Bridges of America Chaplains

Scott Davidson
Central Florida Regional Chaplaincy Director
Chaplain, The Orlando Bridge
407.291.1500 x2261

Scott Davidson

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.”

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Ginery Twichell
South Florida Regional Chaplaincy Director
Chaplain, The Broward County Bridge
954.358.2650

Ginery Twichell

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.

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Robert Brown
North Florida Regional Chaplaincy Director
Chaplain, The Jacksonville Bridge
904.345.5967

Robert Brown

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.

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Alan Dawson
Chaplain, The Jacksonville Bridge
904.345.5987

Alan Dawson

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.

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Dr. Sharon Burke
Chaplain, The Bradenton Bridge
941.932.9030 x3210

Sharon Burke

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.”

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Veronica Ogbeinfun
Chaplain, The Auburndale Bridge
863.967.8190

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Chaplain Veronica Bell Ogbeifun serves Bridges of America as chaplain for the Auburndale Bridge, as well as the co-pastor of Evangelism at Champions Fellowship Church in Lake Wales, Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of North Florida, a master’s degree from California College for Health Sciences and a doctorate degree from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 2016.

Chaplain Veronica Bell Ogbeifun was ordained in ministry in 2003 and has been serving the Lord ever since.   She has over 20 years of experience with working in the social service welfare field with children and families.   She is a certified facilitator for Family Team Conferencing and Family Decision Making. She has a compassion for advocating for families as a whole and understands and recognizes the importance of working with a trauma informed family.  She has the desire to advocate for children and families and provide them with the appropriate spiritual guidance and biblical tools that are needed in order for the families to begin their healing process.  Chaplain Veronica Ogbeifun is married to Raphael Ogbeifun and they have three children, Trinity, Rijnaldo and Dexter.  She is also an adoptive parent.

Her favorite scripture is Psalm 121:1-2: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

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Fidel Molleturo
Chaplain, The Orlando Bridge
407.291.1500 x2447

Fidel Molleturo

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.

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Michael Seals
Chaplain, The Lake City Bridge
386.628.5146

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Chaplain Michael Seals retired as a Senior Chief from the United States Navy after 25 years of faithful service. He is a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God. Chaplain Seals has worked diligently for over a decade with underserved populations including the incarcerated, homeless men, women and children, those struggling with addiction, at-risk youth and families in crisis. He has been extensively involved in prison ministry for 10 years and in his spare time volunteers extensively with his wife Julie in the Florida Department of Corrections, working with inmates at Baker Correctional Institution, Marion Correctional Institution, Sumter Correctional Institution, Hamilton Correctional Institution, and Lowell Correctional Institution/Women’s Reception Center.

Chaplain Seals believes in the love, forgiveness and power of God to redeem and transform the lives of broken men. He knows that no one is beyond God’s reach and he has a passion for ministering to the least of these: “I was in prison and you came to visit me … I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:36, 40. He is striving to build strong relationships with pastors and churches in the Lake City area that will provide resources and support to men and their families as they transition from the Lake City Bridge back into the surrounding community and a second chance at life.

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Ken Brakefield
Chaplain, The Santa Fe Bridge
352.240.0861

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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.

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