Board of Directors
Charlene calhoun, board president
Charlene Calhoun has been a Jail Chaplain in Hamilton County since 1982. She holds an Associates Degree in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and retired as a Research Chemist from Procter & Gamble in 2007 after 27 years of service. Charlene has been a volunteer chaplain with University Hospital since 1985 and was a Team Leader for CBC foreign mission team in Haiti from 1997 to 2014. She is a volunteer with the Avondale Community Watch Program. Charlene is a founding member of Transforming Jail Ministries.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this--those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south." - Psalm 107:1-3
dryden jones, board Vice President
Dryden Jones served as a worship team member for many years and as a jail chaplain in Hamilton County since 2008. His focus is application of scripture to men's recovery processes. Dryden has worked in the healthcare field for 20 years and for over 10 years with Xavier University. He holds a BA degree from Rollins College and an MBA from Xavier. He currently is a business manager with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College where he has also served as adjunct faculty since 1993. He and his wife Wendy attend Sonrise Church and have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
"God did not send his son into the world to condemn it, but to save it." - John 3:17
mike ehrensberger, board treasurer
Mike Ehrensberger is president of Leveraged Solutions, Inc., a Cincinnati based consulting company focused on the training and development of sales professionals. He has been an active supporter of TJM since its founding. Mike, a life-long resident of Cincinnati, is a graduate of St. Xavier High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree and MBA degree from the University of Cincinnati. He brings a wealth of business and management experience to our board that we feel is needed as TJM moves beyond the founding stage of our ministry.
"With closest custody, guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life." - Proverbs 4:23
Howard E. Martin, board secretary
Howard E. Martin, Jr. worked for 33 years at WKRC retiring as Chief Engineer in 2004. He served as a volunteer jail chaplain for 15 years and helped trained other volunteers in the jail chaplaincy during this time. In 2001, he was instrumental in making it possible to broadcast the Billy Graham Mission to prisoners in Hamilton County. Howard also serves as the Children's Church Pastor at First Baptist Church of London, Ohio. He, and his wife Ida, have 2 children.
"I will lift up my eyes to the hills-from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2
andrew r. lewis, board member
Andrew R. Lewis (PhD.), is a member of Christ the King Church Uptown along with his wife and children. He is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches courses on the intersection of Constitutional Law, Rights Politics, and American Institutions. Dr. Andrew R. Lewis joins TJM as a Board Member to help develop meaningful success measures with an added academic background in the study of religious rights. In addition to serving on the Board for TJM, he is the Director of the Legal Studies Certificate at the University of Cincinnati and Book Review Editor for Politics & Religionat Cambridge University Press. Dr. Andrew R. Lewis is a regular contributor to FiveThirtyEight and other media outlets.
brade weber, board member
Brad Weber has been a volunteer chaplain and worship team member with Transforming Jail Ministries since 2012 and first became involved in jail ministry with the Council on Christian Communities in 1990. Brad gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1983. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH. He and his wife have one son and one grandchild. They have attended Imago Dei Christian Fellowship in West Chester, OH for more than 25 years. He has been involved in the health and safety profession for over 25 years.
sharon schafer (RN, M.A.Ed.), board member
Our newest Board member, Sharon Schafer, graduated as an RN and went on to work in a variety of fields in nursing. Before retirement, her last adventure was in hospice. She has volunteered with Gospel City Mission's Job Plus at the River City Correctional Center as a mentor for women as they prepare to re-enter society. She has been a member of Anderson Hills United Methodist Church for 11 years where she is a Stephen Minister and is active in several areas of church life. She has led Missions in Mexico and Belize and volunteered for Anderson Hills UMC missions in Mexico and Jamaica.
stuart warren, board member ex oficio
Stuart Warren became Transforming Jail Ministry's second Director and CEO on July 1, 2017, succeeding Rev. Jack Marsh. Stuart has previously served in the Kentucky Office of Secretary of State, worked on numerous political campaigns in Kentucky, served as the Student Minister for Christian Student Fellowship at Eastern Kentucky University, and most recently as a researcher and adjunct instructor for the University of Cincinnati.
"I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear." - Philippians 1:12-14