Bridges of America Chaplains
Central Florida Regional Chaplaincy Director
Chaplain, The Orlando Bridge
Chaplain Scott Davidson was ordained to ministry in 2002 by his mentor and Society of St. Dismas founder, Frank Costantino. Since joining the Bridges team 10 years ago, Chaplain Davidson has served in roles of administrator, post-transitional case manager and supervisor, facility chaplain and regional chaplain of North Florida. He currently serves as chaplain of the Orlando Bridge and the supervisor of the Auburndale Bridge Community Reentry Services Program. He believes that faith-based community support is an integral part of a resident’s program for a successful re-entry into the community.
Chaplain Davidson is a certified audio engineer and is a singer, songwriter and musician, with over 10 years of experience in the music industry. He has been the worship leader for the Society of St. Dismas since 1999 and continues to write, compose and produce original music that has been featured on a compilation CD called “The Orlando Worship Project.”
South Florida Regional Chaplaincy Director
Chaplain, The Broward County Bridge
Chaplain Ginery Twichell has worked as a counselor, clinical director and administrator in the substance abuse prevention and treatment field for more than 40 years. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and joined the Bridges of America team in 1999 as a chaplain of the Polk Bridge. He has served in the capacity of chaplain and transitional housing director at Bridges for the last 13 years.
His goals are to improve the transition from incarceration to successful independent living and to increase the involvement of community partners as active participants in the re-entry process. Chaplain Twichell currently serves as chaplain of the Broward County Bridge and feels God has called him to be an instrument of reconciliation and restoration for offenders, addicts and their families, bringing them to a place of wholeness and health.
North Florida Regional Chaplaincy Director
Chaplain, The Jacksonville Bridge
Chaplain Robert Brown has been the pastor of the River Of Life Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, Fla. since 1997 and has ministered extensively in jails and prisons throughout Northeast Florida. Chaplain Brown studied criminal justice at the University of North Florida and ultimately earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Smith Chapel Bible College. Chaplain Brown served on the chaplaincy staff of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office from 2002 to 2005 and served on the staff of the Ready4Work Program as re-entry and life coach coordinator.
He strongly believes that individuals can change when given an opportunity to utilize the spiritual and natural resources that are critical to success. As such, he views the Chaplaincy Program as a facilitator to ensure that success. The goal of the Chaplaincy Program at the Jacksonville Bridge is to positively influence each program client so he can become a productive member of his community and break the cycle of recidivism.
Chaplain, The Jacksonville Bridge
Chaplain Alan Dawson serves Bridges of America as chaplain for the Jacksonville Bridge. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian education and a master’s degree in biblical counseling from New Spirit Theological Bible College.
Chaplain Dawson also serves as a senior pastor for Jesus People Living Word Church and is active in the community by sharing the gospel and food in disadvantaged communities. Additionally, he is responsible for performing sacerdotal duties including weddings, funerals and baptisms. Since 2011, he has served in the Pastoral Care Department at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, providing prayers and pastoral care to patients and staff. Chaplain Dawson is passionate about training men and women to do the work of the ministry to the glory of God, and strives to encourage and empower the clients he serves at Bridges of America.
Dr. Sharon Burke
Chaplain, The Bradenton Bridge
Chaplain Sharon Burke serves as chaplain at the Bradenton Bridge, as well as the pastor of the International Theological Seminary Worship Center Church. In her prior position as head of the counseling department at International Theological Seminary, she traveled twice to Ghana where she successfully implemented the first African counseling department of ITS/Ghana. Chaplain Burke has worked with ITS since its inception in 1983 and has experience in nearly every aspect of the organization’s programming. Under her supervision, the ITS Counseling Department ministers to students from nearly every state.
A Certified Life Coach, Chaplain Burke served as a guest speaker for various counseling organizations in the United States and internationally. She has three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Chaplain Burke and Cinderita Allen co-authored the textbook introduction to “Christian Counseling.”
Dr. Michele Mitchell
Chaplain, The Auburndale Bridge
Chaplain Michele Mitchell moved to Florida from Pittsburgh, Penn. in 2003. She has more than 30 years of experience working in social services, education and the home care field. She enjoys working with the elderly, families on welfare, teen parents, at-risk youth and women in prison. Chaplain Mitchell was ordained and licensed at Greater Works Outreach School of Ministry in 1992 in Monroeville, Penn. She earned a doctorate degree in organizational leadership at Argosy University in 2011. Her dissertation is titled “Leadership in Women Released from a Faith and Character Based Prison.”
Chaplain Mitchell has a desire to teach biblical principles to families and individuals affected by addiction and incarceration. Her favorite scripture is Jesus speaking in Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”
Chaplain, The Orlando Bridge
Chaplain Fidel Molleturo joined the Bridges Chaplaincy Services team in 2013 as chaplain of the Orlando Bridge. He comes to Bridges with almost two decades of experience in ministering, even earning a bachelor’s degree in ministry leadership and counseling from Florida Christian College.
A passion for ministry has been a strong staple in Chaplain Molleturo’s life for many years. After relocating from New York to Florida in 1995, in order to expand his family business, he began working as a volunteer chaplain at the Orange County Jail. In 2007, he became the full-time chaplain.
In order to stay connected to the ministry and continuously learning, Chaplain Molleturo completed two Clinical Pastoral Education units and worked as a chaplain at Florida Hospital. Most recently, in 2013, he began working as a chaplain for the local Hospice.
Chaplain Molleturo continues to work with his own family business, Allstate Hardware Packaging, and serves as an advisor for an Allstate packaging plant in Waterbury, Conn.
Chaplain, The Turning Point and Broward County Bridges
Chaplain Duane Terpstra grew up in Western Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He began a career in campus law enforcement, working at Hope College for 19 years as director of public safety and at Davenport University for 14 years as vice president of risk management. During those years, Chaplain Terpstra completed a master’s and doctorate degree in public administration.
In 2008, Chaplain Terpstra responded to a call to pursue ministry and received three years of training through the Leadership Development Network. In January 2011, he was ordained as a pastor within the Christian Reformed Denomination and became the associate pastor to Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Mich. In September 2012 he accepted the call to be an interim pastor of the Lao Christian Reformed Church. Early in 2013, Duane sensed a pull to be part of a multicultural church plant in the greater Miami area.
Chaplain Terpstra is married to Cindy and has two grown children: Jason, who is currently in his third year at Calvin Theological Seminary, and Cassie, who has recently graduated from Kuyper College with majors in worship studies and theology, including a minor in communications.
Chaplain, The Lake City Bridge
Chaplain Willie Wilson graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion/Bible counseling and is currently working on a Masters of Divinity at the same institution. For more than 10 years Chaplain Wilson has dedicated his life to ministering God’s compassion to those who need it most. Chaplain Wilson has served in a myriad of Chaplaincy roles in the areas of Substance Abuse Treatment, Nursing Home, Hospice, Hospital, and Community Re-Entry. He feels called to share the good news of God’s mercy and grace to the hurting humanity.
Chaplain, The Santa Fe Bridge
Chaplain Ken Brakefield earned a Bachelor of Arts from Vennard College and then attended Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Ordained by The Evangelical Church, Chaplain Brakefield has served in pastoral ministries for 28 years. While serving as the senior pastor of a church in Central Minnesota, he also served as the chaplain at a residential treatment center for 10 years. In 2005 he was elected as the district superintendent for The Evangelical Church in the upper Midwest and has served in that office for the last eight years.
In spite of being born and raised in West Coast states, Ken and his wife Sue met at Vennard Bible College in Iowa and have spent their 38 years of married life in the Midwest until moving to Florida last July. Ken and Sue moved to Florida to be closer to their daughter and family. They also have a son who is serving as a missionary with Evangelical Church Missions in Cubatao, Brazil with his wife and three sons. Ken’s hobbies include golf, fishing and gardening. Together, Ken and Sue love to travel and spend time with their grandkids.
Chaplain, The Cocoa Bridge
Rev. Wade graduated from Lakeview High School in Winter Garden, FL after which he enlisted in the United States Navy. After his discharge, Rev. Wade attended several institutions of higher education including: Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL, St. Phillips Community College in San Antonio, TX, and Florida Memorial University in Miami, FL. Rev. Wade received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1979 from Florida Memorial University.
After graduation, Rev. Wade began a career with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Miami, FL. During his professional career, Rev. Wade has worked in both state and federal government funded programs as well as faith based not-for-profit agencies and ministries. Rev. Wade has more than 25 years of experience with social service agencies in Florida.
In 1994, Rev. Wade answered the calling of the Gospel Ministry and was licensed to preach the Gospel at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, FL. In 2000, Rev. Wade was ordained and became the Assistant Pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Okeechobee, FL. In 2003, Rev. Wade became the Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland, FL. In 2006, Rev. Wade earned his Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Restoration Fellowship Ministries Bible College in Melbourne, FL.
Rev. Wade is the founder of S.O.S., Save Our Sons Ministry, a mentoring program that targets young men between the ages of 12 and 25. Rev. Wade is married to Michelle Anderson Wade and together they are the proud parents of eight children.