JIM PRIDDY, SR

National Vice President, Senior Affairs

 

Jim Priddy Sr. served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years under the command of six sitting U.S. Presidents.  He served on many high-level projects, which were used to inform top decision makers, including the President of the United States, on data which had been gathered by the SR-71 Blackbirds.  He was a member of the Blackbird Association.  After retiring from the USAF, he went on to work for the Department of the Navy as a federal employee for another 20 years.  He retired from the Department of Defense with a total of over 40 years of service to his country.

He resides in Southern Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, with his wife of 56 years, Betty, a real estate agent.  He has three children, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.  He serves FGBMFAmerica™ as the National Director for the State of Maryland and as the Vice President for Senior Affairs as well as volunteering part time as a ranch hand and advisor at his daughter’s home, Rosemary Ranch in Port Republic, Maryland.

While there are no more top-secret projects for Jim, he now works on a project of the Highest level –
The leading of others to Christ.  Today, his favorite conversations begin with, “There are only two kinds of people, those who are saved and those who are about to be saved, which one are you?


DOUGLAS RAINE

National Vice President, Training & Outreach

Douglas’ business background is in sales, marketing, research and development in the thermoset plastic industry. He was responsible for introducing polyester and vinyl ester resin composites to an assortment of industries for solving corrosion problems.  He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

Douglas retired in 2018 from his consulting business and has become more active in ministry from a businessman’s perspective. He is National Vice President of Outreach and Training for FGBMFA and also serves as Commerce/Greenville Chapter President.  Douglas is a trainer, mentor and marketplace leader.  He has traveled the world to bring the message of hope to people in prisons, businesses, schools, hospitals, civic organizations, governments, orphanages and more. He directs them to the only cure and solution for internal corrosion.

Douglas and his wife, LaVerne, live on a farm in northeast Texas.

 


AKINYEMI LAPINNI

National Assistant Administrator

Akinyemi Lapinni is a nonprofit development consultant, humanitarian volunteer, a lead trainer with international development partners, a serial entrepreneur, Founder and Executive Director of World Changers Development Initiative. His work encompasses ministry, entrepreneurship and business as a mission.

Akinyemi has over 26 years of ministry experience in teaching, preaching, discipleship and counseling in church and major prisons in Nigeria where he has impacted thousands of inmates in outreaches, medical missions and has witnessed salvation and healing of inmates. His life passion and calling are to raise a generation of global change makers who will impact humanity.


ABRAHAM MATHEW

 National Assistant Treasurer

 

Abraham Mathew is founder and president of India Gospel Mission and the founding president of Southern Asia Leadership Institute. For the last 18 years, Abraham has been serving as a missionary to India, training Christian leaders through leadership conferences and seminars. In 2013, Abraham founded Southern Asia Leadership Institute in South India with a vision to train and develop young leaders for Gospel ministry in India. In 2016 he retired from the position of Assistant Vice President for Finance at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he was responsible for managing a three billion dollar operating budget for the medical research and educational facility, and now is engaged in ministry on a full time basis.

Abraham Mathew is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. Abraham earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Anderson University, Indiana. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas. In addition, Abraham has recently earned his doctrate in Religious studies at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Indiana.

Abraham serves as the Assistant National Treasurer of FGBMFAmerica™ and as the vice president of his local chapter.

Abraham and his wife Mary currently live in Texas; they together have three boys and four grandchildren.


TOMAS CAQUIAS

National Vice President, Next Generation

Tomas, who heads Caquias Law Group PLLC, a Texas full-service law firm, is a Top-Rated Personal Injury Attorney, Inventor, and Speaker who was born and raised in Deep South Texas.  He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Arizona Summit Law School, a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business, University of Texas – Austin and Bachelor of Science in Biology, Concentration: Neuroscience from University of Texas – San Antonio.  Among his many awards he was named a “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers.  Tomas Caquias was selected to “Rising Stars” for 2020 - 2022 and named a “Super Lawyer” for those same years - the designation means he is a top-rated attorney as recognized by peers. Further, he has been named one of the “Best San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers, Best San Antonio Medical Malpractice Lawyers, and Best San Antonio Car Accident Lawyers,” by expertise.com.

 

Tomas’ roots in the Fellowship go deep. Since having grown up in the Rio Grande Valley, Atty Caquias’ Full Gospel days trace back to the Holy Spirit fire filled Shoneys meetings in Brownsville, TX with his father, the late Dr. Jesus Caquias, a National Director.  

 

As an attorney, Tomas is an expert story teller and teacher. He is extremely insightful and strategic, using his skills to foster the next generation in Kingdom business by teaching the Word. These attributes compliment his leadership skills and sensitivity in the leading of the Holy Spirit, furthering the Gospel and sharing the Love of Christ in wherever and whatever the Lord leads.


JUSTIN MEFFORD

National Assistant Secretary

Justin, a Lifetime Member of the Southern Maryland Chapter, is a welcome addition to our Executive Board.  In his own right, he stands on a strong foundation of dedicated leaders in his family who have long served the Lord through the Fellowship.  His life journey is equipping Justin for the purpose God has called him.  As a man of business, his background and genuine desire for helping others makes him approachable by the people Jesus is wanting to reach.  He makes his business his ministry.

This young National Director is part of the next generation of leaders God is raising up and entrusting to guide FGBMFA into the future – a fresh move of the Holy Spirit; a move to bring new and innovative ideas, a revitalizing perspective into fulfilling our mission in the marketplace.