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Dr. Jonathan Brown


Dr. Jonathan Brown began serving as President of City Gospel Mission in 2023 after 32 years in K-12 education. Before joining City Gospel Mission, Dr. Brown was most recently Director of School Leader, Employee and Labor Relations of Cincinnati Public Schools. Throughout his career he has held several leadership and teaching positions within public school systems in Ohio and Maryland. He has a Doctor of Education from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Education Administration, and Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Dr. Brown is also the Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children. Learn more about Dr. Brown.

John Allbrittin

Chief Operating Officer of Youth Programs

John joined the City Gospel Mission team in 2014 after retiring from his 28-year career at P&G. He leads the Whiz Kids Tutoring program. John and his wife Lisa have two children.

Angela Allen

Vice President of Church Partnerships

Angela is a graduate of Covenant College and Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned degrees in Natural Science and Civil Engineering. She joined City Gospel Mission in 2000 after nearly a decade of volunteering with the organization. Angela loves building partnerships with local churches to expand Christ’s Kingdom and serve the poor.

Barry Baker

Executive Vice President of Youth Programs

Barry Baker has over 27 years of experience in leadership and management. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he spent 16 years in management with P&G in their Product Supply Division. Barry left P&G to work with Athletes in Action where he held several leadership positions. In 2005, he came on staff with City Gospel Mission where he serves as Executive Vice President of Youth Programs.

Lucretia Bowman

Vice President of Recovery Services

Lucretia Bowman is the founder of Having the Courage to Change, City Gospel Mission’s recovery program for women. She also leads the Exodus recovery program for men. Lucretia is the author of Breaking the Cycle of Self Abuse, a book sharing her journey. She is a licensed pastor with more than 20 years of experience leading programs that empower men and women to discover their true identity and recover from addiction, abuse and incarceration. Lucretia and her husband Charles have two sons.

Tim Williams

Vice President of Homeless Services

Tim began volunteering at 19. He joined the staff in 1985 and was part of youth services overseeing challenge camps and the dirt bike ministry for eleven years. In 1996 Tim joined the pastoral staff of Mariemont Community church where he completed a pastoral apprenticeship. He returned to City Gospel Mission and joined the development staff in 2004. In 2016 Tim became Executive Director of Operations for our ministry partner Hope House Mission. Tim’s role expanded this year to become the VP of homeless services. He will oversee the two shelters in Middletown and the Cincinnati shelter.
Tim and Judy have five children and 4 grandchildren.

William Reeves

Vice President of Administrative Services

William joined City Gospel Mission in 2019 after volunteering for three years and working in corporate leadership positions for over 35 years. He retired from Procter & Gamble, spent four years with JLL, and works part-time for Diversified Facility Solutions. In addition to his faith, William has a great passion for family and giving back. William and his wife have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Paul Spence

Vice President of Development

Paul spent nine years as Executive Director of a homeless mission before bringing a passion for fundraising to City Gospel Mission. Since 2007 he has lead the Development Team to connect God’s people with the Mission’s needs. Paul and his wife, Monica, have five children and live in Forest Park.

Abe Woolfolk

VP of JobsPlus

After a celebrated tour of duty in the Navy, Abe returned to Cincinnati and grew in his faith under the leadership team of Faith Christian Center. He later served as both a Deacon and Elder. Abe joined JobsPlus in 1999 and started to work part-time at City Gospel Mission in 2002. JobsPlus merged with City Gospel Mission in 2012, and Abe became VP of JobsPlus in 2019. He currently resides in Golf Manor and is active in youth A.A.U. basketball.

2019 Board of Trustees

Not pictured: Deborah Merritt

Board of Trustees


Brad Trucksis, Global Consultant, Brad Trucksis, LLC

Vice Chair

Deborah Merritt, Executive Pastor, Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship


Rodney Swope, Chief Servant, Rod&Staff Enterprises


Jonathan Adams, President, SALIX


Dick Alexander, International Consultant, Christian Missionary Fellowship

Sharon Doering, Discover Solutions, LLC

Lonnie Grayson, President/CEO, Environmental Safety Solutions Inc.

David Lindner, VP Retail Marketing/Operations, United Dairy Farmers

Jason McSwain, President, McSwain Carpets & Flooring

Carla Messer, Chief Results Officer, BestWork

Dan Owens, CPA, Retired Shareholder, VonLehman & Company Inc.

Dawn Satterwhite, Community Care Crisis Coordinator, Crossroads Church


City Gospel Mission Board of Trustees members do not receive compensation or benefits for their service on the board.