Jim Young has served as the president of Capitol Commission, Inc. since October of 2009 when the ministry was founded. For nine years prior to that he served with Capitol Ministries, Inc., another Christian ministry to state legislators.
Jim began his professional career in 1963 when he helped establish the exothermic products division of Gilliam Packaging Company, of Cleveland, Ohio, which was purchased by Combustion Engineering, Inc. in 1968. Jim worked at Combustion Engineering as the manager of production and product development until 1975.
In 1974 he put his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. A year later he left the corporate world and began his vocational ministry by serving as administrative pastor of Woodlyn Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania.
In 1980 he joined the Navigators and served as Ohio state director for that Christian organization. In 1995, he founded Sportworks Ministry, a Christian organization that ministered to student-athletes at North Carolina State University. He was appointed by Gov. Hunt as the official chaplain of the NC State athletic teams, and served as president of that organization. Jim's son Chuck Young now leads the Sportworks Ministry at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Assistant to the President
Dave Dagwell has been with Capitol Commission since its inception and has assisted Jim Young in the ministry to legislative leaders for the past 10 years.
Most of Dave’s career was in the insurance business before going full time into ministry as an executive pastor at a church in West Michigan. Dave and his wife, Deb, moved to North Carolina in 2002 to be closer to children and grandchildren and build a legacy into their lives.
Dave is involved in ministry development and expansion through hosting exhibits at national conferences, speaking in churches, recruiting state ministers and writing monthly devotionals for distribution to our national donors. He enjoys digging into God’s Word and sharing it with others, road biking, mountain hiking, river and lake kayaking, and taking landscape pictures of God’s amazing creation. His favorite colors are deep blue found in the Carolina skies on sunny days and green found in the needles of a white pine tree. His favorite movie is Hoosiers as he was in attendance at the actual state championship game portrayed in the film. His life verse is Philippians 1:21 and continues to be in awe of God’s amazing grace.
Vice President, Development
Chip DeWitt serves as vice president for development for Capitol Commission. Prior to Capitol Commission, Chip was a director for over ten years with the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation. As a fundraiser, an attorney and, most importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ, he has always had a burden for people to be divinely led in the use of God’s resources.
Chip has served as the director of planned giving at Asbury University, has served as a regional consultant for his denomination’s stewardship ministry, and has pastored churches in New Jersey and North Carolina. As part of his ministry, Rev. DeWitt was the Director of Church Planting for his denomination in Western Pennsylvania and in Michigan and Ohio.
Rev. DeWitt holds a degree in Psychology from Penn State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.
Chip loves acting and authoring Christian novels. To read more about these novels, please go to: DeWitt Books. He and his wife, Margaret, have three sons.
His heart is to see people come to Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and become fully devoted to the glory of God.
Vice President, Administration
As Vice President Administration, Bob Barnes is responsible for managing all administrative aspects of the ministry; Finance, Technology (websites, database, email systems) and procurement of ministerial resources. He has served in this role since 2011.
Bob is a native of Virginia but spent his corporate life of 35 years in several states in the airline and credit card industries. After retiring to North Carolina in 2006 Bob served with a local non-profit in various administrative positions and then joined Capitol Commission. Bob has an MBA degree and corporate and non-profit experience which makes him uniquely suited for his position. Bob has been married for 45 years and has one daughter and three grandchildren.
As Finance Manager, Deb Adkins is responsible for all Capitol Commission financial transactions; deposits, payroll, expenditures, and accounting/audits. She is also coordinator of all employee benefits; life insurance, health insurance, and retirement. She has served in this role since 2011.
Deb comes from Western North Carolina but has been in Raleigh most of her adult life. She worked in the printing industry for twenty years. During this time she finished her undergraduate degree and completed her MBA while working for Capitol Commission. She is married, has one son, and one grandson.