Mark 9:35

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

The board of Directors:

David Peters

President/Chair of the Board

I was born in a small town in West Virginia, where I lived until the age of 5, when my family relocated to Northern Virginia.  This is where I met and married my wife Karen.  I began working construction right out of high school at the age of 17.  By the age of 24 I owned and operated my own class “A” general contracting company.  My wife and I moved to Texas in December of 1992 with our 3 children.  I continued in my chosen vocation until semi-retiring in August 2007.  This allowed me more time to spend with my family as well as be more involved with the church.  In March 2010 I took a part time position with USPS, and continued there for 5 years.  In April 2015 I accepted a position as Vocational Instructor/Community Service Coordinator Supervisor for Smith County Juvenile Services where I have the opportunity to share my knowledge in construction, and oversee the auto mechanics, welding, and horticulture department, making a difference in the lives of our youth. 

I have been blessed by God in so many ways.  He has provided a wife, children, grandchildren, as well as brothers and sisters in Christ.  He affords me the privilege to serve others.  I will continue to strive to find God’s grace and blessings in all He provides for me.  It is with this servant’s heart that I have come to start Sheltering Arms Coalition. 


Sidney Riley

Vice Chair

I am a native of east Texas having been born in Henderson.  I married my high school sweetheart Dolly and we have 2 grown children and 4 beautiful granddaughters.  After attending the University of Oklahoma where I majored in Business Administration, I served for 28 years in the US Army Field Artillery.  I commanded at the Battery and Battalion level achieving the rank of Colonel.  Since retiring for the Army, I have served as a financial advisor for an independent national financial company and have most recently served the citizens of Cherokee County as the Emergency Management Coordinator, Director of Human Resources and as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Branch Manager for the Cherokee County Department of Public Health.

I dedicated my life to Christ and to serving others.  I serve with groups whose aim is to help others wherever they are in life.  I want to continue to work with others by becoming a part of Sheltering Arms Coalition to end homelessness for our veterans and those needing a friend in our community.


Christopher Bankhead

Vice President

I was born in Uniontown, PA.  My family would later relocate to Missouri and eventually settle in Texas in 1988.  I attended school at a few different school districts, before we settled into Whitehouse, where I would eventually graduate in 1996.  After high school, I attended Tyler Junior College where I pursued a degree in Computer Science.  My wife Amanda and I were married in 2012, and I have three beautiful daughters: Taylor, Kayte, and Emmalyn.

I have spent the last 18 years in the solid waste industry in a variety of positions from driver to Operations Manager.  I am currently an Operations Supervisor for Waste Connections, Inc out of Palestine, Texas.  Through the years of working in the solid waste industry, I have seen numerous people in need and homeless on our streets living in alleys, eating out of trash cans, sleeping in dumpsters and dumpster enclosures, just to stay warm.  It wasn’t until recently, that I have really felt the call to help.  So here I am, passionate and ready, to take on the fight to lift the homeless off the streets and empower them to succeed.