Grace Ministries is so thankful for its active and involved board, who play a significant role in achieving the vision and goals of the organization.
Our board members from left (top and bottom) to right: Karl and Tracy Kakadelis, Paul and Karen Patti, Dave and Sharon Ober, Alex and Charlotte Marcus, Tom and Debbie Rector, and Cris and Sue Collie (not shown).
Karl was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut. He went on to graduate from Colorado State University with a degree in business and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to begin a career in commercial real estate. A spiritual renewal took place in Karl's life while in Atlanta and he would never be the same. He was trained at Grace Ministries International and went to help establish a Grace Ministries office in the Washington, D.C. area in 1987. He is now the Executive Director of Grace Ministries.
Karl was ordained in 1990 and has received further education from Western Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Tracy were married in 1986, have three children and live in Warrenton, VA.
Edwina came to Grace Ministries to attend a book study. She recognized that the issues of the past were preventing her from walking in the life of Christ, living in freedom and wholeness. She joined the staff at Grace Ministries as a counselor in 2012. Beyond her personal schooling, Edwina has completed Advanced Discipleship Counseling Training.
Edwina is married with two young adult daughters. They attend Hope Christian Fellowship and live in Gainesville, VA.
Ward came to Grace Ministries after 30 years of a Christian life that seemed to have run out of steam, and to focus only on daily performance. After attending a Grace Ministries conference in 2006 and having a personal renewal experience in 2007, Ward signed up for Grace Ministries' two institute training classes. Then after training and acting as a Stephen Minister in 2010-2011, he came on as a counselor with Grace Ministries in 2012. Beyond his personal degrees, Ward has completed Advanced Discipleship Counseling Training.
Ward has been married to his wife for over 30 years with two grown sons. He and his wife attend Fairfax Community Church and have both been active in the Northern Virginia Tres Dias community. Ward is also employed as a senior scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston.
Lorilee came to Grace Ministries through her local church, Grace Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. Her heart's desire was to walk alongside and counsel others where she lived and went to church.
Beyond her degree in accounting, Lorilee has received lay counseling training and has completed Advanced Discipleship Counseling Training with Grace Ministries. During this training, God used His truth to solidify what it means to be a child of God and to have a relationship with Him. Lorilee has been a valued staff member at Grace Ministries since 2012.
Lorilee and her husband, Michael, have been married for 26 years and have two teenage children.
John grew up in South Mississippi and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was involved with Campus Crusade. His campus director encouraged him to visit SCOPE Ministries for counseling, and John's journey into grace began. John attended seminary at Columbia International Seminary. During that time he and his wife, Garvisa, were sponsored to attend a Grace Ministries Conference in Centreville, VA.
The Strouds lived and worked in Indonesia as bi-vocational missionaries for seven years. When they returned to Northern Virginia they were re-acquainted with Grace Ministries through John's friendship with JR Davison. After completing the Grace Life Institute John accepted a call to Grace Life Community Church where he served as Associate Pastor for more than a decade. John joined the staff of Grace Ministries in 2018. He works remotely from Lynchburg, VA where he provides both online and face-to-face counseling. John also manages the ministry's website and works with Karl on special projects. The Stroud's have an adult son named Brian who lives in Leesburg, VA.
Jeanne attended the TrueLife Conference in 2012 followed by the TrueLife Institute and the Advanced Training. Through this training, she learned what it really meant to have a relationship with Christ, depending on and trusting him. After 25 years in the IT Training industry, she came on staff at Grace Ministries as a ministry assistant in 2016.
Jeanne is married to her husband of 26 years, and they have two young adult children. She and her husband attend Hope Christian Fellowship and reside in Warrenton, VA. Jeanne has a B.A. in marketing.