​​​​The Bridge Ministry

Helping men overcome life controlling issues

William Washington

Founder and Executive Director

  • Author of His Grace is Sufficient, An Autobiography and People, Places, & Things: A Guide to Overcoming Addictive Behavior
  • Ordained Minister/Counselor
  • 30 years of experience working with addiction and addictive behavior
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Jerod Patterson
Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services

  • MA in Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice from Liberty University
  • Certified clinical trauma specialist for addiction
  • Certified alcohol and drug counselor
  • Crisis Intervention Team instructor

Joyce Washington


  • Realtor for Keller Williams Realty

Charlie Towler

Director of Employee Operations

  • Owner of C. E. Towler, Inc. Home Builder
  • Commercial Electrical Contractor
  • Metal Building Contractor
  • Business and Life Coach​

Ellie Craddock


  • Oversees the administration, accounting, and grant writing​​ at The Bridge Ministry
  • BS in Engineering Sciences and BA in Mathematics from Sweet Briar College
  • ME in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia

Bridge Ministry Staff Members

Jay James

Assistant Director and Board Chair

  • Host of WINA Morning News
  • Sports Director at Charlottesville Radio Group
  • Associate Producer for the Virginia Sports Network
  • UVA football sideline reporter
  • BA in Religion from University of Virginia
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