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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer/Substance Abuse Counselor
Gabbie Gaskill, AAS, CPSS, CSAC-R
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, a Certified Peer Support Specialist, and has earned her Associates in Applied Science in Human Services Technology from Carteret Community College. She is currently enrolled at Lees-McRae College and is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. 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.
Thrift Store Director
Jonathan Lamm is an integral member of our staffing team at Loaves and Fishes. Jonathan completes store operational requirements by scheduling and assigning residents and following up on work results. Jonathan also maintains therapeutic relationships with our residents to further their work ethic and to fulfill the Great Commission. Currently, Jonathan is growing our organization to help the community by leading as an example for those who are stuck in the bondage of addiction. As we have expanded, his talents and intellectual capabilities have provided the community of Beaufort, NC with the necessities to live a great life. In addition to maintaining the thrift store, he helps coordinate the Loaves and Fishes food bank, which has distributed over a million pounds of food to the community since its beginning.
Assistant Thrift Store Manager
Krystal Owens, CSAC-R
Krystal Owens is an essential part of our recovery team at Loaves and Fishes of Beaufort. Krystal collaborates and maintains store operations by providing services to the community in the name of Christ. Joining Loaves and Fishes in 2016, her main focus has been on bringing people to Christ through acts of service and by the way she lives. Currently, Krystal is progressing towards obtaining her substance abuse license via the NCSAPPB and wants to help those who are in active addiction to live the best life they possibly can.
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.