Jake , Founder and CEO of God Behind Bars, has had a passion to befriend those who are far from God almost as long as he can remember. Having grown up in a HUGE ministry family, he found God dealing with him in recent years in an unconventional way: To bring hope and a promise to the most unloved. To bring transformational life change, in fact, to those in prison. Jake was recently asked why he cares so much for society’s “losers.” His reply: “If you don’t believe in radical grace and second chances for every single person, how can you truly believe in salvation? In Galatians 5 Paul sums up the entire law in one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” God’s limitless heart is truly about people loving people.” In the past few years God has shaped Jake’s unique vision: To take God Behind Bars across America and around the world. He lives with his wife and two children in Henderson, Nevada.
Matt works for Wells Fargo on a team of professional investment managers. Originally from Albuquerque, N.M., he came to Las Vegas in 2002 to attend UNLV, from which he graduated with a degree in business. As a board member of God Behind Bars, Matt hopes to change people’s lives all over the world. Matt lives in Henderson, Nevada.
Bob was a teacher in the Clark County, Nevada, school system for more than 25 years. For part of that time he was director of the metropolitan area’s juvenile justice system. He was head care pastor at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas for a number of years and now serves as God Behind Bars Chief of Global Resource Development. Bob has worked for and consulted with numerous non-profit organizations in the Las Vegas valley. He lives with his wife in Henderson, Nevada.
Dianne Ranney has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She taught high school business classes for twenty-eight years for the Clark County School District. Before she retired, Dianne teamed up with an English teacher to co-teach business and English in a corporate office setting, which was vey innovative at the time. Their class was a member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and they provided their students with such things as mentors from the local business community, a Toastmasters chapter in their classroom, and job shadow opportunities. She is now working with God Behind Bars in the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dianne is the director of the Media Art’s Studio in the prison, where she has taken her innovative ideas and tailored them towards inmates. The Media Arts Studio is a re-entry program that trains inmates in video, graphic arts, and workplace basic skills while providing graphic arts services to the community. Dianne has been married to her husband for thirty-nine years; they have four adult children. Dianne and her husband love to spend time with their family, travel whenever they can, camp when necessary, and jeep in extreme and remote places.