Dr. Ashley Brooks
Dr. Ashley Brooks serves as Vice President for Wholistic Care at the Restoration Initiative for Culture and Community. This position seeks to create, communicate, and implement the vision, mission, and overall direction of wholistic services throughout each mission priority. Dr. Brooks earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2008, she founded Restoration Counseling, which eventually merged with The RICC. Restoration Counseling holds a unique view of counseling derived from a Christian Psychology standpoint.
Dr. Kevin Brown
Dr. Kevin Brown serves as Chair of the Social Work Department at Eastern University in Philadelphia. He is a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Southern Sociological Society. Dr. Brown also serves as President of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Orleans in the area of urbanology and is the past president of Trinity Christian Community, a community development non-profit organization in the Hollygrove area of New Orleans.
Benjamin Case hails from Chicago but possesses a Northwest spirit and a New Orleans soul. Places, people, and personal life experiences have shaped the story he lives as an artist. He seeks to encounter and facilitate beauty and restoration in all its wonderful forms. Benjamin received theological honors from Belfast Bible College and a B.A. from The Moody Bible Institute in theology and biblical studies. He is pursuing an M.F.A. from New Saint Andrew’s College in creative writing. He currently teaches and writes for Lekha Ink Publishers and works for The Center for Play & Exploration out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Benjamin’s vocational pursuits include writing, teaching, and leadership.
Enoch Sathiasatchi Charles, originally from the state of Tamil Nadu, India, has been part of the Evangelical-Pentecostal church tradition. He currently serves as Instructional Technologist, at SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary in El Dorado Hills, CA. Having invested the first decade of his educational and professional life in Information Technology and the second in graduate theological education and ministry, Enoch enjoys bringing the two domains together in fulfilling the Lord’s call on his life, especially as a theological educator within the Pentecostal-Charismatic tradition. He is married to his wonderful wife, Stephanie Grace, and they have been blessed with their precious daughter, Zedakah Jesudine, born in June 2017.
Alan Cross was a pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention in Montgomery, Alabama, for 16 years and now serves as a missional strategist for the Montgomery Baptist Association. He works with other groups and churches on racial reconciliation. As the Evangelical Immigration Table’s Southeast Regional Coordinator, Alan also encourages ministry to and advocacy for immigrants and refugees. He is the author of When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus (NewSouth Books, 2014) and Joy Persevering: The Ray and Ruth Bozeman Story of Living in the Better Way of Jesus. He is a graduate ofMississippi State University and Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned an M.Div. in Intercultural Studies. Alan is married with four children, and he is a member of First Baptist Church in Montgomery, where he serves in international ministry and on the missions team.
Erik Garcia is one of the founding board members of the Restoration Initiative for Culture and Community. He was born and raised in New Orleans to Cuban parents and is a local business owner and financial advisor. He is married to Jennifer, and they have three children.
Dr. James Hawkins
Dr. James Hawkins is a counselor at the Joshua Center and pastor In Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned his Ph.D. in counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a focus in marriage therapy. He and his wife Nicola conduct marriage seminars called “A More Excellent Way” across the United States.
Michael Hitch serves as Senior Vice President for the Restoration Initiative for Culture and Community. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is completing a Th.M. in Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University New Orleans. Originally from Alabama, he is married to Julie Hitch, and they have three children.
Jeremy Pippen is a native Mississippian who moved to New Orleans to pursue his M.Div. He is currently a resident Ph.D. student of theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also employed as the Registrar’s Administrator. Jeremy is passionate about the LGBTQ community and is seeking to engage the theological and practical ways in which the church can better minister in this area. Jeremy’s areas of interests are the arts, American culture, and the great outdoors.
Dr. Roy Salgado
Roy A. Salgado, Jr., Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S received his B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in 1995. He received his master’s degree in School Counseling in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2003 from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Salgado currently provides clinical mental health counseling services to members of the English and Spanish speaking communities through his work in private practice where he has served the community since 2003. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Salgado holds a position as a Professor of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Holy Cross where he has been on faculty teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels since 2006. He currently serves as the 2017-2019 Faculty Assembly President for the University of Holy Cross and has been appointed by the Governor of Louisiana to the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners 2018 – 2022.