CMCA Executive Director
A.A., William Tyndale College
B.A., William Tyndale College
M.A., Wayne State University
Leading social entrepreneur Joseph Williams is on a mission to restore the lives of those affected by crime. His passion for helping the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and their families reach their God-given potential is born from his own personal battles. In his gripping memoir, Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing: When the Actions of a Christian Turn Criminal, Joseph simultaneously recounts his own personal triumph over drugs, crime and prison and becomes a conduit of freedom for others.
As Founder and President of the Christian Association for Prison Aftercare (CAPA) he used his vast experience and knowledge to inspire and teach numerous organizational leaders and criminal justice professionals around the world. These successes continue to provide Joseph with the opportunity to share his expertise, as well as his surprising humor and quick wit with other professionals at various forums around the nation. Among them are the prestigious bodies of the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Institute of Corrections. Joseph also serves on the national advisory board for the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism’s Institute for Prison Ministry.
CMCA President and Co-Chair
B.A., Biblical Studies
B.S., Organizational Leadership
M.A., Applied Behavior Studies
Under supervision as a LPC and LADC
Ilinda Jackson is pastor of the Secret Place Community Church, a church with a heart for the surrounding community, including hurting women and their children. She is dedicated to taking a message to the community; that it will take not only the participation of individuals, but also that of the business owners, churches, and foundations to bring community wholeness. She is the founder and CEO of Raising the Standard Ministries, Inc., located in Oklahoma City, OK, a unique and innovative ministry that has apprehended the true essence of “transitional living” with five life-changing houses.
She has served as the Chaplain in a tri-level female prison to include maximum security and death row where she also served as the Coordinator of the Faith and Character Community Program; one of the first of its kind for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. She currently is the coordinator of the Victim Services Unit for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, providing help and support to the citizens of Oklahoma who have been impacted by crime as well as providing restorative justice measures for offenders to take responsibility for crimes they have committed.
B.A., Calvin College and Cornerstone University
M.A., Western Michigan University
Ed. D., Curriculum Leadership, Northern Illinois University
Karen has been the Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM), Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College since 2005. As Director, she oversees the Charles W. Colson scholarship program and pursues the goals of the Institute for Prison Ministries through networks, collaboration and strategic partners. She has more than 25 years of higher education experience and developed and taught Correctional Ministry courses at Wheaton College, now offered through Christian University GlobalNet.
Karen has co-authored with Lennie Spitale, Released.
Karen lives in West Chicago, IL with her dog Luther (who she has co-custody with a friend) and part-time with her unofficial adopted grandsons Cameron and Caleb.
CMCA Vice President
Course work at Greenville Technical College
School of Correctional Ministries
Jerry Blassingame is the Executive Director of Soteria Community Development Corporation and Senior Pastor of Soteria Christian Fellowship. He endeavors to empower individuals and the community through education, affordable housing, financial literacy, community and economic development, and entrepreneurship. His passion is assisting individuals who have been incarcerated through reentry and helping them to become productive citizens.
Jerry currently resides in Greenville South Carolina with his wife, Stephanie of 17 years and 3 of their 6 children. He’s an active part of the community and serves on several boards including the PTA of his son’s middle school.
B.S., North Carolina State University
M.B.A., Columbia Business School, Columbia University
Evelyn Lemly is CEO of Kairos Prison Ministry International which currently serves in nearly 500 communities in 10 countries with more than 30,000 volunteers. Evelyn also serves on the advisory board of both CMCA and The Institute for Prison Ministries. She hosts the Fourth Day Ministries annual forum and also serves as Secretary on the Executive committee of the Coalition of Prison Evangelists.
Executive Committee Member
M.A., Intercultural Studies, Talbot Theological Seminary – Biola University
M.A., Psychology-clinical, Pepperdine University
M.A., Criminal Justice, California State University, San Bernardino
Doctoral Coursework, Claremont University
As a former probation counselor and therapist and today as a seasoned juvenile correctional chaplain, Steve has provided over 40 years of professional institutional service to California’s San Bernadino, Riverside, and Orange counties. Supervising the Protestant Chaplaincy ministry for the Orange County Juvenile Justice Complex’s seven institutions since 1981. Steve’s purpose is to help fulfill the Great Commission with incarcerated and hurting youth, adults, and their families.
Steve is an ordained minister and is joined in ministry by his wife Jan. Steve and Jan have three grown children: Jeff, Morgan(deceased), and Jessica.
Executive Committee Member
B..A., Bible and Christian Missions
Certified in chaplaincy & reentry from School of Correctional Ministry
Master Facilitator with the Trauma Healing Institute with the American Bible Society.
Joy Stevens is chaplain to women in the 3 area jails in the Metro Omaha area; Douglas County Corrections, Pottawattamie County and Sarpy County Jails. She has worked in corrections since 1996 starting on death row at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. She is a certified chaplain with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, is certified in chaplaincy and reentry from School of Correctional Ministry at Wheaton College and has a Bachelors Degree in Bible and Christian Missions. She is a member of AJA (American Jail Association) and CMCA International. (Correctional Ministry Chaplain’s Association) and serves the board of the CMCA .
Joy is also being certified as a Master Facilitator with the Trauma Healing Institute with American Bible Society and travels nationally doing training on trauma ministry. Joy is married with 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren.
Don Allsman – CEO/ Completion Global, Inc.
Marsha Banks – Executive Director/ AMIRACLE4SURE
Leticia Chavez-Paulette – Executive Director A Peaceful Habitation Home & Aftercare Ministry
Boyd Chikatulah – CEO/ 3 Oaks Ministries, Inc.
James D’Amato – Director Field Partner Programs, Prison Fellowship
Vance Drum – Correctional Ministries Consulting/ret. Dir. of Chaplaincy Operations, TX DOJ
Eddie Kornegay – Dean/Joseph Bus. School & Director Prison Ministries, Living Word Christian Center
Jonathan Lewis – Executive Director, Life Abundant, Inc.
Daniel Odean – Corr. Min. Rep/General Council Assemblies of God
Chris Pritchard – Release Coordinator/Jump Start Ministries
Mike Reighard – BOP Chaplain, Retired; CMCA President Emeritus
Richard Rienstra – Re-entry Support Ministry
Dean Trulear – Healing Communities
Miea Walker – Criminal Justice Manager Advocacy & Policy/ Forward Justice