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OUR STAFF 

OUR STAFF

Bruce-Strom

BRUCE STROM

Founder & CEO

I didn’t always care about justice. I was busy as the senior partner of a successful multi-office law practice. But I missed something. God was less concerned about me building my kingdom and more concerned about how I was advancing His kingdom by loving and serving others.

How about you? Ever so busy you’re afraid you might be missing something God has for you? Then like the Good Samaritan, maybe you should stop. That’s what I did to start a legal ministry called Administer Justice which is now one of the largest legal ministries in America. Along the way I made a lot of mistakes but I also learned a lot about injustice in our legal systems and what God has to say about justice. Now I use my knowledge and experience to coach others. I’ve keynoted our nation’s only two Faith & Justice Summits hosted by the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Mississippi Supreme Court. World Magazine recognized our work at Administer Justice with a national Hope for Effective Compassion Award and Moody published my book Gospel Justice, widely acclaimed by many justice leaders.

I practiced law for almost 40 years. During that time, I connected with Bruce first as an undergraduate, then as a law student and thereafter during his law practice and time at Administer Justice. Bruce has always been a guiding light for me with regard to Christian Legal Aid ministry. We would continually discuss my “life after law practice” and the possibility of some “partnership”

 

In 2015, when God called me from the practice of law to full-time vocational ministry, it seemed clear that a portion of my time should be devoted to Bruce’s newer ministry, Gospel Justice Initiative. I serve as Bruce’s COO, handling ministry and administrative matters. To be used in this capacity is a calling and blessing from God “To engage Christ followers to serve the legal and spiritual needs of the poor.”

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BRENT AMATO

COO

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LEAH GEOCARIS

Executive Administrative Assistant

Newly wed and new to northern Illinois, a friend from a Bible study group told me about Bruce and his passion for social justice. I had worked in several legal offices previously and felt I was ready to move on to a different field. She assured me the faith based, non-profit world be nothing like the law firms I was used to. That was almost 10 years ago. I can’t imagine where I would be if I hadn’t said yes to God’s call and Bruce’s invitation. In this particular setting, I get to see God work in the lives of individuals using skills and talents of people just like you and me. I believe very strongly in stopping negative cycles, and when you bring the law into hopeless situations, it has a miraculous effect. For example, now a homeless mother of two can stop asking her church for food and money to get by … because her ex-husband has been made to pay child support. Broken lives find hope through this work we are doing – “Administer[ing] true justice; show[ing] mercy and compassion to one another” (Zech 7:9).

I retired in 2008 from a major national corporation where I held many operations management assignments. I don’t believe the Bible’s plan for retirement is to just sit on the sidelines. While God has blessed me with a wonderful family including grandchildren, I believed God could still use my gifts to serve others. I learned about Administer Justice through my church and in 2006 began volunteering as a financial counselor. When in 2012 Administer Justice needed a part-time accounts manager, I was happy to help. I am blessed to see how God provides for this ministry and the new national ministry Bruce launched in 2014. When Bruce asked me to join Gospel Justice Initiative part-time along with my service to Administer Justice, I was glad to do so. If you need a bill paid or are looking for a reimbursement then I’m the man behind the scenes ensuring everything is done in a decent and orderly fashion.

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PHIL THACHER

Account Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

JOE ABRAHAM

Entrepreneur & Founding Partner, Lifezone360
 

A professional entrepreneur with multiple successful company launches under his belt, Joe is now founder of BOSI Global – operating partner to venture-backed and privately held companies. Winner of numerous awards for his impact on global entrepreneurship, Joe is author of Entrepreneurial DNA (McGraw Hill 2011) – a critically acclaimed book based on his multi-year research into entrepreneurial teams. In 2008, he developed the BOSI methodology – now used around the globe as the gold standard behavioral assessment for business owners and their teams. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS and the Wall Street Journal as subject matter expert in small business, entrepreneurship and free enterprise. Joe lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons. They attend Harvest Bible Chapel.

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TOM ATCHISON

Senior Pastor, Fox Valley Evangelical Free Church
 

Tom is the senior pastor of Fox Valley Evangelical Free Church where he has served for the past 23 years. He holds a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. He served on the board of Administer Justice prior to joining the board of Gospel Justice Initiative. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Cathy, three children, and three grandchildren.

CHRIS PURNELL

Executive Director, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis
 

Chris has served at Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana since September 2008, when he began working as a staff attorney in the areas of housing and consumer law. He was promoted to the Managing Attorney role in 2010 and appointed Executive Director by the Board of Directors in February 2015. Along with his work at the Clinic, Chris is an Adjunct Professor at Taylor University and is very involved in serving at Village Life Church in Broad Ripple. Chris and his wife, Christy, live in Indianapolis with their two young and always vivacious children.

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LAVON KOERNER

CRO, Revenue Storm

 

With over two decades of international consulting in sales and marketing effectiveness, LaVon Koerner is recognized worldwide as a leading expert in diagnosing and transforming sales and marketing organizations. Since co-founding Revenue Storm in 2001, LaVon remains zealous in his pursuit to provide organizations a comprehensive suite of proven tools and techniques that drive profitable revenue growth. As Chief Revenue Officer, LaVon helps organizations like EDS, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, British Telecom, Ernst and Young, and Microsoft achieve revenue acceleration through demand creation and reap immediate, sustainable gains.

STEVE KEIST

Attorney, Keist Law | Director, Christian Legal Aid of Arizona | President, West Maricopa Country Bar Association
 

Steve is a sole practitioner in Glendale Arizona with 39 years experience in civil litigation, family law, criminal defense, personal injury, bankruptcy, estate planning, and aviation law. In 2002 he was appointed to the bench as Judge pro-tem in the Family Law division and mediates for the courts Alternative Dispute Resolution division. Steve is the current Director of Christian Legal Aid of Arizona and past President of the West Maricopa County Bar Association. Steve enjoys flying and in 2000 obtained his private pilot’s license.

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AMY SCHAUBLE

Administrative Assistant, Clare Oaks Continuing Care Community
 

Amy is a full time wife to Greg, mother to teenage son, Max and a part-time Administrative Assistant at Clare Oaks Continuing Care Community. As a former Administer Justice client, she is passionate about seeing the legal and hope-filled help that she received spread across the nation.

DANIEL C. ARNOLD

Director of Exhibits, Museum of the Bible
 

Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Dan spent his early years in Peru, South America, where his parents provided medical and mechanic services to the Peruvian people. Dan has a MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. While a student, Dan started a successful electrical contracting service. Dan used his Biblical knowledge and experience in the trades to lead teams to design, build, and install large-scale theatrical sets for Sight and Sound Theaters. The success of this work caught the attention of Museum of the Bible and Dan was invited to join them in 2012 as Director of Exhibits. This provides opportunity to travel the world spreading the good news of the Bible through powerful exhibits which bring the Bible to life. Dan served in the United States Navy trained to repair and maintain the shipboard MK-26 guided-missile system and as an emergency medical technician. He served in Operation Desert Shield. Dan is married to Diana and they have a son and daughter.

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KRISTINA ROBB-DOVER

Writer, Editor & Author

 

Kristina Robb-Dover is a writer, author and minister. Books include The Recovery-Minded Church: Loving and Ministering to People with Addictions (InterVarsity Press, winter 2015) and Grace Sticks: The Bumper Sticker Gospel for Restless Souls (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Her articles have appeared in a number of publications, and you can find her musings at the Beliefnet blog, “Fellowship of Saints and Sinners.” Kristina’s granddad, John D. Robb, a life-long champion of the rights of the poor and avid supporter of GJI’s work, boldly dreamt of a day when 1,000 justice centers would be serving the legal and spiritual needs of the poor in communities across this nation; so what most excites Kristina about serving on GJI’s board is the opportunity to keep that dream alive and to help make it a reality. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband Paul and their two kids.

CLEM LESLIE

Major, The Salvation Army
 

Clem was born in the island of Trinidad and migrated to the United States 42 years ago. In 1978 he entered The Salvation Army School for Officer Training in Atlanta, GA and was ordained in 1980. His assignments include Corps (churches) in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, California, Washington, and Arizona. He currently leads The Salvation Army in Glendale AZ. Major Leslie is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally for The Salvation Army. He holds an undergraduate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville TN, and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Richmond VA. Clem is married to Evangeline and they have two children and two grandchildren. He loves the Lord with all his heart and desires to help suffering humanity in Christ’s Name. His life verses are “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thess. 5:16-18 (KJV)

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JIM CHARLTON

Director of Ministry Development, Alpha USA

 

Jim’s professional life includes 20 years as a trial lawyer, three years on church staff as Evangelism Director and 14 years in leadership roles with Alpha USA, most recently as Director of Ministry Development. Jim seeks to help people become more fully alive through his current roles as attorney, coach and non-profit consultant. He also serves as a volunteer attorney for Administer Justice. Jim and Christine have been married 35 years, have three adult sons (and one grandchild) and live in the Chicago area.

BILL STEVENSON

Senior Vice President-Wealth Management & Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
 

Bill has worked as a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch since 1987. Prior to joining the Gospel Justice Initiative board Bill served on the board of Administer Justice for 5 years. Bill’s life verse is 2 Timothy 2:2 “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Bill enjoys mentoring young men and serves as Chaplin of the Concordia Chicago University football team. Bill has been married to his wife Vicki for 30 years and they have 2 adult children.

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