Born and raised in Michigan, but have spent the past 20 + years in Georgia with 16 of those in Blue Ridge so this has been Home for a long time!
Prior to founding First Fruits, I worked as a Hand Therapist specializing in traumatic injuries for 25 years and raising three children. Upon retiring, I began volunteering with a Food Ministry that served North Georgia. God immediately placed on my heart a love for the people that we were serving in East Polk, Tn and Fannin County, Ga.
God put a calling on my life 5 years ago to further serve those communities. This led to the establishment of First Fruits in 2019. Our desire is to be different. This includes a focus on developing relationships, being consistent, being present in the communities, and to be an organization that earns the trust of and serves those in need.
Our Ministry is mobile and includes a commercial food trailer. We take pride in not only providing hot meals, non-perishables, fresh fruits / vegetables, and other necessities while we serve in the name of Jesus. This includes serving in other capacities such as transportation to appointments, and even finding solutions and fixes as needs are identified. We strive to not only meet basic need, but also to bring a message of Hope to all we engage with.
When not serving I enjoy spending time with my husband of 37 years, our 3 children, 2 labradoodles, our amazing group of First Fruits volunteers, and especially our 3 grandchildren (soon to be 4!). Hiking, boating, college football, and traveling are some of my favorite past-times.
Reverend Scott Phillips is a Georgia native, born in Atlanta.
He joined the First Fruits staff in October, 2021.
Scott is a graduate of Covington Theological Seminary, is a USAF Veteran, and lives in Jasper, Georgia. Scott and his wife, have three daughters and nine grandchildren.
When not serving with First Fruits, Scott enjoys flying, watching college football, and spending time at his home in the mountains.
Rev. Scott Phillips
Dave Ricker is the Volunteer coordinator and mission dispatch manager for First Fruits.
He graduated from the US Air Force Academy as a fighter pilot.
Dave’s professional career spanned 20 yrs in transportation operations management, warehousing, and logistics. He was Director of first 5 out of 7 UPS Logistics operations.
Dave has completed five overseas mission trips in Haiti & Guatemala. Currently, he supports overseas education missions in El Salvador & Haiti.
He has been on the First Fruits team since March 2020.
After spending three plus decades in sales at Kraft Foods, Stewart Conner retired. An opportunity presented itself to help start Hope Street, a faith-based organization in the Sulphur Springs area of Tampa, Florida. Hope Street provides Christ centered programs and services. One of its cornerstone programs is mentoring juvenile boys and girls.
After being a part of the Tampa community for over thirty years, Stewart and his family moved to Blue Ridge, Georgia. First Fruits founder, Gina Huff, made him aware of the organization. Subsequently he volunteered for several First Fruit events.
Stewart is now a member of the leadership team as First Fruits expands its reach in Fannin County and beyond.
Stewart and his wife have three adult children and a granddaughter. He has served on several boards over the years, and loves the Lord, his family, and others. In his spare time Stewart and his wife like to travel. He also enjoys golf.