Board of Directors

We are proud to present our board of directors, a team of committed professionals who desire to see Jesus on display in the lives of our men. These men and women all have ties to addiction in one-way, shape or form, they have walked the journey to recovery or have walked the journey with a loved one. By walking the personal path of recovery, one knows, deeply, the challenges faced in recovery. Below are the stories of these men and women.

A special level of thanks goes to the past members of our board of directors: Kevin Kimbrough, Alex MacKinnon, Guy Glass, JC Caretta, Chris Lohden, and Lindsay Carr.  These men and women have given their time, talent, and energy to help make Timothy Initiative what it is today. They have displayed a heart for Jesus, a love for recovery, and a belief in what we do through their service.  Their commitment on the board helped create TI’s ten-year legacy and will help create our future as we serve men in need and grow the program.  We are deeply grateful.

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Pastor George Wood

Executive Director

Our founder, executive director, and pastor. Through his lived experiences with addiction, he has been able to touch the lives of hundreds of addicts seeking recovery.


Michael Maddux


Mr. Maddux is a board-certified criminal trial lawyer who practices personal injury and civil rights litigation as well. In his nearly 30 years of practice, he’s had the good fortune of helping Timothy initiative men surmount legal hurdles. His love of Jesus inspires him to help bring “freedom to the captives“.  Whether it be men struggling with homelessness, addiction, or mental health challenges, we are called to serve.  For Michael, TI provides a powerful way to make a difference.  You can learn more about Michael and at his firm’s website


Edwin Epperson

Vice President

"Hello, my name is Edwin. I am a Christian, husband, father and entrepreneur... in that order. I joined the Timothy Initiative because I believe in what our Lord has begun, continues to do, and has planned for George and his ministry of reconciliation and restoration. Restoring broken men as pillars in their family, community, and the city is what will curb the epidemic of fatherless homes, violence, addiction, and suicides that plague our culture. The Timothy Initiative provides a community of encouragement, accountability, and well-being all focused and pointing towards Jesus. I am honored to be a part of a ministry that is giving back in such a tangible and meaningful way."


Will Barrett


Will was a part of the original team that started the Timothy Initiative alongside George Wood. At the time, he was a USF student with a passion for helping those affected by homelessness. He has since graduated with degrees in Economics and Finance and he is now on his third start-up venture. He is now the VP of Content at Threshold 360, a tech startup based in Tampa. He lives in the neighborhood and loves connecting with our men when he's not chasing around his son, Liam. 


Guy Waters


Native of Florida, graduated from Tarpon High and attended Florida State University. Went to work in a family Insurance Agency in 1978. Along with his brother in 1991 he founded Clearwater Underwriters, Inc,  Guy’s wife joining in 1994. This past year (2021) the firm sold. Guy will continue on as office manager. Guy has 2 incredible sons and an awesome daughter. A favorite scripture is Romans 12:1-2. Renewing the mind after salvation is immense. A hope Guy has is to mentor TI men to understand a relationship with Jesus Christ means they now carry the very righteousness of Jesus.

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Chris Bryant


By the Grace of God, Chris Bryant has 7 years of continuous sobriety. Chris came through the Timothy Initiative in January 2011 and graduated in February 2013. He claims "If it wasn’t for this ministry, who provided me with a much-needed foundation in Jesus Christ I wouldn’t be here today." Chris reunited with his wife Lisa and son Nicholas in 2013 after finding freedom in Christ. He has found his life purpose in sharing his testimony with others battling life long addiction. Chris joined the board in 2019 to serve the men of the Timothy Initiative. 


Russell Johnson


Russel T. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Tampa’s non-profit business management class. Russel started the ministry God’s Pedal Power in 1997. Through his ministry’s efforts, over 6000 residents were provided with bicycles, bibles, helmets, and laws honoring the disabled, poor, and neglected. In 2001, Russell began working with Young Life as the area director to impact the lives of inner city teens and introduce them to Christ. He and his wife Leslie, along with their family, are a part of the greater Tampa Bay community. Russell volunteers on the Hillsborough Education Foundation, the board of New Springs Development, and as a co-chair with the Oasis Board.


Scott Haefele


Scott is a licensed Physical Therapist that specializes in regenerative medicine and home health care services. His Home Health agency is located in Clearwater, Florida; servicing Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

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Bruce Johnson


Bruce Johnson is a Vice President and Tampa Branch Representative with Insurance Office of America.  His professional credentials include a business degree in Risk Management & Insurance from FSU and a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation from The Institutes.  He’s also authored the Amazon Best Selling book EARN IT, OWN IT.  In their spare time, Bruce and his wife Beth operate an informal street level ministry called God’s Gofers that serves the homeless and hungry.  His personal interests include fitness, traveling, boating and mixed martial arts.