Meet our Kentucky Team


  Mark MacDonald, President

Mark MacDonald is a native of Lexington, Kentucky.  Mark received his juris doctorate (JD) from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1979.  He is also a certified public accountant (CPA).  Mark is a partner in the regional law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, where he specializes in estate and charitable gift planning.  He has actively served a number of Christian organizations, often in the role of Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. Mark is the cofounder of National Christian Foundation Kentucky and currently serves (in a volunteer capacity) as its President.  

Mark and his wife Marian have been married for over 30 years and have two daughters. Together, they seek to follow God’s calling to give of themselves and the resources God has entrusted to them.

Email Mark

Direct Line: (859) 288-7671

  Ken Thompson, Vice President

Ken Thompson grew up in Louisville, KY.  Ken received his Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Louisville Speed Scientific School in 1990.  He has served as an Advancement Officer with Asbury Theological Seminary, Director of Development with Heritage Christian School - Indianapolis and Vice President with the Christian Stewardship Association.  Ken helps Christian families like yours to identify and enact giving strategies which enable you to simplify your stewardship, multiply your generosity, and maximize your impact so you can effectively accomplish the good works God has put in your heart to do. 

Ken lives in Wilmore, Ky with his wife Renae and their 3 children. You can frequently find Ken serving generous givers in Louisville, Northern Ky and the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth.  You are invited to give Ken a call to discover how National Christian Foundation Kentucky can help you to accomplish whatever God is calling you to do to build the Kingdom with the resources He has entrusted to your stewardship!
Email Ken
Direct Line: (859) 684-5808
  Anna Bates, Vice President

Anna joined NCF in August 2014 as the primary Relationship Manager serving in Louisville, Kentucky. Anna felt called by the Holy Spirit to NCF where she can use her experience and spiritual gifts to serve givers in their journey of generosity, maximizing their impact to the Kingdom endeavors about which they are most passionate. After college she spent her early career in securities and corporate financial and strategic planning, then took a leave from the business world to be the COO of the Bates family. Later as an entrepreneur and marketing consultant the Lord led Anna to the mission field where He broke her heart for the things that break His heart. She spent the past five years as the chief fundraising and major gift officer for an international missions organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

Anna is very active in her church, Southeast Christian Church, and as a volunteer in her community. She and her husband of thirty years, Brian, are blessed with two young adult children and their dog Mac.

Email Anna

Direct Line: (502) 417-6962

  Shannon Simonds, Director of Giver Services 

A native of the Bluegrass state, Shannon graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. After college, Shannon moved to South Carolina and served as a Business Development Coordinator for a staffing firm. After almost 4 years in South Carolina, she and her husband, Andy, relocated back to Kentucky. 

Shannon is now the Director of Giver Services with National Christian Foundation Kentucky. Her responsibilities include serving givers, planning events and handling the day-to-day operations of the organization.   

Email Shannon

Direct Line: (859) 327-6941

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