A Legacy Fund is a named fund that is part of the Children’s Homes’ endowment.

You can set up a Legacy Fund in your family’s name. You can also set up a Legacy Fund in the name of your business or other entity.

You can contribute to your fund periodically and watch it grow over time. All the while you will know that your fund will be generating much needed support for our care of abused, neglected and orphaned children.

Actually, planning your estate can be a wonderful process where you have an opportunity to reflect upon God’s blessings in your life … your family, the possessions that God has allowed you to manage, and your faith. In order to assist you in this process, we have provided some “layman friendly” estate planning information that can enable you to protect your family as well as be a wise steward of the assets that God has entrusted to you to use for His glory while you are here on earth.

Make a Legacy Fund donation to honor someone special.

Gifts to your Legacy Fund are a great way to honor someone special or to mark the memory of a special occasion.For example, you can make a gift to honor the memory of a loved one who has passed away or honor a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday or holiday.

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A Legacy Fund remains over time.

A Legacy Fund is permanently fixed to the Children’s Homes’ endowment fund, which means that your Legacy Fund also continues into perpetuity.

This makes it a great way to involve your children and other family members to make a difference for abused, neglected and orphaned children.

How does the Children’s Homes’ endowment work?

The Children’s Homes’ endowment funds are invested conservatively and allocated diversely among a variety of investment vehicles designed to preserve capital and at the same time generate earnings for the Children’s Homes’ ministry.

Funds are appropriated from the endowment and its earnings on an annual basis to provide for the needs of abused, neglected and orphaned children.

The appropriation is based upon a fixed percent as approved by the Board of Trustees’ Investment Policy, which is designed to preserve the endowment in perpetuity.

What amount is needed to start a Legacy Fund?

You can start a Legacy Fund with a minimum commitment of $10,000. If you are like many individuals this may sound like a daunting amount.

However, the commitment may be spread out over a three year period. For example, a $10,000 endowment can be fully funded with a monthly gift of $277 over a three year period.

Our Staff

Jerry T. Haag, Ph.D., CFP

President/CEO

Dr. Jerry Haag serves as president and CEO of One More Child. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in finance from Baylor University and earned a Ph.D. in finance and real estate in 1995 from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also has corporate work experience with AT&T and is a Certified Financial Planner.

From 2000-2007, Dr. Haag served as president and CEO of the South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville.

In 2007, Dr. Haag joined the staff at One More Child as the ninth president in the organization’s rich history, which dates back to 1904. During his tenure as president, he has guided the expansion of ministry sites from nine locations in Florida to more than 50 locations domestically and internationally. He launched an anti-trafficking ministry focused on preventing child sex trafficking and restoring victims, and established numerous partnerships with churches and nonprofit organizations.

Under Dr. Haag’s leadership, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child has increased from serving 3,351 children and individuals in 2007 to impacting 200,524 in 2017.

In 2018, Dr. Haag was awarded the 2018 George W. Truett Distinguished Service Award by the Baylor Line Foundation and was honored at its Hall of Fame Gala for his exceptional leadership in meeting the needs of children around the world. The Baylor Alumni Association named him an Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2005.

Dr. Haag has been appointed and reappointed since 2013 by both Gov. Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council. As an advisor in child welfare protocols and innovations, Dr. Haag participates in on-going White House roundtable discussions, and he joined voices with leaders across the nation during the U.S. Department of Justice Human Trafficking Summit. Dr. Haag serves as a Board of Director for the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), as well as for Hines Ugandan Ministry.

Dr. Haag had the pleasure of being selected to participate in a distinguished seminar on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, sponsored by the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University. Participants were leaders from around the world who work in academia, government, religious institutions, media and nongovernmental organizations. The seminar focused on how beliefs, values and lifestyles affect economic and political developments worldwide, with special attention paid to the role of religion in world affairs.

Dr. Haag has led and participated in humanitarian aid, emergency relief, childcare and ministry to children and families in countries around the world. He has preached in churches throughout the nation, and he and his wife, Christi, also enjoy speaking together.

Additionally, he has authored, presented and published academic articles relating to his business expertise and has been honored several times for his business, professional and civic achievements.

He was named Baylor University’s Vice President for University Development in 2011, where he served before returning as President of One More Child.

Dr. Haag lives with his wife in Lakeland, FL. Christi is a well-known speaker with “Women of Purpose Speak.” Their eldest son, Ben, lives and works in Dallas, TX, and their youngest son, Brady, attends Baylor University. Dr. Haag and Christi are members of Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Do you need a brief bio for Dr. Haag for an upcoming speaking or preaching engagement he is participating in? We have you covered — find it here.
Contact Jerry

Phone: 863.687.8811

Averitt Ennis

Vice President of Development

As Vice President of Development at One More Child (OMC), Averitt serves as the chief fundraising strategist to help meet the needs of children and families throughout Florida and the developing world through philanthropy. His passion is to ensure our organizations remain fiscally strong and continue to meet our goal of always helping one more child.

A graduate from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in medical record administration and a master’s degree in health sciences, Averitt has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership.

Prior to joining OMC, Averitt was employed by Orlando Health where he was Vice President within their Foundation and provided oversight for the capital campaign, annual fund program, donor relationships and policy development. He is noted for his visionary, effective and results-driven leadership. Averitt was instrumental in the development of the Orlando Health Foundation’s vision and mission, and he is a known mentor in philanthropy throughout the Southeast.

Averitt is a graduate of the Fund Raising School of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University where he received a certificate in fundraising management. Prior to taking on the Vice President role at the Orlando Health Foundation, he served as the Capital Campaign Director and the Development Director.

Averitt is a member at First Baptist Church Windermere. He and his wife, Renee, have three daughters: Whitney, Kristen and Sarah.

Averitt believes his role at OMC is a unique way to love and serve those in the most vulnerable positions and to be the hands and feet of Christ.

To contact Averitt Ennis:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815

Contact Averitt

Phone: 863.687.8811

Pam Fuller

Director of Development for Central Florida

Pam Fuller serves as Director Development for Central Florida. She is responsible for cultivating donor relationships and leading Women of Compassion, a world-changing giving society of women who are passionate about helping innocent children in need. Adopted as an infant through a children’s home in another state, Pam has enthusiastically supported the mission of One More Child for many years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Florida and spent the first 24+ years of her professional career working for elected officials at the state and federal levels. Pam is honored by the God-sized opportunity to help One More Child provide hope and security to children in need.

Pam and her husband Michael have been married for 22 years. They attend Church at the Mall in Lakeland where she teaches a Kindergarten Connect Group. Pam is also a published author, a cancer survivor and proud mother of her son, Alec. She enjoys college football, expanding her circle of friends and spoiling her Labrador, Noel.

To contact Pam Fuller:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815

Contact Pam

Phone: 863.687.8811

Caleb Garrett

Director of Development for North Florida

Caleb Garrett serves as the Director of Development for North Florida. He is responsible for cultivating and stewarding donor relationships for the purpose of supporting One More Child. Caleb is passionate about seeing people collaborate in seeking the welfare of their communities.

Caleb is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry and a Master of Divinity. Prior to joining One More Child, he was an English teacher with Duval County Public Schools and served as the worship pastor in a local church.

He and his wife, Kellie, are active members in Shindler Drive Baptist Church where they serve in the worship ministry. In his free time, Caleb enjoys watching movies, cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars and spending time with his son, Brody.

Contact Caleb

Phone: 904.402.8582

Erica Hall

Director of Major Gifts for Central and East Florida

Erica Hall serves as the Director of Major Gifts for Central and East Florida. She is responsible for the cultivation of partnerships through donor relations, fundraising events, sponsorships and speaking engagements to enhance the impact of One More Child.

Erica also serves as the staff coordinator for the One More Child Celebration Ball – an annual event fundraiser to benefit the ministries of FBCH and One More Child.

Erica is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and leadership development and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in non-profit and community development. Prior to joining the Children’s Homes, Erica served as the Grassroots and Coalitions Coordinator for a statewide political campaign and, most recently, served as the Education Liaison for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

She and her husband Jarrett are active members of First Baptist Church Plant City where they serve as college small group leaders and are involved in new member outreach. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, canning and traveling.

Contact Erica

Phone: 863.687.8811

Emily Petrilli

Director of Major Gifts for Southwest Florida

Emily Petrilli serves as the Director of Major Gifts for Southwest Florida at One More Child. She works with donors to develop and steward philanthropic support for One More Child. She helps tell the story of how our organizations are sharing the love of Jesus through providing for children and families in need. Emily is passionate about connecting people with opportunities to help meet the needs of “one more child.”

Prior to joining OMC, Emily worked with youth as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in agricultural and extension education from the Pennsylvania State University.

Emily and her husband, John, are active members of Grace Baptist Church of New Tampa, where she enjoys encouraging women to study the Bible so that they can learn more about our great God. In her spare time you can find Emily playing board games with her husband, tending to her vegetable garden, reading, or learning a new hobby.

To contact Emily Petrilli:
1015 Sikes Blvd.
Lakeland, FL  33815

Contact Emily

Phone: 863.687.8811 ext. 2235

Rebecca Rothman

Director of Development

Rebecca Rothman serves as the Director of Development for One More Child. She is responsible for the statewide strategic direction and management of fundraising initiatives essential to developing, expanding and stewarding annual fund support for One More Child. Rebecca also manages all foundation proposals and mail appeals.

Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She went on to receive her master’s in business administration from Saint Leo University. Prior to joining the staff at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Rebecca was an accountant at Raulerson & Co., where she was responsible for client communications as well as nonprofit tax issues and audits. She also created, developed and led the homeless ministry at Plant City’s First Baptist Church from 2012-2014.

As an adopted child herself, Rebecca has a passion for giving hope and worth to hurting children through the life-changing love of Christ.

Rebecca and her husband, Mark, have been married for nine years and reside in Plant City. They have three children, Layla, Rex and Jacob. In her spare time she enjoys competitive running. She is an active member at Plant City’s First Baptist Church as a youth leader, deacon’s wife and homeless ministry volunteer.

To contact Rebecca Rothman:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815

Contact Rebecca

Phone: 863.687.8811

Heather York

Director of Development

Heather York serves as the Director of Development for FBCH and One More Child in the Florida Panhandle. She is responsible for cultivating and stewarding donor relationships on behalf of One More Child. She is eager to see what God has planned for the ministry to make an immediate impact and eternal difference in the lives of children locally and globally.

Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Auburn University. She spent the first 15+ years of her professional career working on water quality protection and restoration projects at the state and federal levels. In 2017, she received her calling to serve children in need as a residential case manager on the FBCH / One More Child campus in Tallahassee prior to joining the development team in 2018.

Heather and her husband, Bobby, have been married since 2012 and reside in Tallahassee.  Together they have four children, Tanner, Gage, Brandon, and Jamie, and a four-legged friend named Boone. When she is not attending her children’s soccer events, Heather can be found running trails or camping in the mountains.  She is a member of Celebration Baptist Church.

To contact Heather York:
8415 Buck Lake Road
Tallahassee, FL 32317

Contact Heather

Phone: 850.878.1458