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

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

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.


Leon Morrow
(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 
(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
(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.


Ken Ripley
Appointed Member
(United Methodist)


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)

Melvin Solomon (Baptist)

John Tector (Catholic)

Mike Vandiver (Catholic)