Staff Profiles

Bob Thompson
Bob Thompson
Executive Director

15 years ago, I started representing Liberty Ministries by teaching in a chapel service at Montgomery County Correctional Facility. After my initial trepidation, I began to see the incredible potential for changing the lives of incarcerated men by introducing them to Jesus Christ. Many of the men were at the enviable point in their lives where they genuinely desired a new life and a new way of living.

After several years of teaching in prison, I had the opportunity to teach a bible study to the residents of Liberty House. The experience of teaching men who were transitioning from a life of incarceration to one of freedom in Christ, and freedom in the world, convinced me of the importance of a ministry like Liberty. Men who have been in prison need a safe place to live and time to make changes in the way they want to live after becoming followers of Jesus Christ. Liberty Ministries provides that environment.

Realizing the importance of how Liberty Ministries works in the lives of men led me to join the board of directors and eventually become board chair. Much of my 37 years of professional experience in the business world has been indispensable in leading the ministry in new directions.

In the fall of 2010, I became the Executive Director. It is certainly an honor, privilege, and challenge to be in such a position of leadership. Many changes are taking place in the ministry to make us more responsive to the needs and expectations of our residents, staff and our community. By implementing the best practices available in all areas of our ministry, we are seeking to be the finest faith based residential program for ex-offenders in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Elliott Bennett
Director of Operations

Elliott Bennett has been with Liberty Ministries since March of 2006. He came by way of The Clinic, a non-profit medical center providing medical care to the uninsured, which is located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Elliott was Executive Director of The Clinic, which will see over 11,000 patients this year, from its inception in 2001 until accepting the position of Director of Operations with Liberty Ministries.

In 2001 Elliott retired from a career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He spent his entire career at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Pennsylvania's largest maximum security prison. He began as a Correctional Officer and Sergeant, and held a number of progressively responsible positions until his retirement as a Department Head for Operations.

"I'm excited about this wonderful opportunity to serve my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as Director of Operations for Liberty Ministries. The way in which God worked to get me here was truly miraculous! His timing and confirmation throughout the process has been incredible. It is my hope and daily prayer to be of help in the process of bringing Liberty Ministries to the next level which, I believe the Lord has ordained for this ministry."

Bob Thompson
Brian Jones
Director of Thrift

Brian started working with Liberty Thrift while attending Philadelphia Biblical University as an intern. Shortly thereafter he became the Business Manager for Liberty Thrift. Brian helped move Liberty Thrift's first location in Schwenksville, Pa. to Collegeville, Pa., and was the driving force behind opening store locations in Gilbertsville, Pa., Pottstown, Pa., and Spring City, Pa. In January 2006 Brian assumed the role of Director of Thrift. Today, Brian oversees all of the daily operations of each Liberty Thrift location, as well as future development for Liberty Thrift. He resides in Schwenksville, Pa. with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Gabriella. They attend Abundant Life Bible Church in Trappe, Pa.

Brian is touched by the fact that Liberty is instrumental in recycling, not only material goods but people's lives. "It's great to see material items as God sees us: full of potential, offering us the opportunity to be clean and new again. At Liberty Thrift the same applies: we have gently used goods at terrific prices, all the while offering men and women, in jail and recently released, another chance at life."

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Jonathan Lewis
Director of Residential Program

Jonathan Lewis has worked for Liberty Ministries, and has been
involved with numerous reentry initiatives and strategies, since 2004. He has received training in Organizational Administration for Nonprofit Correctional Ministries from the Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM) and is a graduate of Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL. Jonathan has studied prison culture and various re-entry strategies and practices in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Louisiana. In addition, he has worked with several non-profit organizations to address the needs of marginalized citizens and at-risk youth.

Jonathan is primarily concerned with prison populations and the ex-offender’s access to improved life chances and upward social mobility. He is particularly interested in Biblical conceptual models after the order of restorative justice, economic sustainability and social reconciliation. Jonathan is skilled in program development, management, training, mediation and conflict resolution techniques. 

“Based on personal experience, formal training and Biblical studies, I believe that I am in a unique position to help disciple the residents of Liberty and guide the ministry in the direction that the Lord has prescribed. With much prayer, and the help and support of a dynamic staff, I look forward to accomplishing great things for Christ and His kingdom.”

Jonathan, and his wife Genea, attend Bethlehem Baptist Church in Spring House, PA. Jonathan also serves as an advisory board member for Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA) and In His Service Inc.

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Steve Poloway
Director of Prison Programs & Volunteers

As a part of the Liberty Ministries team of dedicated workers, it has brought me tremendous joy and satisfaction in knowing that a difference is being made in the lives of the men and women we are serving. I have been involved with the Ministry since 2008 when hired as a Resident Assistant, working with the men on a daily basis and leading them in the recovery program "Celebrate Recovery".

Along with being involved at Liberty Ministries, my wife Debbie and I minister to the needs of incarcerated men and women in Montgomery County Correctional Facility and the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Pa. This gives us great satisfaction in providing faith and hope to those struggling with life?s issues and guiding them to the hands of Jesus Christ. My current position, Prison Program Director, gives me the 0pportunity to work with all the volunteers that go into the prison system, providing support and resources for any of their needs. I also coordinate the application process for any potential new volunteers.

One of the best reasons for being involved with Liberty Ministries is the outpouring of commitment and care by the staff, board members, and volunteers to those whom Liberty Ministries helps, specifically the men and women in Montgomery County Correctional Facility, and the men in SCI Graterford, helping them realize that a new beginning in rebuilding their lives and their families is possible, by and through the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Bob Thompson
John Fleming
Lead Resident Assistant

John Fleming has recently accepted the position of Lead Resident Assistant at Liberty Ministries. John first came to Liberty Ministries in 2002 as a Phase One Resident. He graduated our program in 2003. Soon thereafter he became one of our Resident Assistants.

Looking for an opportunity to gain more experience with helping others, John accepted a position at New Life Youth & Family Services in 2006. John began working with teens who were struggling with drugs, family issues and criminal behavior. John became the Case Manager for New Life's Life Skills program, mentoring the more mature youth in living independently, applying for jobs, continuing their education, and encouraging them to pursue a relationship with the God.

Due to the dynamic impact Liberty Ministries had on John's life, he maintained a personal relationship with many of the ministries' workers, volunteers and residents. In October 2009, John had the privilege of giving his personal testimony at Liberty Ministries' Annual Banquet which was received in high regard.

In the early months of 2010, John once again, jumped at the opportunity to join Liberty's team as a Part-time Resident Assistant. Since accepting the position of Lead Resident Assistant in January of this year, John has fully embraced the opportunity to affect the lives of others in the same way Liberty Ministries continues to do for him.




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