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 twelve 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 counseling, and addiction education. Cynthia holds a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Cynthia is pursuing a post-Master’s certification in trauma counseling.

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 struggling with addiction find freedom and discover their true identity and worth in Christ.


Jennifer Hicks, BA, Assistant Director

Jennifer was born in Rochester, NY and grew up in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Jennifer has 7 year old Shih Tzu named Ellie.

After years of substance abuse, Jennifer came to Providence Women’s Recovery to begin her journey through the program in 2017. After completing the 90-day program, Jennifer decided to stay at Providence in the transitional living program and served as transition leader. Jennifer became an employee of Providence Ministries in 2018 and now calls Dalton, GA her home.

Jennifer connected with the community by becoming involved in a 12-Step program. She soon realized that her life was just beginning and wanted her experience of overcoming addiction to serve the purpose of helping others. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Services at Belhaven University, and is pursuing a Master of Science in Social Work with a specialty in Mental Health.

Jennifer’s favorite verse is 2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. Jennifer feels this verse represents the new beginning she found in Christ and in recovery.


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.