OUR TEAM 

Randal Broadhurst

Director of G.A.P.

Randal has served in various capacities in the local church for over thirty years. Youth became his ministerial passion and eventually God led him to start one of the first college-age and young adult ministries in the Sacramento area: REMEDY–1998-2018. He was “called” into full-time Christian ministry in 2003.

 

While serving as a Chaplain for years inside Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility (Juvenile Hall), since 2006 he was asked to teach/mentor in the “Lockdown” Housing Units for serious offenders. Soon after, he birthed another Christian organization called G.A.P. – Gang Awareness & Prevention aka God Answers Prayers, in 2008. During this time Mr. Broadhurst became a “Pastor to the pastorless” and finished his Masters Degree in “Youth Evangelism/Outreach” at Western Theological Seminary in 2010.

As the founding Director of G.A.P., and in collaboration with Sacramento and Yolo County Probation Departments, as well as California Youth Authority (CYA-DJJ), Randal trains, matches and oversees volunteers with incarcerated youth as mentors during and after release.

Randal has afforded dozens of CDCR and County Probation approved and badged volunteers a pathway via G.A.P. to rescue incarcerated boys and girls. He has successfully enabled a once difficult route for compassionate citizens with a variety of backgrounds to go inside the walls and counsel youth, develop relationships and teach life skills to guide them out of a troubled life–ideally becoming productive citizens outside of the walls. He gives all the credit to his boss, Jesus Christ!

Personally, Randal has been married to his ministry partner, Nancy, for 45 years. He has three children who have started their own families and they all love the Lord! He enjoys the crazy energy and love of six grandchildren ages 2-13-years old.

Cherrilyn "Cherri" Watkins 

Women's Coordinator and Mentor

Cherri met Randal at a community event called Cops and Clergy a few years back and was interested in the work he was doing with at-risk teens. She has a compassion for all youth, at risk or not, and loves to see them grow and become successful. She is also a Drug & Alcohol counselor, and loves to make a difference.

Cherri is retired from the State of California after more than 32 years of service and currently works part time at the Golden 1 Center with the Sacramento Kings as an usher. She loves spending her time with her 8 (4 boys and 4 girls) grandchildren. Additionally, she is an author and loves attending and serving at her church.

Ashley Read

Executive Assistant

Ashley is a “chill CA born and raised kinda girl”. She loves her family, friends, her horse (AJ) and her bearded dragon (Princess Buttercup). She likes reading fantasy books, rockin’out to NEEDTOBREATHE, and eating sushi with her friends.

 

Ashley has known Randal for many years and is so happy to be working for G.A.P. She has seen Randal’s tireless work and supported him since before the beginning of G.A.P. Now, she has the privilege to be a part of the team!

 

Her mission is to help things run smoothly and efficiently while working hard to connect the youth of G.A.P. to a G.A.P. mentor. She desires to see kid’s lives changed for the better and wants them to know that life can be different, and if they want it, they can be different. She prays for all the mentors and mentees who have and will call G.A.P. a place of caring and hope. You may be one of those people!

Felise Esposito

Social Media and Digital Content Coordinator 

Felise was born in L.A. County but raised in Sacramento County, and has been in a position to know the Broadhursts and their courage of conviction for many years. When Randal talked about G.A.P. at a young adult ministry he ran, she volunteered to help out and her penchant for organizing was put straight to work. She ardently desires wholeness and holiness for people, so she gets fired up over any way she can to serve the G.A.P. aims!

 

In her spare time, Felise ponders Greek, Hebrew, and theology through graduate courses at School of Urban Missions Bible College.

Cleina Harvey

Administrator of Human Resources and Volunteer Care Administrator

Cleina enjoys helping people find balance in their lives and living up to knowing who one is and becoming the best one can be. As a counselor, she enjoys continually growing in her field of expertise, helping people and families grow closer to each other. She has worked with adolescents and adults for fourteen years facilitating anger management and parenting groups. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University, Sacramento, and a minor in Deaf Studies.

Cleina continued her education at The University of the Pacific in Stockton, obtaining her Counseling Certification in Alcohol and Other Drugs, and completed additional studies at Western Seminary.

She started volunteering with G.A.P. in March of 2014. She loves to pray, study, read, and enjoys gardening, crafts, swing-dancing, watching movies, hanging out with friends, eating popcorn, going for walks and heading to the ocean by San Francisco. Her life reflects biblical principles based on Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers & sisters whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Felicita Cazares

Outreach and Awareness Specialist

Felicita was born and raised in South Sacramento. She graduated from American Legion High School, and is currently wearing many hats: a full-time nanny, part-time student, youth leader and a proud G.A.P. mentor. On top of all that, she is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Adolescent Development.

 

She was connected with G.A.P. through a referral but was in search for an opportunity to make a positive difference with a purpose filled outcome. She chose to volunteer with G.A.P. because of their mission to help troubled and vulnerable youth both inside and outside youth detention centers.

 

Felicita was raised by a single mother in a low income neighborhood without support or proper guidance to a successful adolescence. She ended up associating with the wrong crowd and falling behind in school, and got caught up in the street life filled with gangs, drugs, and more. She was lost and confused with nowhere to turn for help. One day after school, her house was robbed and her life was threatened by gangsters. It was at that time she knew she had to make a change. By the grace of God, her mom was able to move them out of the ghetto and into new hope.

 

Felicita learned life the hard way but it wouldn't have had to be that way if she'd had a mentor or coach. G.A.P. fills the holes for those who don’t have anyone else. She is a proud mentor with G.A.P. and is filled with joy when working with her youth. She most enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves playing in the garden, hiking, car shows, late night drives and cooking and eating good food. She also likes trying new things to continue to grow and expand her horizons. She believes that life is too short not to enjoy it to the fullest.

Nancy Broadhurst

Finance Manager

As the wife of the founder and director, Nancy Broadhurst has been with G.A.P. since the beginning. Prior to G.A.P., she served as a chaplain in the Sacramento YDF, co-teaching with her husband, Randal, every other Sunday morning in the lockdown units, and this experience began her burden for loving and saving these kids. As an accountant and financial director by profession, Nancy’s primary role in G.A.P. has always been financial oversight. As a Christian by calling, her just as important role is prayer and encouragement. Frontline prison ministry is fraught with attack and not for the faint of heart! Nancy has been involved in youth ministry in many capacities for thirty years. She and Randal were co-directors of REMEDY, a college age and young adult ministry, for twenty of those years.

 

Nancy was blessed to retire from her financial management career last year. She loves to teach spiritual formation studies with young women and hopes to resume those soon! She currently serves as an abortion recovery counselor at Alternatives Pregnancy Center and volunteers at the Elk Grove Food Bank, when she’s not spending time with her six beautiful grand-children.

Michael Crutcher

Tech Coordinator

Born in Sacramento, raised in Florida, then brought back to California, Michael was searching for a young adult ministry and found REMEDY, a college-age and young adults group that Randal and Nancy ran. Michael grew to love the community and got involved in helping with the tech side of things. Even after REMEDY as a ministry concluded, Michael wanted to stay involved with the work of G.A.P., and quickly became it’s tech lead.

Michael has been a part of G.A.P.’s team since 2018. It is very fulfilling for him to assist the ministry of G.A.P. in advancing its mission for the glory of God.

 

Michael has recently turned his hobby of creating digital art into a side business. In his spare time, he enjoys watching anime, travelling, crafting, and attending pop culture conventions.

Isaac Madison

Local Gang Expert and Street Team Coordinator

Isaac grew up in poverty and abusive households. He was exposed to the streets and gang life at a very young age. He sought confirmation and security in older gang members and neighborhood hustlers because he didn’t feel those things at home.

 

Isaac spent time in and out of juvenile hall and a few years at the State Correctional Youth facility. He understands the juvenile justice system and the struggles all youth face today living in all communities.

At the age of 16, Isaac became involved with G.A.P. and that was the beginning of change. He found the same confirmation and security in his mentor that he was seeking from gangs. In a sense, G.A.P. stepped in and filled in the gap, although at that point he wasn’t 100% done running the streets. However, his mentor still stood by and helped him on his level. Just his honesty and determination to be there for Isaac, and the fact that he never asked him for anything in return, except to better himself and give back to the community, was enough to show him that he cared.

 

Today, Isaac’s mission with G.A.P. is to do the same for the at-risk youth in the community today. He would like to hold workshops teaching them life skills, and organize events to give them positive ways to spend their time. Isaac strongly believes that together as a community, we can make a change.

Matthew Balling

Studio Recording and Volunteer Recruiting

Matthew is an artist out of Northern California, who does Urban Gospel Music as a ministry. He initially enrolled in college to pursue a basketball scholarship, but was interrupted by the call to do music ministry.

He grew up heavily influenced by rap, but never with an ambition or dream of making it a career, until he found himself on his way to a theater arts class in Community College staring at a “Help Wanted” ad for a “Christian Rap Artist”.

Matthew graduated from Epic Bible College in Sacramento, CA, where he earned his degree in Ministerial Studies. He found himself in G.A.P. from a prayer, ironically finding out after 4-years of volunteering that one of G.A.P.’s acronyms is God Answers Prayers. His prayer was for young men who might be on their way to prison, that their paths would be detoured.

Currently, Matthew is a mentor with G.A.P.  He is also a Volunteer recruiter, recruiting mentors and mentees for G.A.P. Additionally, he’s building a recording studio as an outlet for the G.A.P. mentees, and continuing to put out his own music. You can find his music here at www.wordwashmusic.com and on most streaming platforms.