Meet Our Team of Addiction Professionals for Women
Cynthia Barton, MS, Director
Cynthia is a native of the Dalton area and has been working in the field of addiction for over fourteen years.
Prior to becoming a staff member at Providence, she worked at Action Ministries in Atlanta, GA; Carter Hope Center in Dalton, GA; and Penfield Addiction Ministries in Lavonia, GA.
Cynthia has an extensive background in group facilitation, relapse prevention, crisis intervention, individual and trauma counseling, and addiction education. Cynthia holds a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling, a Post-Graduate Master of Science in Trauma Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Cynthia has two sons, a granddaughter, and a Morkie named Pancake. She enjoys creating mosaics, drawing, crocheting, and reading. Cynthia is a college football fan and is devoted to the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
Being in recovery for several years, Cynthia feels a calling on her life to share her experience in active addiction and the healing found in recovery. She has a passion to help other women who have experienced trauma and who struggle with addiction find freedom and discover their true identity and worth in Christ. Her life verse is Psalm 66:16.
Misty Luffman, Intake Coordinator
Misty holds the position as Intake Coordinator for Providence Women’s Recovery. She served as a house parent to the ladies in treatment prior to moving into her present role.
Misty was born and raised in the Dalton, GA area and is a graduate of Southeast High School. Misty enjoys spending time with her family friends and her dog, Stella. She loves sports, especially football and baseball. She is a dedicated fan of the Atlanta Falcons, Braves, and University of Georgia Bulldogs.
Misty values kindness, humility, accountability, courage, and love. Her favorite quote is by Michelle Obama, “Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”
Melanie Hale, Transitional Residential Manager
Melanie has worked with Providence Women’s Recovery for two years as a Servant Leader and Residential Manager. She finds purpose in walking the road of recovery with ladies battling addiction.
Melanie was born and raised in the Ringgold, GA area. She is the mother of two children and values spending time with them. Melanie also enjoys road trips, reading and fishing.
Melanie has an educational background in nursing and was an Ambassador to the CAPS program mentoring high risk youth. She is an active member in the 12-step community and believes her journey in recovery is personified by surrendering to God and striving for continued growth. Melanie’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11.
Jillian Padgett, Residential Manager
Jillian is a native of the northwest Georgia area and attended Dalton State College. Jillian is an alumni of Providence Women’s Recovery and presently holds the position of Residential Manager.
Jillian has one son. She is a University of Auburn fan and a committed Atlanta Braves follower. She also enjoys fishing with her son and loves reading. Jillian is an active member of the Celebrate Recovery community.
Jillian feels her calling is to share her recovery experiences with other women seeking sobriety and healing. She enjoys leading Bible study groups and her favorite Bible passage is Matthew 10:29-31.
Reverend Roy (CAC I) & Pat Johnson
Our Master's Camp Founder and CEO of Providence Ministries Rev. Roy & Pat Johnson have over 25 years of experience in Christian ministry. They established a pro-life pregnancy center in 1985 that has served over 20,000 girls and women.
They opened a shelter for homeless men in 1985 in Dalton, Georgia, which later developed into a drug and alcohol recovery program for those with substance abuse issues. A second men’s shelter has also been opened in Calhoun, Georgia. Additionally, they have opened two boys’ homes, licensed with the State of Georgia, that work with children assigned by the Department of Family and Children Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The ministry now has three thrift stores located in Dalton, Calhoun, and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The ministry’s headquarters is located in a working mission in Dalton, Georgia.
Our Master’s Camp as well as the Providence Women’s Recovery program are the newest additions to the ministry, providing addiction recovery programs on beautiful and private rural farms.
Brother Roy & Ms. Pat have three children and five grandchildren.