Staff and Ministries
I:58 Chicago Director
Nan’s heart is with those whose walls have been broken because of things done to them, choices they have made, and the brokenness of life. Her desire is that God will rebuild their lives just as he has rebuilt hers. This desire led her to live in Uptown, a neighborhood on Chicago's north side. For ten years Nan walked alongside women experiencing homelessness in Uptown. In 2016 God asked her to move to the west side's Little Village and team up with two other Navstaff women in a discipleship house. Nan also serves as a city leader and shepherd of Navigator staff for the I:58 mission in Chicago. In her early days with the Navigators she caught the vision of multiplication and believes God for spiritual generations of laborers flowing from her life all over the world.
Bridge 2 Freedom
Bridge to Freedom is a transitional supportive housing program that walks with the inmate starting one year before release through two years after release. The opportunity that Bridge to Freedom (B2F) creates is to help fill this developmental gap; learning to live out of a whole being.
Mica & Kelvin Garrett
Mica Garrett has an indisputable passion for helping ex-offenders turn their lives around. Because of this drive, she proudly serves as executive director of Bridge 2 Freedom (B2F), which is a Christian reentry program that includes housing, education, job training and multiple programs that help with making disciples out of ex-offenders. Mica is joined by her husband Kelvin in the passion to walk alongside returning citizens.
Casa TanyaCasa Tanya is a safe and loving home where women grow into generation changers through the experience of transformative living. Casa Tanya has a holistic approach that includes a physically safe house, a team mentoring approach to discipleship, life skills workshops, advocacy, and local community connections.
One of Steph's favorite things is to watch people own their God-given voice and use it to invite justice and reconciliation. It is her joy to come alongside people as they embrace the Gospel and it's transforming power in their lives, families, and communities. She was privileged to witness youth become generation changers in West Winooski, Vermont serving as the Youth Impact Director for 8 years. Steph moved to Chicago in 2016 to lead Staff Learning for the I:58 mission and to join Erika Lobatos in the ministry of transformative living at Casa Tanya. If you are looking for Steph follow the music to the kitchen where she is probably cooking, painting, or packing snacks for an adventure in the city.
Casa Tanya DirectorLocally in her neighborhood of Little Village, Erika loves walking along side women who are new in their walk with Jesus. She also opens up her home to women who are in need of a safe place to live. Erika Lobatos also serves as the administrator of the I:58 mission. When she is not at home you are likely to find her at the beach, camping, going on a walk around the city, or relaxing in her hammock.
Breaking Ground’s mission is to seek and develop those who desire to become instruments of lasting change in their community. Breaking Ground works to fulfill this mission by creating educational and employment opportunities. Since 1998, Breaking Ground has seen over 2,400 students come through its doors and has created a wide variety of employment opportunities to develop its graduates.
Cotorey Seals is the D-House director and coordinator at the Navigators’ Breaking Ground ministry. He is an outgoing and joyful follower of Jesus. Wherever Cotorey goes, he wants to take as many people as possible along with him. That’s how he approaches his work for God’s Kingdom, as well as the things he loves to do in his leisure time: poetry, working-out, and salsa dancing.
Restored men bringing holistic change to their communities
Our heart here at the Detox house is from Isaiah 58:6-7 “… to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free … to share food, provide shelter and clothe them.” This is a rescue mission. Jesus rescued us from our sin and calls us to be ministers of reconciliation to others. The men we seek to serve face challenges most of us can’t even imagine. D-House is a ministry of reaching across the gap between Life in Christ and death in the world, to help men choose Life, to come to know and experience Him as Savior, and to bear Christ’s image rather than to chase after the world’s images.