Our Staff


james crockett, executive director

James Crockett was raised on the west side of Chicago by a single mother who was raising 5 children in a very high-risk neighborhood. James got caught up in the street life and found himself in prison, which is where Jesus met him. When he got out of prison he was motivated to change his life around and also reach those who are going through the same struggles that he has. In 2010 James began a men's Bible study with the men in the North of Howard neighborhood, which was the beginning of what God has grown to become C24/7 Father's Arms Ministries.

James has a great passion for street ministry and walking with high-risk men through some of the toughest of situations. He loves building relationships with those in his neighborhood and others who do not look like him because he says he has something to learn from everyone. He is married to Natalie Crockett and has 6 children. 


natalie crockett, program director

Natalie Crockett, a graduate from Olivet Nazarene University, has been working in the North of Howard Neighborhood since 2011. Her passion to build relationships with the children, men and women in the neighborhood inspired her to move in and become their neighbor. Her and her husband, James Crockett, founded C24/7 Father's Arms Ministries in 2016 in order to reach more of the community and bring the good news of the Gospel of Jesus. She has 6 wonderful children and in her free time (what free time?) she enjoys doing puzzles, drinking coffee with friends and watching "This Is Us."


bob bobesink, Director of after-school program

Bob Bobesink first got involved with C24/7 Father's Arms Ministries over three years ago, volunteering through his church. He previously taught Math and Social Studies at a Christian alternative high school in Chicago. Bob really enjoys helping young people gain confidence in their own abilities, reach their God-given potential, and eventually thrive, when given a safe, loving, and respectful atmosphere to grow in.


jordan harper, director of development

Jordan Harper comes to us having recently finished his Master's Degree in Management from the University of Notre Dame. Before working for C24/7, Jordan served as a church youth director, public school teacher, and student-athlete mentor. His passion for walking with young people in reaching their full potential is rivaled only by his love for sports and spending time with his wife and daughter. 


shapree Mallory, after-school program monitor

Shapree Mallory is a mother, a designer, a 2017 graduate of C24/7's Job Development Program, and our After-school Program Monitor. She is someone who embraces God's Love and shines it on everyone she meets.

She works with our students to ensure they have a safe, organized, and effective work environment when they come to After-school.


montrell williams, assistant director of dreams, visions, works

Montrell Williams was the first graduate of C24/7's Job Development Program, and is passionate about bringing the change he found to others in the neighborhood. Montrell has built strong relationships with members of the community, and currently helps recruit, train, and advocate for our job training students.

Our Board of Directors

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Tim nealt, chairman

“Access to good education and opportunities should not be based on a zip code.  All children should be given the tools necessary to prepare them to succeed in high school.  C24 allows kids to develop their minds and spirit in a safe, nurturing environment while also working with unemployed, young adults in finding employment.  It is a privilege and a blessing to have the opportunity to help support this type of organization.”

Tim serves as Vice President Emeritus for Finkl Steel where he worked for 32 years. The last 18 years of that tenure were as Vice President of Sales where he led a multi-national sales team that sold and distributed products around the globe.  He served on the company’s board of directors and was a former board member of the Forging Industry Association.  He lives in Glenview, IL with his wife and three children.

adam pennington, vice-chairman

rebekah Whitfield, secretary

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brian clutter, treasurer

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Brian is a CPA and Senior Director at FTI Consulting, where he is a member of the Dispute Advisory Services practice in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. He has nine years of professional experience assisting clients with audits, forensic investigations, patent infringement litigation, complex calculations of damages, post-acquisition disputes, solvency analyses, and GAAP based accounting advisory work.

Brian is passionate about economic development in our neighborhood, and works hard to help bring opportunity to the individuals and families who need it the most.

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kim nealt, member

Kim Nealt has 30 years of experience in the healthcare environment. Presently, she is the National Director of Provider Recruitment for the rapidly growing company, Activate Healthcare. She is responsible for recruiting physicians and advanced practitioners for placement in near site or onsite employer clinics. Ms.Nealt has also assisted in the past as a Project Manager for opening new clinics in several states which involved overseeing the facility design, ordering equipment and supplies, and recruiting the clinic staff.

"Working with C24/7 has been a very humbling and rewarding experience for my family and I.  It has been a privilege to watch the individuals in Rogers Park grow and prosper academically, mentally, and spiritually through our programs. C24/7 supports the community by providing a safe haven for the children away from the temptations on the streets and helps adults find gainful employment. I am proud to be a C24/7 Board Member."


brett gardiner, member

Brett Gardiner is an independent Private Wealth Manager with Mappa Wealth Management in Glenview, Illinois.  He helps individuals, families and small business owners define and realize their financial dreams.  He has over twenty-five years of professional experience, fourteen of which have been in the financial services industry, and is a 1991 graduate of Indiana University.

Brett and his wife, Laura, grew up on the North Shore of Chicago and have four children.  He plays an active role in their education, athletic and theatrical activities.  He is also an Eagle Scout and a five-time Ironman Triathlete. He brings that same commitment and discipline to his work in our community.


ben matuska, member

nate burton, member