Our team of clinicians believe that serving those who are bound by addiction answers the call of God to help others experience freedom in Christ. The treatment team is made up of professional clinicians, interns, pastoral counselors, and volunteers who share this common goal.
Clinical Program Director
Jarod L. Cruthis, MA, Ed.D, LCAS, CSI, QP
Dr. Cruthis is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and a Clinical Supervisor Intern with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. He serves our agency as the Clinical Program Director. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies, a M.A. and Doctorate in Christian Education, and a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Cruthis brings over fifteen years of experience to Loaves and Fishes in the areas of education, pastoral ministry, life coaching, fitness & nutrition, and counseling. His approach to counseling is eclectic and includes interventions such as Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Spiritual integration, as well as holistic wellness modalities. Cruthis believes in treating the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. In addition to his ministry at Loaves and Fishes, Jarod also serves as the Priest of Epicenter Fellowship, a convergent church in Beaufort. Cruthis is also a certified personal trainer and holistic wellness coach.
Executive Director/Substance Abuse Counselor
Rev. David Bruce, M.Div, LCAS
Pastor David Bruce worked in law enforcement for almost two decades during which time he attended and graduated from Salem College with a B.A. in Applied Sociology/Social Work. He felt the call to leave the police department and devote himself to full-time gospel ministry. Pastor Bruce has been serving Calvary Baptist Church in Beaufort, NC since 2003, and earned a Master of Divinity with Counseling degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Bruce has over thirty years of experience dealing with people suffering with addiction related problems. He is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist with the NCSAPPB and specializes in “nouthetic” counseling, which comes from the Bible and is derived from the Greek term, “nouthesia.” The three ideas found in the word nouthesia are confrontation, concern, and change. To put it simply, nouthetic counseling consists of lovingly confronting people out of deep concern in order to help them make changes that God requires. Along with is late wife Teresa, Pastor Bruce began this ministry and continues today as the Executive Director.
Substance Abuse Counselor
Christy Cruthis, BS, AP, Board Registrant
Christy Cruthis works with Loaves and Fishes in the areas of substance abuse and biblical counseling. Her background in social work and church ministry spans nearly fifteen years. Christy is currently completing her Masters in Substance Abuse Counseling at Grand Canyon University and a Master’s in Human Services Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family with Liberty University. Christy is also a CSAC- Registrant with the NCSAPPB. Along with her husband Jarod, Christy co-pastors Epicenter of Beaufort.
Chief Financial Officer/Substance Abuse Counselor
Gabbie Gaskill is the CFO for Loaves and Fishes of Beaufort and a substance abuse counselor. Ms. Gaskill is a CSAC-Registrant with the NCSAPPB and is completing her AA in Human Services with Carteret Community College. Gabbie also works in the area of case management for our patients who are enrolled with Vocational Rehabilitation and other assistance programs. Gabbie and her husband Travis are also very active in ministry at Lighthouse Community Church in Stacy, NC.
Executive Assistant/Substance Abuse Counselor
Bennett Sliter serves as the Executive Assistant to the Clinical Director, a patient advocate, and a substance abuse counselor. Mrs. Sliter also assist our patients with legal and medical issues as well as scheduling and logistics. Bennett is a CSAC-Registrant with the NCSAPPB. Her educational background is in the field of psychology. Bennett is active in ministry with her husband Jesse as well. Bennett serves as the worship leader at Epicenter of Beaufort with her husband Jesse who is the Associate Pastor.
Jim and Jeni Ault – Substance Abuse Counselors (CSAC – Registrants)
Mary Sherwood – CSAC-Registrant
Steve and Sherri Trussell – Nouthetic/Pastoral Counselors
The term “counselor” is a broad term that covers many areas in the helping professions. Each of our staff members’ credentials and education is clearly stated in their bios. At Loaves and Fishes, we offer services from individuals who are “licensed”, “licensed associates”, or “registered” with the NCSAPPB, as well as those that offer non-licensed Biblical counseling. All “registered”, “licensed” or “licensed associates” are under the clinical supervision of a board-approved supervisor. If you have any questions about the level of licensure or terminology, please feel free to contact us or the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board for more information.