Jon joined Good News Jail & Prison Ministry as the third President in the 54 year history of the organization in September 2013. Previously, he served as a volunteer in Anne Arundel County (MD) jails and as part of the Chaplain Support Team since 2001. Jon joined the Good News Board of Directors in 2005 and has served as the Secretary as well as a member of the Membership, Executive and Governance Committees. From 1997 to 2013 he worked for D.P. Associates (DPA), a division of L-3 Communications, serving as the Vice President of Operations (COO) for DPA since 2004. Prior work experience includes 11 years of full and part time ministry with Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary (now part of Lancaster Bible College) in Washington DC. Jon has a Bachelor’s degree in Education/Recreation Administration from WBC as well as Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from CBS. Additional graduate work has been completed in organizational communications, public relations and strategic planning/business policy. Jon and his wife Brenda have three children and reside in Suburban Maryland.
Gary enjoys serving the International teams of chaplains – building up, encouraging and guiding the ministry in strategic places around the world. He and his wife, Carol, have purposed to reach “difficult to reach” peoples for 30+ years. Prior to Good News, they served in a variety of ministry roles – as missionaries in Southeast Asia, Mission Field Leaders, Missions and Outreach Pastor, and Senior Pastor. Gary earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University. The Franzes live in the Chicago suburbs. They have four children and one grandchild.
Dan earned his Business Degree in Personnel Management from Cedarville University and his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. In his 24 years of full-time ministry in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania he has served as a Pastor of Youth, Children, Men and Leadership Development. Dan joined GNJ&PM in January of 2015 and enjoys providing training, resources and encouragement to our chaplains in the United States in his role as the Director of Chaplain Support. Dan and his wife Laura live in York, Pennsylvania.
Martin attended Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary where he completed an MA in Theology. He has served as a Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor of Administration for local churches in Maryland and Virginia. In Jan 2015, he completed 13+ years in the defense industry with D.P. Associates, a division of L-3 Communications, finishing as the Senior Director of Operations with responsibilities including Human Resources, Procurement, Ethics, Facilities, and Marketing. Having previously served on the Good News Chaplain Support Team for Anne Arundel County, MD, Martin began his current role with GNJ&PM in March of 2015. Martin and his wife Joni live in suburban Maryland.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Cam Abell earned degrees from the Medical College of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a Master’s in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He served a church as the Minister of Outreach, then with EvanTell, writing materials to equip Christians for evangelism. Cam joined Good News Jail & Prison Ministry in 1996 as a chaplain. Cam currently serves a Regional Director, providing oversight for Good News chaplains in the US; and as the Director of Training, Cam trains chaplains and volunteers nationally and internationally, having trained workers in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mid-East. He and his wife live in the Richmond, Virginia area.
Bob Potter is a graduate of Grace University in Omaha. He began his ministry as Chaplain of Douglas County Corrections in 1978. Bob joined the staff of Good News in 1980, serving at Chaplain and Senior Chaplain until assuming the position of Regional Director in September of 2005. In 2013, Bob was appointed as the Assistant Director of Chaplains overseeing chaplains in the field and managing chaplain candidates. Bob is a native of Nebraska where he lives in Omaha with his wife, Linda.
Rick Sweenie has served with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry since 1980. He began in a volunteer capacity as an Assistant Chaplain at the Pottawattamie County Jail. In 1987, Rick became a full-time Chaplain in the Pottawattamie County Jail and the Sarpy County Jail. In 1995, Rick assumed a Regional Director position with Good News. He currently oversees the ministry of 19 Chaplains in 10 states. Rick received a Bachelor degree at Grace University, Omaha, Nebraska, in Bible and Human Resource Management. Rick lives in Bellevue, Nebraska with his wife, Margie.
Dr. Fletcher was a Good News Chaplain at the Fairfax County Jail, Virginia from 1966-68. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the ministry. From 1984-91 Dr. Fletcher served as President of Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland. Harry has also served for twenty-five years as a senior pastor at various churches in the New England area. Dr. Fletcher rejoined the staff of Good News in 1999 as Vice President of Ministry. Harry has been married for forty-nine years to his wife Muriel and resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Jerry has served GNJPM for 12 years as an advancement officer. He has earned the following: B.S. – Virginia Commonwealth University, M. Ed. – University of Virginia and Ed. D. – Nova University. His career with GNJPM followed 38 years in public and private Christian school education. During that time he served as adjunct faculty at Grace College and Seminary, Liberty University and Columbia International University. A Richmond, Virginia native he now resides in Mint Hill, North Carolina with his wife Kathy.