Who We Are

Vita Alligood
Executive Director
(United Methodist)

Vita Alligood joined Yokefellow Prison Ministry of N.C., Inc. in October 2017 as Executive Director. She has a law degree from Duke University and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Discipleship & Church Ministry cognate, from Liberty University. Vita came to Yokefellow after a career in Corporate America, where she worked as a technical writer, instructional designer, and online college instructor. She has a long history of volunteerism with nonprofits, including Helpline of Durham, North Carolina’s Guardian ad Litem program, and Erwin Montessori Elementary School, where she was awarded Guilford County School’s Volunteer of the Month. Vita served on the Board of Directors for two nonprofits providing online support for adult survivors of child abuse: Isurvive and Lori’s Song. She has also been leading Bible studies through her local church since 2004. Contact Vita Alligood at yokefellowprisonministrync@gmail.com or 336-724-9801.

 

Carlton Gooding
State Developer
(Baptist)

Carlton Gooding is Yokefellow’s State Developer.  Carlton was raised in a Christian, Bible-centered home in Kinston, North Carolina.  His parents were simple, hard working people who focused their lives on worship and service to God and His church.  His mother’s patience and his father’s steadfastness in the Christian faith, along with other devout teachers and people who nurtured him in the Christian faith, helped set the path for his own life and ministry.

When Carlton responded to Christ’s invitation in a personal way, he was baptized in the First Baptist Church of Kinston, North Carolina, where his faith was nurtured, and he later sensed a calling to ordained ministry as his life’s vocation.  His family and church have always had a profound influence on his life.  The things He treasures most are the love of his own family, his wife and six children, the ministry, and the pastoral care God has called him to within the church.

Out of his love of family, including the family of God, his desire is to continue in ministry beyond his 25 years of experience as a Chaplain, Retired, (LTC) in the Army Reserve Component,  20+ years of experience as a Federal Prison Chaplain, in 5 different institutions throughout the United States and pastoring in NC, WVU, and MD.  His desire is to continue serving God in ministry, using his spiritual gifts and diverse ministry experiences to nurture others in God’s care.

He loves God’s Word and God’s people, wherever they may be in life’s circumstances, and is grateful to serve in this capacity, yoked with other believers in Christ.  Contact Carlton Gooding at yokefellownc.statedeveloper@gmail.com  or 336-740-0392.


Executive Committee

David Morton
President
(Baptist)

David Morton, President of the Board for Yokefellow Prison Ministry of North Carolina, had a career with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons and the N.C. Department of Correction that provided experiences in program creation, development, oversight and management of prison programming and re-entry. In the roles of chaplain and administrator, David developed and managed ministries to address the religious, emotional, and physical needs of many disenfranchised people.

Prior to his retirement from the Bureau of Prisons in 2012, David was responsible for national-level faith-based programs and multi-faith restorative/re-entry programs. He supervised administrative chaplains and non-chaplaincy staff in locations across the U.S., and he managed a program serving 200,000+ inmates.  David managed a nationwide mentoring program for ex-offenders, a program that was created for the Bureau of Prisons in response to the great need for aftercare and mentoring for inmates reconnecting with the community. This program also included elements to address the needs of families and communities receiving the re-entering inmate.

Reverend Morton currently resides in NC with his wife, Linda.  He has worked with Yokefellow Prison Ministry since 1982 as a chaplain and now as the President of the Board for Yokefellow Prison Ministry of NC.  He has served in this capacity since 2015.  David is also the Interim Pastor at the Grove Park Baptist Church in Burlington, NC.

 

Leon Morrow
Vice-President
(United Methodist)

W. Leon Morrow is a member of the Yokefellow Board of Directors.  He is a United Methodist Church Pastor (Elder) appointed to Hickory Grove United Methodist Church (UMC) in Greensboro. Previously, he was appointed to Whitnel UMC in Lenoir for 6 years and to Gilkey UMC in Rutherfordton for 6 years.  Before being called into ministry, he worked for the NC Division of Prisons for 27 years in several capacities, including Staff Psychologist and Superintendent of Western Youth Institution (as well as brief stints as a correctional officer and as a program supervisor). He taught a variety of Criminal Justice Courses for Western Piedmont Community College while working with the prison system.  Leon served on three Epiphany teams (“Kairos” for younger inmates).  He also wrote a yearlong series of monthly columns for the Charlotte Observer Newspaper, including one advocating for higher salaries for Correctional Officers.

 

Priscilla Durkin 
Secretary
(Presbyterian – PCUSA)

Priscilla Durkin is a native Tarheel who has retired from full-time employment to be flexibly available to ministry with family, friends, those affected by incarceration, and others God brings into her path. She is a Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor and former chaplain with NCDPS.

 

 

 

Gary Cagle
Treasurer
(United Methodist)

Gary Cagle is a banker with Fidelity Bank in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Originally from Lexington, NC, Gary is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he majored in analytical finance with a minor in communication.  He spent four years with Fidelity Bank in the Raleigh area before returning to the Triad in 2008 as Vice President and Business Development Officer in Winston-Salem.

With Fidelity Bank, Gary enjoys serving the local business community as a commercial banker with a primary focus on commercial real estate lending.  In addition to Yokefellow, he is active in the community through the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, commercial real estate organizations, the Winston-Salem Home Builders Association, Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, and as a coach for Twin City Youth Soccer.

Gary joined Yokefellow Prison Ministry of North Carolina in early 2015 as Treasurer and has served in that capacity since that time.

 

Christopher Mitchell
Appointed Member
(Non-Denominational)

Christopher Mitchell, is a Christian missionary, entrepreneur, and business owner. Chris has more than 24 years of community service experience at the decision-making Executive Board level. He specializes in the areas of Christian Faith and Evangelistic Services, Public Safety, Community Appearance, WORKFORCE Development, and Leadership Training. His experience includes but is not limited to, Lead in the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, NC, Joint Appearance Commission (JAC) for 10 years. His efforts had a tremendous impact on the City being selected as an “United States All American City” and a “Tree City USA”; serves as a Board of Directors, Executive Board Member for Yokefellow Prison Ministry of NC; Yokefellow Member for 17+ years, he established the Yokefellow Prison Ministry Program in Scotland Correctional Institution (SCI) and serves as Yokefellow Coordinator; Chairman of the Laurinburg-Scotland Reentry Council.  Chairman of the “Tri-County” Southeastern Reentry Council, instrumental in the establishment of this Council which is one the first state-recognized and funded, Reentry Councils in North Carolina., designed to increase “Public Safety,” community awareness and reduce “recidivism” on a larger scale; Reappointed six times by the Secretary, NCDPS to serve on the SCI, Community Resource Council (CRC) since 2005 and was CRC Chairman from 2012-2017; Chris is the SCI 2011-2012 “Volunteer of the Year;” Incorporated the Reentry Program in to SCI; Advisory Council Board Member of Bladen Community College’s, Workforce Development Division; Correlate Leader (Senior Leader) of the Evangelism and Outreach Ministries for his local Church, Kingdom Impact Global Ministries (KIGM), Fayetteville, NC, where he’s directly responsible for the effectiveness of the Evangelism “Outreach” Ministry.

In addition to his Community Service and Workforce Development experience, Chris served in the Military where he was professionally trained and rose to the Rank of “Chief” Warrant Officer in the US Army. He is a “Disabled Veteran” and was “honorably discharged” after serving his Country for close to 18 years. Chief Mitchell specialized in the Ordinance and Logistics fields. He was a critical “Key Leader” in the Headquarters elements of the United States Army’s most “Elite Military Forces.” His service includes, but is not limited to, the Headquarters of the 2nd Brigade (Gulf War Ready Brigade), 82nd Airborne Division, the Headquarters of the 50th Signal (Forced Entry Airborne) Battalion, 35 Signal Brigade, the Headquarters of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), and the Headquarters of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, all based at Fort Bragg, NC.

Chris was an extremely sought after Maintenance Technician and Logistics Tactical Advisor to the Commanders of the 75th Ranger Regiment, all three Special Forces Groups, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and both Active and Reserve components of the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC), geographically dispersed worldwide.  Chris now recognized as a former “Master Rated” Army Jumpmaster, Airborne Ranger and “Highly Decorated” Combat Veteran.

Chris loves the Lord Jesus Christ and his wife, Rosena, who’s a Corporate professional and “the wife of his youth” for 34 years. They have two high-achieving children who are also Community servants.


Board Members at Large

David Canady (Baptist)

C.B. Evans (Episcopal)

Rob Ferry (United Methodist)

Kyle Fishbaugh (Baptist)

Frances Gladden (Church of God in Christ – COGIC)

Michael Llamas (Non-Denominational)

Daniel Palmer (Catholic)

Ken Ripley (United Methodist)

Melvin Solomon (Baptist)

John Tector (Catholic)

Mike Vandiver (Catholic)