Rev. David Bruce, M.Div, LCAS
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.
Chief Financial Officer/Case Manager
Gabbie Gaskill, BAAS, NCCPSS
Gabbie Gaskill is the CFO for Loaves and Fishes of Beaufort. 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. Gabbie also works in the area of case management for our patients who are enrolled with Vocational Rehabilitation and other assistance programs. Gabbie and her husband Travis are also very active in ministry at Lighthouse Community Church in Stacy, NC.
Thrift Store Director
Jonathan Lamm is an integral member of our staff at Loaves and Fishes. Jonathan manages both of our thrift shops. He also maintains relationships with our residents to help strengthen their work ethic and to minister the gospel of Christ to them. Jonathan is a role model for those who are stuck in the bondage of addiction. In addition to maintaining the thrift shop, he helps coordinate the Loaves and Fishes food bank, which has distributed over a million pounds of food to the community since its beginning.
Steve and Sherri Trussell
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.
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.