Our Team - The Board of Directors

Dr. Robert (Bob) Frank received his degrees from Arizona State University and University of South Carolina. After graduation, he joined the military and did his training at the Army’s Academy of Health Services in San Antonio, Texas. He had tours to Ft. Bragg, NC; Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii; Ft. Jackson, SC; and Eisenhower Medical Center, Georgia; where he was Chief of Education and Training for the Medical Center.


Upon retiring as a Lt. Colonel, Dr. Frank joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Neurology Department. His work focused on stroke research and alternative thrombolytic agents for his stroke patients. He continued his career path in clinical research working with a leading biopharmaceutical research firm conducting global clinical trials with other principal investigators hoping to achieve FDA approval for new drugs. Dr. Frank is now semi-retired and continues to work with his patients in clinical research.


Dr. Frank is a member of numerous professional medical and health care and research organizations. He also is certified as an official for the US Track and Field Association and officiates at Championship meets. Dr. Frank is also a seasoned traveler and has traveled world-wide exploring all seven continents. He also enjoys running and was recently awarded the Phippes Award for long-distance running.


At the core of Dr. Robert Frank is the belief that Jesus Christ is his Lord and Savior. It is very comforting to share with patients our faith based approach to health care. Dr. Robert Frank is an active member and usher at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. 

After the passing of his wife, Dr. Elaine Frank, he has since remarried to Reba Frank and is currently residing in the Lake Murray community.  He has one daughter, two step-daughters and three grandsons.

Delleney Love is the oldest in a family of 3. Her sister, Molly, lives out West in Denver, Colorado.  Her brother and parents are in Columbia, SC; however, her whole family has the “travel bug” so you won’t find them at home very often! From the mountains, to the beach, to cross country road trips, they enjoy seeing all that the world has to offer and experiencing different cultures and people. Delleney attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and currently works at Love Chevrolet in Columbia, SC.

Proverbs 3:27: "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act."

Tim McSwain has been married to his wife, Mary Beth since May 1982. They live in the Blythewood, SC area and have 2 daughters, Allison, who lives in Las Vegas, NV and works at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) and Kelley, who lives in Columbia, SC and is in graduate school for social work at the University of South Carolina. Tim and Mary Beth were both born and raised in Christian homes in the Columbia SC area (Tim’s family were members of Park Street Baptist Church and Mary Beth’s family were members of Eau Claire Presbyterian Church). Tim graduated from the University of South Carolina and is retired from Wells Fargo Bank in the Information Technology area. Mary Beth graduated from Winthrop College and works for Eau Claire Presbyterian Church as the Church Organist and Office Manager.


Tim serves as a Ruling Elder at Eau Claire Presbyterian Church (PCA) and as the church treasurer. Tim attended high school and college with Jim and has known him his whole adult life. He is honored to support Jim and Janet Whittle in their ministry with Left at the Gate.

Tim is the Treasurer of Left At The Gate.

John Schmidt is an attorney and partner in Schmidt & Copeland LLC. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and his juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He and his wife Julie are members of Shandon Baptist Church. They are avid supporters of missions and have been supporters of Jim and Janet’s ministry since the beginning. Julie was a former international missionary to France.

Janet McCullough-Whittle is the Left At The Gate liaison to the board. Janet is the reason we originally pursued and chose

people living with the effects of leprosy as the focus for our mission. Janet has a heart for missions, researching a number of

different topics, and people with special needs.

Jim Whittle is married to Janet McCullough-Whittle. They live in Hopkins, SC. They are members of Shandon Baptist Church. Jim graduated from the University of South Carolina and enjoyed a career in sales & marketing lasting over 30 years. Jim loves to write and enjoys sharing stories from the field.

Jim serves as president and founder of Left At The Gate.



Left At The Gate - 803.760.6145 - Post Office Box 90975 - Columbia, South Carolina 29290