Our Key Staff
Jonathan Bernis, President & CEO
Jonathan Bernis is a Jewish Believer in Jesus who has been a leader in Messianic Jewish ministry for more than thirty years and who currently serves as President and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI).
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 keys to effectively and sensitively sharing Messiah with the Jewish people. Jonathan hosts JVMI’s syndicated television program, “Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis,” broadcast to over 575 million homes worldwide through local, cable, and satellite networks as well as the Internet.
JVMI also conducts humanitarian/medical outreaches to some of the most impoverished Jewish communities on earth, including regular outreaches in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and other points of need around the world. Through these outreaches, JVMI has provided medical, dental, and eye care that has saved lives, restored eyesight, and shared the Gospel message of the Messiah with hundreds of thousands of Jewish people and their neighbors. As a result, dozens of Messianic congregations have formed, and through its Congregational and Leadership Development team, JVMI comes alongside new believers and emerging leaders with discipleship, training, and support.
JVMI also ministers through large-scale international Festivals of Jewish Music & Dance throughout Eastern Europe, India, Africa, and South America. Millions more have participated through television broadcasts. Thousands have responded to the Gospel message, and more than a dozen new Messianic Jewish congregations arose in the former Soviet Union through these outreaches.
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 1996. In 1998, Jonathan was called upon to take up the mantle of leadership for Jewish Voice Broadcasts, a ministry founded by Louis Kaplan, and the ministry merged with Jonathan’s Hear O’ Israel Ministries to become Jewish Voice Ministries International.
As a Jewish Believer, Jonathan is passionate about fulfilling the call of sharing the Gospel with Jewish people, knowing that there is salvation in no one else, and there is no other name under Heaven than the name of Jesus by which all men – Jew or Gentile – are saved (Acts 4:12).
Jonathan is the author of several books including A Rabbi Looks at the Supernatural, A Hope and A Future, A Rabbi Looks at the Afterlife, A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days, and A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth.
Jonathan and his wife, Elisangela, reside in Phoenix, Arizona with their two daughters.
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.