KPMI Board of Directors

Terry Crockett (IN), Chair
Mr. Terry Crockett makes his home in Carmel, Indiana and Naples, Florida. He graduated from Indiana University and has been married for 48 years with two adult children and one grandson. He retired from the food industry after 37 years, with 28 years as a food broker. He is ordained as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church and served on Session. He attended Zionsville Great Banquet in 1999, served on many teams and served as Community Lay Director for 5½ years along with his wife. He served on his first men's Kairos team in Indiana in 2004 and 10 other number one weekends, both in Indiana and Wisconsin including Indiana Death Row. He has served in various leadership roles in Indiana including State Chapter Committee Chair for two years and as a prison volunteer chaplain. He was elected to serve as an At-Large member of the International Council and served on several IC committees. He was elected to the Board of Directors and has served as Board Treasurer for three years. He is currently serving facilities, both in Indiana and Florida; and has been an Advanced Kairos Training (Inside) Trainer. He is a volunteer chaplain at Collier County Jail in Florida and serving at St. Matthews House in Naples, as well as volunteering with Family Promise and others in Indiana. Kairos is a calling, as Jesus said, "I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures." John 15:16.

Kathleen Cabraja (AZ), Vice Chair for Operations
Kathleen and her husband, Joseph, are the parents of two adult children and have six grandchildren. She has a BS in Education from Geneva College, an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Duquesne University. Prior to practicing law, she taught in public schools and a detention facility for delinquent and dependent youth. She also was employed as an assistant county library administrator and as a public relations representative for a private trade school. During her work career she served on a number of nonprofit boards, including Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Crimesolvers of Beaver, PA, and the Beaver County Bar Association. She served as President of the Beaver County chapter of the National Organization for Women focusing on enforcement of Title IX rights in the public schools.

After practicing as a trial lawyer in Pittsburgh, she and her husband moved to Arizona where she has engaged in numerous volunteer activities including working at All Faith Community Services in Buckeye, AZ, and tutoring and training tutors for the Southwest Valley Literacy Association which teaches English as a second language.

She has been involved in Kairos Outside Phoenix since 2009 as a team member, weekend leader, and AC member. She has served the Kairos Outside Northern Arizona community and has been active in the Kairos Inside Perryville community since the number one weekend in November 2016. She was first elected to the KPMI Board in March 2015 and has served on the Finance and Governance committees. She currently worships at Estrella Mountain Church and is actively involved in a weekly bible study and prayer group.

Von Brister (MS), Vice Chair for Long Range Planning
Von began his Kairos ministry service in 2005 and has served in leadership roles in every level of the ministry. He led a Kairos weekend in 2006, served as his Advisory Council Representative to the State Chapter Committee, served as the Misssissippi State Chair and served for 3 years on the International Council and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015. Von has regularly been asked to support re-organizing Advisory Councils in Florida and recruiting efforts in Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi. Von has a servant's heart and has stepped up to serve in many capacities. He received his business management degree from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in 1957. He has been married to his wife Peggy since 1983 and they have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Von resides in Biloxi Mississippi and is retired from the Heavy-duty truck sales and service management.

Ken Perduyn (AZ), Treasurer
Ken is a native New Yorker whose professional career was wrapped up in various financial positions taking him to Venezuela, New Mexico, Texas and finally Arizona. He has a BA in Accounting from Queens College (NY) and an MBA from University of Texas in Austin. He has been married to Joan since 2000 and between them have 3 adult children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, and live in Gilbert, Arizona. Ken was ordained to the ministry in 2007 and currently serves a clergy role in Kairos Inside.

Beginning in 1986, Ken has served Kairos in several positions including team leader (twice - TX and AZ), as Advisory Council Chair, State of Arizona Chair, and International Council Representative. He has served in numerous #1 weekends including #1 at La Victoria Prison in the Dominican Republic. Ken chaired the recruitment committee 2014-2015. Very active on Kairos Inside teams, he is currently serving at La Palma Correctional Center, a medium security prison in Eloy. Ken is very passionate about his love for Jesus and Kairos. He serves his local church (Central Christian Church of Arizona) as a Life Group Leader, prayer partner, baptizer, soul care advisor and a volunteer staff person. Ken has been a part of a short term mission's team to the Dominican Republic for over 10 years and provides translation help to the team. He preaches at Red Rock Correctional Center on a fairly regular basis.
Joining the Board as a director in 2016, Ken seeks to "deny himself, pick up his cross daily and follow Jesus." My mission is to please an audience of one - Jesus.

Karen Rayer (OR), Secretary
Karen has been active in Kairos Prison Ministry since 2010, following her retirement from full-time work with International Bible Society (later Biblica), where she served 17 years in communications and resource development. Karen served with Kairos Inside in Colorado for 2½ years, serving as a team member in various capacities, as Weekend leader in 2012, and as State Treasurer. She moved to Portland, OR, in 2013 to live near her three children and their spouses and her seven grandchildren. Karen quickly became involved with Kairos of Oregon, serving in Kairos Outside and as Oregon's International Council Representative from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, she was elected to the Kairos Board of Directors. Karen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stanford University, and she continues her communications work as a contractor for a Christian publisher. She is a member of Cedar Mill Bible Church in Portland, OR, where she serves as a greeter, is involved in Bible studies, and is active with the church's seniors group.

Emma Jones (CA)
Ms. Jones was a Federal Government employee for a number of years. Shortly after relocating to California Ms Jones left the Government and worked for a technology company that manufactured radar warning systems for the military. Currently Ms Jones works for the social services agency in her county of residence. Emma has been a Kairos Prison Ministry volunteer for over twenty years. She has been a team member on both Outside and Inside weekends. Emma has been a weekend leader. She has served on the Northern California Kairos Outside Advisory Council, and the California State Chapter Committee. Emma was elected to the Kairos Board of Directors in 2012.

Larry (Buck) Rodgers (TX)
Larry has served with Kairos Prison Ministry International since 1998. He was involved in the new-start at the Jim Rudd Unit, and the Torch Harris County Leadership Academy in Houston, TX. He held several positions as a Kairos Inside Weekend Leader, clergy coordinator for Kairos of Texas, Kairos of Texas executive committee, and International Council Representative. Kairos has been an integral part of his life and it was in Kairos ministry that he found his faith renewed and the call to share Christ love to all who have been impacted by incarceration. He was born in Dallas, TX and has a beautiful wife Lillie and three children; he served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman aboard a nuclear submarine during the Vietnam Era, and the Cold War. He is now a Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank Engineer Technician and is certified in hazardous waste material and a first responder in waste spill incidents. He attended Sunset International Bible Institute; he has a Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry from Wayland Baptist University and is completing his Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary. He attends Lakeridge United Methodist Church.

Lettie Carr (MD)
Chaplain Carr began her career as an Associate Engineer with RCA. She is a graduate of Smith College, the University of Michigan Law School, and both the CGC and COR Bible Institutes. She went on to practice law with Piper and Marbury, Baltimore, Maryland; serve as the coordinator for the National Bar Association Black Elderly Legal Assistance Project; and eventually become a partner with the law firm of Jessamy, Fort & Botts in Washington, D.C., before leaving the practice of law to serve as Administrative Chaplain at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. She has served in that capacity since 1995 and has the responsibility of managing and overseeing all religious educational and worship activities, as well as providing counseling, preaching, and teaching. Chaplain Carr currently serves as an Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Landover, Maryland. She is married and has 2 children.

Lee Turner (GA)
Lee grew up in East Texas and after a career in the United States Air Force and a 2nd career managing his computer consulting firm, he began a life of service in Fourth-Day ministries. After completing the Walk to Emmaus in 2004, Lee began serving in Kairos and The Walk to Emmaus. Lee served in the Georgia State Chapter Committee and the International Council, eventually becoming the 4th President of the International Council. He has used his talents in web design to create the volunteer website He is a competitive pistol and rifle shooter, traveling all over the United States to compete. Lee has been married to his wife Jean since 1982 and they live in Valdosta, GA with their dog "AR." They have one son and one grandson. Lee was elected to the Kairos Board of Directors in 2016.

Vicki Spurgeon (OK)
Vicki Spurgeon is the mother of one young adult and has made Lawton, Oklahoma her home for 26 years. She has served as managing attorney of the Great Plains Child Support Office since 1985 and continues in that role with Great Plains Improvement Foundation, the local Community Action Agency. St. Paul's United Methodist Church is her church home where she serves as Lay Leader. Vicki has a passion to serve in mission. She has participated in seven Volunteer in Missions (VIM) journeys to locations in Kenya, Rio Bravo Mexico, Alaska, Israel and Haiti and been team leader for five VIM's for groups to Israel, Haiti, and Cookson Hills in Oklahoma. She is a certified lay speaker and has led services, devotions and other worship opportunities upon invitation by churches, UMW, and study groups. She teaches Sunday School and adult bible studies (with emphasis on women's studies) and participates in others for personal spiritual growth. Vicki is a member of the Great Plains Emmaus Community, and has served as Community Lay Director as well as having participated in and spoken at many of the women's weekends and as Lay Director for Great Plains Women's Walk to Emmaus #44. Since 2003 Kairos Prison Ministry has been a huge part of her life. She participates in and mentors at Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou. She has served at all levels of the ministry and chaired the local Advisory Council and the Oklahoma State Chapter Committee. Before being elected to the Board of Directors, she was the Oklahoma International Council Representative where she served as chair of the Ministry Coordination Committee.

Kelvin Thompson (GA)
Kelvin Thompson, resides in Alpharetta, GA with his family including 3 beautiful children and is the Owner/President of Lord Thompson Enterprises, Inc., an automotive industries related business. He formerly was an executive with Hewlett-Packard Corporation with over 25+ years in various business, sales/marketing and strategy/operations roles. He left HP in 2007 to acquire Perry's Auto Auction in Swainsboro, GA.

Mr. Thompson has been a lifelong community servant and volunteer including a former Board member of Habitat for Humanity, N. Fulton GA. He has been an active Kairos Prison Ministry volunteer since 2001 across the State of GA in various capacities. He and his family have attended Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Roswell, GA which boasts one of the largest active Kairos communities in the U.S. He also serves as a deacon and music director/worship leader at Zion. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his community and civic involvement.
Mr. Thompson attended Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio and continued his life-long learning via graduate and management curriculums at the Goizueta Executive Development program at Emory University and the Harvard Business School Executive Program, Boston, MA. Mr. Thompson has advised and serves as a volunteer classroom lecturer for the Junior Achievement (JA) program of Georgia for their youth business development initiative.

Steve Smith (AR)
Steve has had a lifelong love of the hills and streams of Arkansas and has lived in Russellville since 1970. He was raised on the banks of the Buffalo River where he camped and fished at every opportunity. He has been married to Becky for 40 years, is father to Stacy and Andrew, and Pops to 4 grands. He is a musician and has been leading music in the 1st United Methodist church for the past 30 years and on Kairos Weekends for the past 20. He began his Kairos journey in 1995 on Kairos #4 at the Pine Bluff Unit. He has served in 2 adult facilities in Arkansas in many different capacities. He was part of the Torch ministry for several years when it began in Arkansas and has volunteered with Kairos Outside. He served on the State Chapter Committee for 2 terms. He has been employed by AXA Advisors for 40 years as a financial advisor in Russellville.

Steve loves music, fishing and canoeing, but defers to whatever his grandchildren have in mind most of the time. He was working on an Emmaus weekend in the kitchen in 1995 when he felt God calling him, in a way that he had never before experienced. He was certain that this was something he was supposed to do and has never regretted it for one moment. He counts Kairos as one of the biggest blessings of his life.

Daniel S. (Dan) Preston (TN)
Dan was born February 11, 1945 in Knoxville, TN and graduated Knoxville Fulton HS in 1963. He lived in Knoxville until November 1966. Dan spent 45 years in the broadcast industry as a TV cameraman at various TV stations and Production Houses, then worked as a local TV producer and director, and then moved to Nashville in December 1976. In Nashville, he worked for The Nashville Network as a Video Engineer and when TNN was sold to Viacom he moved into technical maintenance until his retirement in 2008.

Dan married Cathy in 1987 and between the two, they are blessed with two sons and one daughter, as well as five grandsons and one great granddaughter. Dan went on the Emmaus walk in October 1987 in Nashville and became very involved with Emmaus and the Chrysalis programs, serving as Lay Director for both programs as well on both Boards of Directors.

Currently, Dan is very active in Kairos Prison Ministry having served as Advisory Council Chair for 8 years, TN Kairos State Chapter Chair for 2 years, and the International Council for Kairos Prison Ministry for 3 years. He has also assisted in starting two Kairos Communities, one Men’s and one Women’s, both in Nashville.

Dan currently works part-time as a starter for a golf course in Nashville. In their spare time, Cathy and Dan enjoy traveling in their motorhome with their cat Ashlyn, and spending time with family.

Bryan L. Wheeler (OK)
Bryan and his wife Ida have been married since 1973, their marriage produced one son. They now have a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren and reside in Lawton, Oklahoma. Bryan served in the military for more than 20 years as an enlisted man, Non-Commissioned Officer, and Commissioned Officer, retiring as a Major in 1992.

Following his retirement from the military, Bryan earned certifications in life insurance sales and as a Registered Principal for investments, he continues in that business today. Bryan completed his civilian education in 1985 with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Bryan’s volunteer career in Kairos Prison Ministry started in 2001, following his Walk to Emmaus Weekend. Bryan’s first program involvement was in Kairos Torch, where he has served in various team positions in the conference room and in the background including co-leading a weekend. He and Ida continue to be involved on teams and on the local Advisory Council. In 2006, he and Ida were invited to become trainers for the Kairos Torch program and remain active in that capacity today. In 2009, he was appointed by the Kairos of Oklahoma State Chair to fulfill an unexpired term as the state’s representative to the international governing body. Bryan was subsequently elected and reelected to serve in that same capacity to the maximum authorized tenure. During his tenure on the International Council, he served on the Kairos Torch Program Committee as a member and ultimately as the Co-Chair, on the Excellence Initiative Task Force as a member, and on the Ministry Coordination Committee as a member, and ultimately as the Co-Chair completing his service on the International Council in 2016. In 2012, Bryan was appointed as the pastor of a non-denominational Christian church. Bryan and Ida now attend The Community Church of Lawton, where he serves as a volunteer pastor. In 2015, he began his second program involvement in Kairos Inside, participating in monthly reunions and as Clergy during weekends. Bryan was elected to the Kairos Prison Ministry Board of Directors in 2017.

Susan Dyer (IN)
Susan Dyer began volunteering for Kairos in 2008. She finds joy working beside the hands and feet of the ministry. She began in the ministry like many, after attending a Weekend Closing. She has acted on a local level with two Advisory Councils, served as Weekend Leader, Advisory Council Chair, State Chapter Representative, and Facility Liaison. On a state level, she has served as Advisory Council Coordinator, Advanced Kairos Training Coordinator and currently co-chairs a monthly Weekend Leadership telephone conference. Nationally, she had led and co-led seminars at Kairos National Conferences and currently is an Advisory Council Training trainer. Susan considers getting to know and encouraging the volunteers of Kairos a true blessing.

She and her husband, Michael, are the parents of a married daughter who lives in the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of Ivy Tech State College, she later held a position on the Business Administration Advisory Board. Susan and Michael are owners of a communication business, founded in 1989. The business has been awarded the FUSE Business Innovation Award, the Bill Cook Entrepreneurship Award and Kelly School of Business Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship Award. A passion to advocate for the least of these, she has volunteered in her community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate followed by a Board of Directors position. A member of Bible Study Fellowship since 2000, she considers her leadership roles to have been great influence for learning to lead in the cause for Christ. She enjoys traveling with Michael, the company of two Norwich Terriers - Lola and Iris, cooking, and hiking the Sonoran Desert. In all things, Susan finds reason to rejoice and praise God.

Thomas G. McCarty, International Council President, Ex-Officio
Tom joined God’s team while a teenager in Cleveland, Ohio. As he says,
“It was not a Damascus experience. There was no blinding light, no audible voice from heaven. I simply decided to turn my life over to Him and let Him direct my footsteps from that point forward. I have never—repeat, never—regretted that decision.”

After college (Oberlin) and graduate school (Yale, The University of Michigan), God led Tom into his chosen career, that of a college professor of Classics (Latin, Greek, and ancient history). Seven years later, God had other plans for him, steering him to the profession of nonprofit fundraising, a calling that he has practiced—as a staff member and (currently) as an independent consultant—for more than 40 years.
He began his Kairos “life” after his son, Gordon, an inmate in the Virginia prison system, and his wife of now 50 years, Marilyn, gave him glowing reports of their experiences in KI and KO. Having now completed well over a dozen walks and having served in governance, volunteer, and participant roles at the local, state, and international levels, Tom is sold on the ministry as THE best way he has ever seen to change incarcerated men’s and women’s lives. Fortunate to have been previously selected as an officer in the International Council (Secretary and Vice President), he said “yes” to God’s beckoning him in 2017 to act as servant leader/ President of the IC, beginning in 2017.

Besides Marilyn and older son, Gordon, Tom has a younger son, Glenn, a marvelous daughter-in-law, Danielle, and two beloved grandchildren. He lives in Midlothian, Virginia (just outside of Richmond) with his wife and three active, but always interesting, cats. When not engaged in his work or Kairos, Tom finds time to swim, play the trumpet, and read Christian fiction.

Evelyn Lemly, Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio
Evelyn Lemly is the CEO of Kairos Prison Ministry International, where she has been a catalyst for positive change since January 2013. Evelyn embraces a vison and makes it reality through her sound decision making. She is an inspirational leader respected for her incredible work ethic and integrity. Evelyn earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.

Under her leadership the ministry currently serves in nearly 500 institutions and communities throughout the world sharing God's love and forgiveness to those affected by incarceration.
Evelyn's experience spans the corporate and nonprofit ministry sectors in areas of executive leadership, strategic planning, program and business development, fundraising, marketing and communications including brand innovation, creative development and media relations. Her passion for the ministry is demonstrated by her tireless work on behalf of men, women, youth and their families affected by incarceration. She serves on the advisory board of Correctional Ministries and Chaplain Association and the advisory board of The Institute for Prison Ministries, a department of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. She participates and hosts the Fourth Day Ministries annual forum and also serves as Secretary on the Executive committee of COPE, the Coalition of Prison Evangelist. She is a supportive and active leader in her church.

Evelyn earned her Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University and her MBA from Columbia Business School at Columbia University in New York.