Dr. Edwin S. Davis has spent most of his life in education, first as a public school teacher and then as Professor of Political Science at Sam Houston State University for 43 years. He became involved in prison ministry through Kairos in 1996 and in 2001, was employed as Coordinator of Restorative Justice for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and continues to serve in that capacity. Davis is also Director of Camp Good News, a Christian camp for children of the incarcerated aged 10-15 years. He is committed to reducing recidivism, assisting families of the incarcerated and ending “the school to prison pipeline” by teaching restorative practices. Davis holds undergraduate degrees from the University of North Texas, the PhD degree from Texas Tech University and the Education for Ministry Certificate from the University of the South (Sewanee).
Dr. Vance L. Drum served as Director of Chaplaincy Operations in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prior to his retirement in 2017. From 1985-2012, he was chaplain at TDCJ’s Eastham Unit near Huntsville. He has been active in the American Correctional Association, serving as president of its affiliate, the American Correctional Chaplain’s Association. Vance is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Murray State University, Florida College and received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Abilene Christian University. He lives with his wife of 41 years, pastors a church, and continues to serve as a volunteer at the Eastham Unit.
Mr. Harmon has many years of experience volunteering with Texas Department of Criminal Justice Chaplaincy. Upon retirement his heart was led into prison ministry. He became a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant and began facilitating Life Changes classes at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Touching the heart of the untouchable is a gift of Eddie and his leadership skills have been proven through his years of service. His weekly ministry to medium and closed custody offenders at the Wynne Unit continues to date while he also serves as Chairman of Elders at Covenant Fellowship of Huntsville.
Dr. James Mathew is an ordained Christian minister who also has served as a chaplain with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary. His PhD is in International Development with specialization in Christian Leadership. Mathew was born and raised in India and pursued his graduate studies in the United States, which gives him the added advantage of skillfully working cross-culturally with people in various contexts. James often speaks here in US and travels to South Asia to train Christian Leaders.
Ms. Jan Solomon, wife of our founder, met Emmett at Bob Jones University in Greenville South Carolina and got her first introduction to jail ministry “every weekend.” She worked with the women, the guy she would marry tended to the men. She learned “prison ropes” at the Eastham Unit living in state housing while Emmett served as chaplain. For many years Jan taught school in four districts and the Texas Department of Corrections with Windham Schools. Currently she teaches in the College of Education at her master’s degree Alma mater, Sam Houston State University. Ms. Solomon has in her career served in many leadership positions associated with public education.
Mr. Goodwin served as Executive Director for Recovery Center Huntsville prior to his appointment at RJMN Texas. He was mentored in restorative justice practices by RJMN founder Emmett Solomon while under the leadership of former Executive Director Bill Kleiber. Ron is a graduate of The Therapon Institute Louisiana and the Houston Community College System. He is Board Certified in Belief Therapy and accomplished in reentry counseling. A passion for Biblical solutions in criminal justice impacts his daily agenda at RJMN Texas.