OUR TEAM

 
Tera Swigart, Editor-in-Chief for FRUIT. Magazine and Executive Director of Freestyle Ministries

Tera swigart

Tera is the Founder and Executive Director of Freestyle Ministries and the Editor-in-Chief, graphic designer, and writer for FREESTYLE (formerly FRUIT. magazine). She has worked with youth in the juvenile justice system since 1999 in various roles including: mentoring, as an enrichment coordinator, teaching life skills as director of the Leadership Education Action Program, and as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She also worked for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program before following her vision to start Freestyle Ministries.   

Carolyn Brehm, Administrative and Marketing Coordinator for FRUIT magazine and Freestyle Ministries

Carolyn Brehm

Carolyn is the part time Administrative and Marketing Coordinator for Freestyle Ministries. She came to us from a digital marketing and web design firm in Houston. It was there she developed the desire to use her talents to share the Gospel with people and give them a hope that is everlasting instead of just selling people on a product. She has a heart for people and desire to show them their worth. Carolyn also enjoys crocheting. She has started an Etsy shop. You can view her shop by going to https://www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetedByCarolyn. You can also follow her shop on Instagram @crochetedbycarolyn.

Barrell Richardson

Barrell Richardson

Barrell teaches Biblical principles and Christian living to our readers through written devotionals for FREESTYLE. He is also the Juvenile Justice Ministry Director of Youth For Christ Houston, which provides a myriad of enrichment activities, Bible studies, and mentoring for youth throughout Harris County. To learn more or to contact Barrell Richardson visit: facebook.com/YFCJJM/ or call 832-326-3202.

James Odom, columnist for FRUIT magazine

James Odom

James writes a gang-education column for FREESTYLE. The column is designed to prevent youth from joining gangs while helping those already in gangs to break free from them, heal from their destruction, and start new lives. James is the Owner and Founder of Alternative Behavior, a consulting agency that specializes on street gang education.

Julie Waters, columnist for FRUIT magazine

JULIE WATERS

Julie Waters writes a column for FREESTYLE that addresses the specific needs of our female readers. Julie is an attorney and director of Free The Captives - an organization that helps teenaged girls who have been involved in sex trafficking, prostitution, and stripping. This organization helps these girls rebuild their lives by providing jobs, mentoring, tutoring, groceries, furniture, spiritual support and more. To learn more or to contact Free The Captives visit: freethecaptiveshouston.com or call 281-901-0794.

Chad Swigart, graphic designer for FRUIT magazine

chad Swigart

Chad oversees graphic elements of both print & online versions of FREESTYLE. He has a special talent for ministering through the arts. Beyond his work with Freestyle Ministries, Chad is the Communications Director at Eyes On Me Inc, and is a freelance videographer, video editor, graphics designer, web designer, and musician. To check out some of his other projects visit: chadswigart.com