Our Key Staff
Jonathan Bernis, President & CEO
A Jewish Believer in Yeshua (Jesus), Jonathan Bernis is President & CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI). Jonathan has worked on the forefront of world evangelism since 1984, taking the Good News of Israel’s Messiah to the far reaches of the earth, to the Jewish People, and also to the Nations.
Today, as President & CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI), and our associated organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom, Jonathan directs all aspects of the ministry, including the weekly television program Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis, which airs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
JVMI’s mission is two-fold: Proclaiming the Gospel to the Jew first, and also to the Nations (Romans 1:16), and equipping the Church—providing education about the Hebraic roots of Christianity, the Church’s responsibility to Israel and the Jewish People, and how to share Messiah with the Jewish People. The Good News is proclaimed through television, print media, humanitarian/medical outreaches, and large-scale international festivals.
More than 560,000 people have attended our vibrant Hear O’ Israel! Festivals of Jewish Music & Dance throughout Eastern Europe, India, and South America. Millions more have participated via television broadcasts. Thousands have responded to altar calls, and about one third of those who have responded have been Jewish. More than a dozen new Messianic Jewish congregations have been birthed in the former Soviet Union through these outreaches. JVMI also partners with several other Messianic ministries to establish and operate Messianic Jewish Bible Institutes around the world to train leaders for Jewish ministry.
The lost and scattered tribes of Israel are of particular interest to Jonathan and Jewish Voice. A prophetic sign of redemption, as God is revealing these enigmatic peoples from Ethiopia to Eastern India, Jewish Voice has mobilized to reach out with essential humanitarian and medical provision, as God’s arm extended in the love of their Messiah. This is a very exciting and rewarding area of ministry, particularly close to Jonathan’s heart as these are the poorest Jewish communities on the earth.
A sought-after speaker, Jonathan also teaches at seminars and in conferences worldwide. He is a prominent leader in the Messianic movement and is a passionate supporter of Israel. He is the author of A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth.
Jonathan is the founding Rabbi of Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester, New York, where he served as Senior Messianic Rabbi from 1984 to 1993. He also founded and pastored the Messianic Center of St. Petersburg, Russia, where he lived and ministered from 1993 to 1997.
Jonathan and his wife, Elisangela, are the parents of two daughters, Liel and Hannah, and reside in Phoenix, Arizona.
Chuck Wooten, EVP & COO
Chuck Wooten was called by God to become the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI).
He joined JVMI in November 2015 after a successful business consulting career. His clients ranged from Fortune 50 corporations to small, local nonprofit organizations. As the President & CEO of Corona Consulting Corporation, he delivered a wide array of business process services to his clients on a global scale.
Prior to founding Corona Consulting, Chuck was a corporate Vice President for Sodexo in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In his role, he led a team of global business development Directors in finding, capturing and retaining clients that were mostly from the Federal Government agencies, including the Department of Defense. During his time with Sodexo, he was also named as the National Chairman for the H.O.N.O.R. organization, which provided tangible opportunity and respect to veterans of every military service and status.
In 2004, Chuck Wooten was heavily recruited to assume leadership of a major logistics strategic planning effort in Kuwait to design and plan a logistics support base for the Middle Eastern area of responsibility in direct support of American and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As that assignment concluded, Chuck was reassigned total responsibility to develop a globalization plan for his employer, a major, international logistics company. Upon achieving unanimous agreement for adoption of his plan by the Board of Directors, Chuck was transferred to Frankfurt, Germany in a Regional Director role to start new operations for the continents of Europe and Africa. Within 1.5 years, his department was the highest new revenue producer in the entire company.
After a stellar, 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Chuck was hired by Compaq Computer Corporation as a Senior Logistics Program Manager. In 2002, when Compaq merged with Hewlett-Packard, Chuck’s role expanded to include high-value contract negotiations for the Government and Education Markets. During his tenure at HP, Chuck was recognized each year as an “Outstanding Performer.”
Immediately upon graduating high school, Chuck enlisted in the Air Force. During his career, he was consistently promoted ahead of his peers and achieved the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant after only 18 years of service. His distinguished military career culminated in his selection as both a Wing (single base) and then subsequently, a Numbered Air Force (14 bases) Command Chief. In this role, he served in the senior-level advisory position for the Generals to whom he reported until his retirement in 1998.
Chuck earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland Baptist University with a major in Occupational Education and a minor in Logistics Management.
He and his wife, Lora have three grown children: Jeremy, Megan, and Jason. They live in Phoenix, Arizona.