Our Team

Our team of clinicians believe that serving those who are bound by addiction answers the call of God to help others experience freedom in Christ. The treatment team is made up of professional clinicians, interns, pastoral counselors, and volunteers who share this common goal.

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Executive Director

Rev. David Bruce, M.Div, LCAS
Phone: 252-732-4867
Email: dbruce@loavesandfishesnc.org

Pastor David Bruce worked in law enforcement for almost two decades during which time he attended and graduated from Salem College with a B.A. in Applied Sociology/Social Work. He felt the call to leave the police department and devote himself to full-time gospel ministry. Pastor Bruce has been serving Calvary Baptist Church in Beaufort, NC since 2003, and earned a Master of Divinity with Counseling degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Bruce has over thirty years of experience dealing with people suffering with addiction related problems. He is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist with the NCSAPPB and specializes in “nouthetic” counseling, which comes from the Bible and is derived from the Greek term, “nouthesia.” The three ideas found in the word nouthesia are confrontation, concern, and change. To put it simply, nouthetic counseling consists of lovingly confronting people out of deep concern in order to help them make changes that God requires. Along with his late wife Teresa, Pastor Bruce began this ministry and continues today as the Executive Director.

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Counselor

Shannon Collins, M. Psych, MLS
Phone: 252-732-4812
Email: shannoncollins.lfc@gmail.com

Shannon Collins has worked in ministry for about 12 years, working in youth programs, women’s ministry and nouthetic addictions counseling. She has a master's degree in legal studies from National Juris University and a master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions from Purdue Global University. She currently resides in Morehead City with her son, Matthew and two dogs, Snowball and Bella.

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Bookkeeper/Human Resources manager

Gabbie Gaskill, BAAS, NCCPSS
Phone: 252-732-5430
Email: ggaskill@loavesandfishesnc.org

Gabbie Gaskill has worked for Loaves and Fishes of Beaufort since 2017. Mrs. Gaskill is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and has earned her Associates in Applied Science in Human Services Technology from Carteret Community College, and her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Human Services from Lees-McRae College.

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Pastoral/Nouthetic Counselors

Steve and Sherri Trussell
Email: sgtrussell777@gmail.com

Steve and his wife Sherri have both volunteered at Loaves and Fishes since 2016. Steve graduated with his BA in Bible/Pastoral studies from Arlington Baptist College, as well as his MA in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steve has 34 years of ministry experience as a pastor, teacher, and counselor. Sherri studied Bible, education, and music at Arlington Baptist College, and has also been in ministry for 34 years. Sherri has experience being both a teacher and a counselor. Steve and Sherri have been married 34 years. They are both active members of Calvary Baptist Church.

*Counselor/Counseling Disclaimer*

The term “counselor” is a broad term that covers many areas in the helping professions. Each of our staff members’ credentials and education is clearly stated in their bios. At Loaves and Fishes, we offer services from individuals who are “licensed”, “licensed associates”, or “registered” with the NCSAPPB, as well as those that offer non-licensed Biblical counseling. All “registered”, “licensed” or “licensed associates” are under the clinical supervision of a board-approved supervisor. If you have any questions about the level of licensure or terminology, please feel free to contact us or the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board for more information.