Board Of Directors

John Gross, Chairman

John Gross, Chairman

John became a believer in 1980 and was discipled by Norm for a year before being moved to Louisiana by the company with whom he spent his entire career. He served as an elder at both Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN and StoneBridge Church Community in Charlotte, NC. He is the founder of The Barnabas Group in Charlotte, NC and is currently serving as the National Director of The Masters Program for Churches, a strategic coaching program for kingdom leaders. He lives in Jekyll Island, GA.

Jim Grandholm, Vice-Chairman

Jim became a board member in 1999, when The Spirit of Elijah Ministries first incorporated. Formerly a basketball player in the NBA, he started his own sports agency. He is now founder and president of Green Earth Electronics Recycling and Lake Michigan Asset Solutions. Jim and Carol live in Sawyer, MI and have three married children.

Kari Mitchell, Treasurer

Kari Mitchell is humbled to be called to be a “daughter of the King”, a wife to her husband Rod, and a homeschooling mom to her two sons who have entered into adulthood.  She’s honored to serve on the Spirit of Elijah board having been personally touched through the ministry and being continually renewed in her mind and heart through the Live to Love message. Kari also serves as the CEO of Las Cruces Machine, Mfg. & Engineering and has served on numerous boards which includes a unique blend of corporate, public, and non-profit board room leadership in banking, healthcare, aerospace manufacturing, and education. Additionally, Kari was appointed to the New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents, where she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and elected as Vice Chair of the board.  Kari co-founded and scaled New Mexico’s first early college high school. She was a founding member of the state’s first private-public sector economic development entity; and was appointed by both Governor Bill Richardson (D), and Susan Martinez (R) to the State Workforce Development Board. Kari receives the honors of New Mexico’s Businesswoman of Influence, Citizen of the Year by the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, and the VIVA Award (Vision, Investment, Vitality & Action) by the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry. She received her MBA from the University of Houston.

Woody Robertson, Secretary

Woody’s personal mission is to live “a real life with a real relationship with a real God.” A first generation homeschool graduate, Woody is passionate about reaching the next generation of leaders. If you hang around Woody, you’re sure to hear words like, “live life to the fullest,” “purposeful living,” or “world-changer” and he’s helped young adults successfully navigate life-decisions for years. An entrepreneur and visionary, Woody has been a principle player in several start-up companies. In 2004, he co-founded Lumerit Education. Woody lives in San Antonio, TX.

Micah Wakefield

Micah was the business administrator of Elijah Ministries for many years. He began serving on the board of directors in 2015. He is Director of Research and Product Development for Swan Global Investments and lives in Las Palmas, Puerto Rico with his wife, Holly, and their 3 children.