jim young

Ministry Leaders

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.

Don Garner
Don Garner
Vice President, National Field Director

Don Garner was born and grew up in the North Dallas area. In May of 1978, as a teen given over to anger and rebellion, Don’s young life came to a point of crisis. Through the quiet witness of a godly family member and a clear presentation of the gospel message, Don received Christ as Lord and Savior and his life was forever changed.

Don married his high school sweetheart, Tracey, in August of 1985 while they were both students at the University of Texas (UT). He received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from UT and accepted a position at Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He later experienced God’s call to full-time ministry in 1988, while working at EDS and involved in the ministry of a local church.

Over the next several years, God added new members to the Garner family, ultimately blessing them with seven children. During those busy days, Don took on greater responsibilities in various areas of church ministry, ultimately leading to his first pastorate. Over the course of 10 years, Don served as senior pastor of three churches. During his first two pastorates, he was a full-time seminary student at Criswell College and served as Research Assistant to the President of the seminary. Don received a Master of Divinity degree from Criswell College in 2001 and accepted a call to become the pastor of Central Baptist Church in Aurora, Colorado, where he would served for more than five years.

Early in 2007, Don began to explore mission work among the political community. By April of the same year, he was immersed in the training process to reach out to the capitol community in the great state of Texas. As the training process drew to a close, God’s calling led Don and his family to make the move back to Texas. In December of 2008, Don began full-time work to carry out a plan for initiating a movement for Christ among the capitol community in Texas.

Bob Barnes
Bob Barnes
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.

Debra Adkins
Debra Adkins
Finance Manager

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.