Pastor, Rhema Christian Center in Columbus, OH

President of the DART Board of Directors.

La Fayette Scales is a native of Columbus, Ohio where he grew up in the home of Christian parents. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of twenty-one and was licensed to preach the Gospel in 1973. His greatest desire and focus is to see God’s people grow into their full


Retired pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Lexington, KY

Vice President of the DART Board of Directors.

A native of Decatur, Georgia, Ron Luckey received a B.A. from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary.


Pastor, Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, FL

Treasurer of the DART Board of Directors.

Fr. John Tapp is Secretary for the Office of Worship in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He holds a Master of Arts degree from St. John’s University (Collegeville) in Liturgical Studies. Fr. John has been an instructor for the diocesan Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute (LPMI) for several years, teaching modules on


Canon Missioner for Development, Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, Pensacola, FL

Secretary of the DART Board of Directors.

The Rev. Kathryn Mary (Kammy) Young is currently the Canon Missioner for Development: Evangelism & Mission Engagement for the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in Pensacola, Florida.  From 2011-2017 she served on the faculty of the School of Theology at the University of the South as the director of contextual education and lecturer in contextual theology.


Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, KY

Reverend Joseph Owens is the senior pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church and Co-Chair for DART’s affiliate Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action (BUILD) in Lexington, Kentucky. Owens is a member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees where he just completed his fifth term as chairman.   


Pastor, First Missionary Baptist Church in Winter Haven, FL

Pastor Dollison has a passion for community service and a fearless commitment to confront justice issues in Polk County. That dedication finds expression in his roles as past Co-Chair and current Board Member for the Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment (PEACE) of Polk County, a grassroots social justice organization for positive change.


Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr. was elected and consecrated the 115th Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1996 at Louisville, Kentucky. He was assigned to the 14th Episcopal District which includes six countries in West Africa.


Suzanne Hardie worked at the Procter & Gamble Company for 32 years, starting as an engineer and retiring as a senior Research & Product Development Executive. There she was responsible for: 1) creating and shepherding many new products, brands, and business innovations to market, both Nationally and Internationally; and 2) developing the innovative capability of people and large organizations to deliver the breakthrough programs.


Team Leader at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, FL

Mrs. Florette Young is a member of FAST’s foundational congregation, Bethel Community Baptist Church. Born in Jamaica, she moved to the United States in 1967 and settled in St. Petersburg in 1976. As a registered nurse, Mrs. Young was the owner and operator of an assisted-living

Rev. Nelson Rivers III

Head Pastor, Charity Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston, SC

Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III, was born in Bennett’s Point, SC and is a preacher of the Gospel and civil rights worker. He has preached at churches in 23 states. He is a life long servant in the fight for justice.


Pastor of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange, FL

Native to Wisconsin, Fr. Chris Hoffmann earned a degree in accounting at Marquette University before graduating from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1987 and has had nine assignments.


Founder and Consultant

John Calkins, founder and former Executive Director of the DART Center, grew up in Sugar Grove, Illinois. He went to Northwestern University for his undergraduate studies, and later went into the Peace Corps in 1965 as part of the fourth set of volunteers in the history of the program.  He was placed in Niger in West Africa, where he worked to set up purchasing and crediting cooperatives revolving around cotton for regional African villages.