Executive Director, CPE Director
President of R.C.F.M., Inc.
Reverend Carolyn J. Barksdale
Reverend Barksdale is a native of Waco, Texas. She is a member of the Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries. She also is the Executive Director of R.C. Freedom Ministries, Inc. a non-profit educational resource center.
Reverend Barksdale received a Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in “Word and Sacrament” from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas in May 1998, and ordained to the Gospel Ministry that same year. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Cum Laude) in May 1991 from Saint Leo College in Saint Leo, Florida where she concentrated her studies in the field of Sociology. She received Ecclesiastical Endorsement for full-time chaplaincy in June 1998. She is a certified Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) CPE Educator assisting clergy and laypersons in the integration of theory and practice for ministry. As a federal contract chaplain, she is currently the Program Director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, USAF CPE Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She is the only CPE Educator for the United States Air Force training Air Force chaplains from around the world each year.
Reverend Barksdale is active within the ACPE organization. She has served as a member of the Southwest Regional Racial Ethnic Multicultural Committee; the Accreditation Committee, Chair ACPE Southwest Region and currently serves as a member of the Certification committee. On August 1, 1994, she retired from the United States Air Force with twenty-three years of honorable service.
Dr. Ralph E. Barksdale is a native of Chatham, Virginia. He is a member of the Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries. He also is the Founder and President of R.C. Freedom Ministries, Inc. a non-profit educational resource center.
He holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology and MA degrees in Counseling, Human Resources, and Healthcare Administration from Webster University. Dr. Barksdale is Chief Protestant Chaplain for Chrysalis Ministries, formerly known as Bexar County Detention Ministries. In this capacity, he coordinates and manages ministries in ten detention facilities. He ministers to over 4,000 adults and 500 juvenile offenders per year. Dr. Barksdale is also one of the advisors to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department.
Dr. Barksdale is a current member of the National Association of Correctional Chaplains, the American Chaplain Association, and the San Antonio Urban League. He has the firm belief that the Church has the solution to society's problems and it is only when the Church goes out into the society that we can reach our full potential as Christians.
Dr. Barksdale is a former Warden and Deputy Warden of Corrections, Counselor, and Probation/Parole Officer. He speaks often at retreats and workshops on issues with a focus on Youth, Singles, and Men.
On January 1, 1991, he retired from the United States Air Force with over twenty-one years of honorable service.
Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Barksdale