Our Staff

Since City of Refuge strives for optimum results, we are under the direction of the best! Our internal team is made up of a diverse group of professionals with an expansive range of expertise in program development and evaluation, nonprofit management, fund development, technology solutions, financial management, event management, communications strategies, and more. Collectively, we aim to deliver responsive services and programs of the highest quality to the residents of our neighborhood. While everyone brings a different set of expertise, they all share one goal: to transform lives.

Bruce Deel

Chief Executive Officer
Rebuilding broken lives, restoring lost dreams, reigniting flames of hope-it’s why we do what we do.

Jeff Deel

Chief Operation Officer
Our success lies in our commitment to long obedience in one direction, the direction to which we have been called.

Terry Tucker

Chief Strategy Officer
True transformation doesn’t happen accidentally. City of Refuge’s approach to changing lives and communities is purposely designed to have lasting impact.

The leaders and staff at City of Refuge are not here to merely make a living. Instead, they have a unique commitment to enable the world around them to live more amply. These chosen individuals offer greater vision with a more keen spirit of achievement and hope. Our leaders are here to enrich the world around them.

Kelsi Deel

Director of House of Cherith
The positive vibe that City of Refuge emits is intoxicatingly contagious.

Steve Grimes

Affiliates Ambassador
City of Refuge is where the wounds and hurts of life find a place of hope that heals.

Jeannie Ross

Director of Good Works Employment
We rise by lifting others.

Lauren Allgood

Director of Strategy and Development
City of Refuge is bringing hope and compassion to individuals in need and making a lasting impact in the entire Westside.

Randy Lee

Campus Chaplain
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

Seth Lingenfelter

Housing Administrative Director
Love is something we must choose to live out each day.

Kassi McCoy

Director of Human Resources
The ministry we choose to be a part of is a way of life, not just a one time experience.

Matt McCoy

Director of Operations for the NAPA Auto Training Center
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Linda Newton

Senior Director, Strategy and Development
There is an undeniable joy on our campus that radiates hope in the midst of despair.

Oliver Jackson

Director of Facilities
City of Refuge is not a job. It is a privilege to be chosen and used in the community which I grew up.

James Reed

Director of Case Management
The African Proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is evident in the works at the City of Refuge.

Greg Washington

Director of Youth Programming, Level Up
This generation is one of the most faithful, but not to our words; they are faithful to the life lessons that our actions teach them.