of hospitality at their home.
Executive Director- Michael Cantrell
In January of 2000 Mike made his first trip to Russia on a short-term trip to serve orphans. During that short stay the Lord put a love of Russia in his heart. God led Mike to Russia in November of that year to help establish and direct what is now MIR. In early 2001 the Lord bought a co-worker named Olga into his life and they were married the following November. Olga is a talented translator and gifted administrator. Mike and Olga have their home in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mike’s primary call is to help others do what they are called to do. As Executive Director, he helps people fulfill their call to minister in Belarus, Russia, Montenegro and Estonia. He is a founding board member of Stoneworks International and past board member of Mission Global Outreach. He is an ordained minister from Red River Church in Austin, Texas.
Mike has written two books for families and recorded two albums of instrumental music (guitar and hammered dulcimer), and Olga has translated ‘Passion and Purity’ by Elisabeth Elliot, which was published by Shandal publishers in St. Petersburg.
Please visit his personal website learn more about Mike’s life and work.
Administrator- Mary Jean Preece
Mary Jean is the daughter of a Methodist minister and grew up in the north Georgia area. She holds a degree in Risk Management from the University of Georgia and has worked in the insurance industry. Mary Jean became the Stoneworks Administrator in October, 2008.
She and her husband John, an architect, have been happily married for twenty-three years. They have two children: Anna, who is 15, and Jake, who is 8. They are members of Cannon United Methodist Church and have lived in Snellville, GA for twelve years.
Mary Jean’s hobbies and interests include music, astronomy, and real estate.
You can read more of her story here.
Elizabeth Hulley Sukhovskaya — Russia
In October, 2004, Elizabeth Hulley became our first full time field worker. Elizabeth, a college graduate majoring in Russian Studies, has ministered in a summer camp near St. Petersburg for many years. During her college years she participated in a discipleship training program, where she eventually became a student leader. Her unique preparation in terms of training, Russian language proficiency, and experience in camp ministry make her ideally suited to work in Russia. She married Andrei Sukhovsky in 2011. You can read her excellent blog here.
From Elizabeth: Although St. Petersburg has a growing body of believers and many Christian resources available, young believers emerging from a summertime encounter with Christ can have a hard time continuing in their growth. Obstacles include a non-believing family, lack of knowledge about resources available to them, as well as a lack of fellowship and encouragement from other believers.
I am excited to be St. Petersburg, reconnecting with summer camp friends through additional discipleship and evangelistic relationships.