Jeremy and Raelenna Ferguson, Founders
Jeremy and Raelenna Ferguson are proud to call Cape Girardeau Missouri home where they are raising their family and growing roots together since 2003. Jeremy grew up in western Illinois and, after graduating from the University of Missouri, moved to Cape Girardeau. He manages the daily operations of Executive Property Management — the Fergusons’ local real estate management firm. Raelenna was born and raised in the Southeast Missouri area, growing up in Scott County and moved to Cape Girardeau when she and Jeremy married. She is a full time real estate agent with Realty Executives and has been in the business since 2003. Jeremy and Raelenna have 5 children, 3 girls & 2 boys, with 18 years in between the youngest and the oldest. When they are not at sporting events with their boys or dance class with their girls they are usually planning their next family adventure.
Pastor Byron Bonner, Board Member
Pastor Byron Bonner brings a rich perspective on life and can honestly say he has seen it all. Raised by a single mother who had dreams of him becoming a minister, he grew up in the church but after leaving the house got trapped in the hard life of living on the streets in Sikeston, Missouri. It was during this time that he hit his lowest points and found himself in situations where he was looking down the barrel of a gun. But God called him out of that life to become a force for good. You could say his life experience allows him to meet anyone where they are at and understand what they are going through. His passion now is to mentor and disciple anyone that God puts in his path. Fulfilling the dreams his mother, Pastor Bonner entered full time ministry in October 2007 founding True Vine Ministries in a small building on S. Sprigg street in Cape Girardeau. God blessed and gave increase very quickly moving the ministry to a larger church building in 2009. Pastor Bonner has been propelled back into the streets but this time to offer the love of God through Jesus Christ leading street ministries that are impacting the community. He is also involved in ministry at hospitals, nursing homes and has faithfully poured seventeen years into prison ministry. He was recently honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for his dedication to the community and continually strives to see where God can use him to make a difference in Cape Girardeau and all around the world. Pastor Bonner just celebrated 28 years of marriage with his beautiful wife Glynis who also serves alongside him in ministry. Together they are the proud parents of Byron II and Adrina Bonner.
Samantha Rhodes, Board Member
Samantha Rhodes is a Cape Girardeau native and currently lives in Cape with her husband Scott and their two children. Samantha graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Communication Studies, and then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently seeking her certification as a health coach and working as a writer for Edible Education. Samantha, and her husband Scott, are passionate about giving back to the community and helping to make it a better place for those living in Cape. This is why she wanted to become a part of One City. She felt the need to make an impact in the lives of others and to try and bring people from all areas of life together. As a writer, Samantha understands the importance of having a voice, big or small. She believes One City is going to be a way for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to share opinions, live dreams, and create visions for the future of this great city. Samantha’s gifts in communication have made an immediate impact for One City as she has been instrumental in developing our website and putting into words the heart of our programs. Samantha also serves as Secretary of Board of Directors for One City
Janet Wigfall, Board Member
Janet Wigfall is a 25 year veteran teacher with Cape Girardeau Public School District. Janet is passionate about shaping the lives of every student she encounters and currently works directly with The Bridge Class which she founded at the Cape Girardeau Central Middle School. This class is comprised of 5th grade students who each come in with various deficiencies that have been known to lead to high dropout rates. Her goal is to work against these deficiencies to see each student gain the skills and confidence to stay in school and earn their High School Diploma. As the first college graduate in her own family, Janet is committed to helping her students see the value of education and the difference it can make in their lives. Janet is not only committed to inspiring students through education but also through community service. She sponsors a youth club at Cape Central Middle School called Young Hearts For Africa that helps support a children’s home in Swaziland, Africa. She also volunteers in events for Relay For Life, Multiple Sclerosis, Meals On Wheels and Feed My Starving Children. Janet holds a Masters Degree in Education and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2006 she was honored as the Edna C. Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award and most recently received the NAACP Teaching Award in 2017.
John Harding, Board Member
John Harding has been a resident of Cape Girardeau since 1993. He is married to the former Becky Sides of Cape Girardeau and together they have three children. Professionally, John has been a member of The Limbaugh Firm since 1993. Prior to joining the firm, John practiced law in the Kansas City area and was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cape Girardeau County. John has a true heart for community involvement. He has served on the Community Counseling Center Foundation board for over twenty years, chairing several fundraising events and serving as president. He has been a Rotarian for over 20 years and is a Paul Harris fellow. John is passionate about mentorship and has invested himself personally in the lives of many young men in our community. As an avid fitness guy you’ll often find him running the streets and trails around Cape Girardeau. John has competed in some of the largest events including the New York City marathon, Alcatraz triathlon, and Brooklyn half marathon. Through these events he has been able to raise money for charities like the Leukemia Society, Prostate Cancer, and Library For All. John believes in investing in relationships and the potential of this community as we all work together as one.
Board of Directors
Photo from the very first One City Board of Directors meeting at our community center location.
Board of Directors: John Harding, Janet Wigfall, Pastor Byron Bonner, Samantha Rhodes, Raelenna Ferguson, and Jeremy Ferguson