Who We Are
Baron S. King | Executive Director
Baron S. King, LPC, NCC began serving as Executive Director of Liberty Ministries in July, 2017 where he oversees the overall ministry and thrift operations. Baron has a passion for the process of interpersonal, characterological change and development. "Liberty Ministries offers a unique opportunity to live and work with men who have faced many of life's challenges and still struggle. We strive to develop a healthy, biblical community where we can challenge, teach, encourage and mentor people to a place where they develop a deeper more effective dependence on God. I truly believe we have an awesome opportunity AND obligation to serve this population of men, women and their families.”
Baron S. King joined Liberty Ministries in July of 2016 as the Director of Residential Programs at Liberty House. In this role, he oversaw the Liberty House Residential After-Care Program, developing and implementing the programs which serve to aid and assist in the overall spiritual, emotional and vocational growth and development of the residents.
Elliott Bennett | Director of Operations
Elliott Bennett has been with Liberty Ministries since March of 2006. He came by way of The Clinic, a non-profit medical center providing medical care to the uninsured, which is located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Elliott was Executive Director of The Clinic, which will see over 11,000 patients this year, from its inception in 2001 until accepting the position of Director of Operations with Liberty Ministries.
In 2001 Elliott retired from a career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He spent his entire career at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Pennsylvania's largest maximum security prison. He began as a Correctional Officer and Sergeant, and held a number of progressively responsible positions until his retirement as a Department Head for Operations.
Steve Poloway | Director of Prison Programs & Volunteers
As a part of the Liberty Ministries team of dedicated workers, it has brought me tremendous joy and satisfaction in knowing that a difference is being made in the lives of the men and women we are serving. I have been involved with the Ministry since 2008 when hired as a Resident Assistant, working with the men on a daily basis and leading them in the recovery program "Celebrate Recovery".
Along with being involved at Liberty Ministries, my wife Debbie and I minister to the needs of incarcerated men and women in Montgomery County Correctional Facility and the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Pa. This gives us great satisfaction in providing faith and hope to those struggling with life?s issues and guiding them to the hands of Jesus Christ. My current position, Prison Program Director, gives me the opportunity to work with all the volunteers that go into the prison system, providing support and resources for any of their needs. I also coordinate the application process for any potential new volunteers.
One of the best reasons for being involved with Liberty Ministries is the outpouring of commitment and care by the staff, board members, and volunteers to those whom Liberty Ministries helps, specifically the men and women in Montgomery County Correctional Facility, and the men in SCI Graterford, helping them realize that a new beginning in rebuilding their lives and their families is possible, by and through the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Hal Ludwig | Director of Residential Programs
Hal Ludwig, MS, comes to Liberty Ministries from the Aldie Foundation – an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center with facilities in Doylestown and Langhorne, PA. He has a strong background in drug and alcohol treatment, individual and small group counseling and extensive experience working with clients in the criminal justice system. He worked closely with the Drug Court Program and probation in Bucks and Montgomery County. He enjoys travelling, reading, and spending time with his family at the beach.
Josh Hilliker | Director of Thrift
Josh Hilliker joined the Liberty Ministries team in September of 2017 as Director of Thrift overseeing the operations of five stores and a production center. Josh comes to us originally from the state of Michigan where he spent fourteen years working for big box retailers Kohl’s and OfficeMax in various management roles as well as a volunteer youth director at his local church. In 2009, with the Lord’s leading, Josh moved to Pennsylvania take on the role of store manager for Impact Thrift Stores. Working for Impact presented a unique opportunity as Josh was able to blend his heart for helping others as well as utilizing his extensive retail experience. “Each and every day it is blessing to see how lives are impacted by what happens in thrift with our customers, staff and residence”. Josh looks continues to look forward to the exciting ways God is going to continue to use Liberty Ministries Thrift for His kingdom.
Blaine Bergey, Board Chair
Blair Jarratt, Treasurer
Dennis Michael, Vice Chair
Gerry Clemmer, Secretary
- Barry Kratz
- Bill Kerwin
- Hazel Matlack
- Maria Hosler Byler
- Rich Whitekettle