True Freedom Ministries is an evangelical, non-profit organization dedicated to reaching people locked in jails and prisons, the homeless and those trapped in addiction across Ohio with the message of the true freedom found only in Jesus Christ.
Michael serves as our Executive Director. While a student at Case Western Reserve University, Michael was convicted as an accomplice to a crime his older brother committed and ended up serving 17 years for involuntary manslaughter. While incarcerated Michael earned two Associates Degrees with a 4.0 GPA, went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, before receiving a full scholarship to study theology at the Reformed Theological Seminary. Also, while incarcerated Michael has authored five books, three of which appeared on Amazon.com's best seller list. For more information go to www.MichaelSwiger.com.
Rae serves as Director of Women's Ministry. With thirty-two years in the health industry field, managing mainframe computers, including Disaster Recovery, trouble shooting, file maintenance and software updates and integration, Rae holds an Associate in Christian Studies degree with a ministerial license from the Sure Foundation Theological Institute; graduating in September 2008. Rae holds a ministerial license from MCBC under the direction of Pastor James Edwards.
Joyce serves as Executive Assistant. Joyce has over thirty years experience in full-time administrative prison ministry. Joyce received her chaplaincy training and clinical pastoral education at Sisters of Charity Health Systems.
Kelly joined our staff in April 2017. She has a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary and has worked for a variety of businesses managing all finance related functions.
Gary is our Director of Ministries. Gary is a graduate of Liberty University. For the past twenty-nine years, Gary has worked in full-time prison ministry. He received the Gold Star Award from the Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a volunteer.
Frank is our Operations Manager. For over 37 years he has worked for labor unions and held various management and sales positions in the insurance industry. Frank re-dedicated his life to Christ in 1992 when he was delivered from the life dominating addiction of substance abuse. He is committed to seeing lives changed by the power of the Gospel. As a Biblical mentor he helps Christians discover areas in which they may be disobedient to the commands and principles of Scripture and helps them learn how to lovingly submit to God’s will.
Rev. Dr. Jimmie D. Smith, Ph.D
Jimmie is a Pastor, Teacher, and Chaplain. He serves the Lake Galilee Baptist Church as Pastor/Teacher. He also serves as Juvenile Chaplain in Cuyahoga County. He also retired from the Cleveland Public Library, after 33 years of service. He was a Library Assistant for the Library. Studied at Baptist Bible Institute, Moody Bible Institute, Luther Rice Seminary, and Newburgh Theological Seminary. Married, with three children, and two grand children.
Mark is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with 30 years of ministry experience. Mark preaches each Wednesday morning at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center. He is also part of the study group that meets weekly at Grafton Correctional. Mark travels each Thursday to the Juvenile Detention Home to ministry. Also on Thursday evenings, Mark leads the evening Reformers Unanimous program at the True Freedom Ministries home office in Cleveland.
David serves as our new Development Director. David has 11 years of administrative experience. He is the former principal of Nordonia Middle School and Chagrin Falls Middle School. David graduated from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) with a BA in government. He later received his Master’s degree in Administration from Ursuline College. David is looking forward to helping find partners and resources to grow True Freedom throughout the state of Ohio.
True Freedom Ministries Board Members
This Board of Directors, in submission to God’s leading, is dedicated to setting a vision for this ministry, providing guidance to our staff to achieve that vision, and equipping them with the resources needed to fulfill this vision. Our focus is on reaching persons behind prison bars, those subject to various addictions, and those trapped in homeless with the life-giving hope of Jesus Christ.
Chris is the Vice President of Operations at Prestan Products LLC, a premier fabricator and supplier of medical devices. Chris has an Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. He also holds a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Chris' undergraduate Zoology degree is from The Ohio State University.
Richard is the Senior Pastor Elizabeth Baptist Church. In 1919, Elizabeth Baptist Church was founded. In July 2003, Pastor Richard Gibson became pastor of this wonderful church. Under Pastor Gibson's leadership, the church has experienced a revitalization. Pastor Gibson introduced many new ministries, including: Praise Team, Prayer Circle, Dance Ministry, Video Ministry and Prison Ministry. Also, the Church, under Pastor Gibson's leadership, relocated to a beautiful new church and campus at East 55th Street and Francis Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Reuben Gobezie
Dr. Gobezie is the Division Chief, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, UH Case Medical Center, and also serves as Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Assistant Professor, The Case Center for Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry. Reuben earned is B.A. at Johns HopkinsUniversity then studies Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He did his Surgery Internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital then his combined Orthopaedic Residency and Shoulder Fellowhip at Harvard.
Jon E. Lawrence
With more than 28 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jon brings a wealth of knowledge and a broad perspective of the investment world to our clients. While he has enjoyed success in numerous leadership positions over the years, Jon finds the greatest joy in serving clients and helping them articulate and achieve their most important goals. Jon began his career as a Financial Advisor at E.F. Hutton in 1987 in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. During his tenure with successor firms, he steadily grew into leadership roles beginning in 1992 and culminating in 2009 as Director of Northeast Ohio for all Morgan Stanley operations and member of the Firm’s National Branch Manager Council. Jon then spent 5½ years leading Bank of America/Merrill Lynch in Northeast Ohio, where he oversaw 13 offices, 300 employees and $25 billion in client assets before returning to Morgan Stanley to join the Terrell Lawrence Group. Jon earned his degree in Finance from University of Dayton. Jon and his wife, Melanie, have been married since 1990. They reside in Chagrin Falls with their two daughters, Danielle and Erika. Outside of work, Jon enjoys golf, tennis, running and travel. In addition, Jon attends Parkside Church and serves philanthropically as a Board Member of both Mission Possible and True Freedom Ministries.
Jessica is first and foremost a child of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is the wife of Curt McCamon, CEO of Superior Beverage Group in Cleveland and Columbus. They have three children, John, Caylah, and Joey. Jessica has recently accepted the role of Director of Community Affairs at the Superior Beverage Group. She also serves on the UH Rainbow Babies Community Outreach Committee and is looking forward to volunteering with the City Mission. Jessica is an active member at Fellowship Bible Church where she and Curt serve the middle and high school youth. She also sits on the church’s Go Team missionary council. We praise the Lord for sending Jessica to True Freedom Ministries. She will be an asset to us, as she truly has a heart to serve the broken.
Kimberly Smith Rivera
Partner with McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, Kimberly specializes in litigation, primarily in the areas of consumer finance and employment law. Kimberly graduated summa cum laude from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana in 1988 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in communication studies. She went on to graduate cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Kim has received the William H. Wallace Award for Excellence in Litigation, and the American Trial Lawyer's Academy Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy.
Frank T. Sinito
Frank is the President and CEO of Millennia Housing Companies and American Preservation Builders. Frank’s experience is widespread, including acquiring, managing, developing and constructing affordable housing projects, and general contracting for conventional and subsidized housing as well as commercial properties. Frank is a member of the Northeast Ohio Apartment Association and the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association. Frank is active in several Christian Ministries and is Chairman of True Freedom Ministries. He has a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Finance from Cleveland State University.
Lowell is President of Magnaproducts and Sulo Enterprises Inc. He graduated from Defiance College with a B. A. degree in Business Administration.He owns and operates a magnet manufacturing company specializing in rare earth magnets, which are distributed worldwide. He is very active in The Gideons International with the distribution of the Word of God around the world.
Jeff has been Director of Research with Cleveland Research since 2013 and COO since 2015. Prior to his role as Director of Research, he spent 18 years as a senior research analyst covering the retail industry, including department stores, discounters, clubs, and dollar stores. He was one of the 43 founding partners of Cleveland Research in 2006. Jeff received a BBA from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from Case Western Reserve. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with his wife Alissa and their three children. They attend Holy Angels Church in Bainbridge where he and his wife lead the Couples Ministry. He has served on the boards of the Chagrin Athletic Association, Chagrin Men’s Fellowship, and Catapult Ministries.