We know full well that without volunteers, xtreme SOULutions could not have the impact it has at MCI. There is a network of powerful men and women who regularly set aside time from their own schedules and families to come and teach, encourage and mentor the XS students. Their reward will be in heaven, but we want them to know that we love and appreciate them for all they do for their incarcerated brothers. Thank you, faithful ones – your service is greatly appreciated.
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Mike is an ordained minister, a licensed chaplain, a certified trainer for Honor Bound men’s ministry, and is a graduate of the National Training Center through Man in the Mirror Ministries.
Mike has served with Xtreme SOULutions for five years. Mike and his wife, Wendy, have lived in Marion County for 37 years, and have raised eight children, three of whom were rescued from a life of homelessness.
Together, they have a passion to see men become all that God has called them to be and periodically jointly teach a marriage class. For over 20 years, Mike’s greatest satisfaction has come from mentoring men, encouraging them to open up and heal deep-seated wounds and develop meaningful relationships.
David is the Owner and President of Crossties of Ocala. He loves to work with and serve people, be outdoors, manage business and improve performance for himself and others. David has been teaching and counseling men through Xtreme SOULutions since we began at MCI. He has been instrumental in many men making better choices when they leave and he loves to brag on those he is still mentoring.
Dave has a heart for the impoverished, having grown up in the Ocala National Forest. He established SoZo Kids and Helping Hands ministry to help feed and educate the many children who live in poverty in that area. As an extension of his compassion for those folks, Dave began volunteering with Xtreme SOULutions to help make changes in the lives of men who will be going back into society, with the intent of creating stronger and more resilient families.
Mac is a Massage Therapist, working mostly in The Villages. He has been volunteering with Xtreme SOULutions since we started going into Marion CI, almost two decades ago. Mac and his wife, Liz, have two grown daughters.
Michael & Amelia Lowe
Michael and Amelia regularly drive 30 miles each way to participate in the XS program at MCI. For five years they have been fulfilling God’s call to preach the gospel (Mark 16:15) and teach men that living by His commandments leads to a better life with purpose and fulfillment. They say that they have grown in their own walk with the Lord and have found this to be a maturing process that has given them greater understanding and compassion for others.
Rick is married to Kathy, with 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren and one very spoiled Miniature Schnauzer. He has been involved with men’s ministry for years and prison ministry for 5 years.
Bruce Seaman is a retired minister. He has been an xtreme SOULutions instructor for over five years in different roles at MCI. Presently, he teaches the Life Mapping course. Bruce is a graduate of Adelphi University (BA) and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv). He served churches in NJ and DC before coming to Weirsdale Presbyterian in 1997. He was also Executive Director of Church Without Walls/Youth Reach from 2005-08 which served troubled youth and families.
In 2012, Pastor Young published his book “Manhood: in His Image” and began teaching it as a class at MCI. He helps men find answers to the questions “What really makes a boy a man? What makes a man a good husband or a good father?” This is one of our Core Curriculum classes.
Vicky and Curt Dunstan
In 2007 when Curt retired from GM, Vicky and Curt moved from Michigan to Ocala. In 2012, they heard about xtreme SOULutions, what the mission was, and the need for volunteers. She started out answering the phones a couple hours a day, a couple days a week. Soon she became an invaluable member of the team, keeping track of the program participants, interviewing those nearing end of sentence, then researching resources and creating re-entry packages for them. Vicky and Curt also host “Bingo Night” at MCI – the highlight of the month for many of the guys. “It’s so rewarding to see how excited they all get for this event,” said Vicky.