The CLI Board is committed to our mission in acts of service, governance and financial giving with 100% participation. We meet quarterly and hold an annual planning retreat to review our Master Plan and seek the Lord’s vision for CLI.
CLI Board Members
Rev. Knox “Kipper” Tabb, Jr. has been at Perimeter Church in Georgia for the last 18 years. He is the pastor over marriage, prayer, Celebrate Recovery and also the parish pastor for the Duluth & Lawrenceville Perimeter campus. He leads the 45 elders who help him shepherd the flock in this geographic area.
Kipper became addicted to alcohol at age 16 and was delivered by God at age 35. Once saved, he was discipled and in 1997, began vocational ministry. Kipper says that he “works with folks that may not physically be in prison but spiritually they are in bondage. God has shown me those incarcerated are hungry for spiritual food. CLI is a proven disciple-maker and that is the heartbeat of our church.”
Kipper and his wife, Missy, have raised four great kids and are enjoying their five grandchildren.
Four years ago, Mary began to ask the Lord to show her how she might serve to build up His body. A close friend shared about CLI and she sensed this was God’s answer: to invest in discipling the imprisoned. She knew that God was calling her to volunteer with CLI to disciple and teach those held captive in prison literally and spiritually.
Since then Mary has discipled an inmate through the Disciple of Christ study, regularly reviewed the Leadership Bible study lessons, served with the Program Ministry Team and, along with her husband, partnered financially. She continues to be amazed at the joy God gives her as she serves Him in these ways, observing His utter faithfulness to bring much fruit to the ministry. Mary and her husband Gary are members of North Ridge Church of the Christian Missionary Alliance.
Mary graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in early childhood education and taught first grade. She now works part time in a family medical practice.
John shares his story of imprisonment in order to honor God and help others. CLI was blessed to have John speak at our Advance the Light Dinners in Raleigh, Charlotte and Atlanta.
John says, “During my incarceration, I decided to use my time to get to know God better. The prison chaplain asked if I wanted to try the CLI Leadership Bible study. I thoroughly enjoyed the Leadership study. The material opened my eyes to the many things that Scripture had to offer. I enjoyed putting the lessons into practice, which gave me a way to apply what I had learned from the study to my daily life. I also shared my faith and helped others grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
John is the author of the book “Therefore I Have Hope,” founder of The Prodigal One ministry and writer of a weekly blog, “Beyond the Pigs.”
John graduated from Winona State University in Minnesota and spent 20 years in the financial planning industry. He lives in East Peoria, Illinois, with his wife, Julie, and sons, Jon and Nick.
Alan is a long-term CLI partner. He’s president and founder of NORLINX, a DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) total solution provider located in Wake Forest. His company ensures client’s data center’s reliability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness and maintains its peak performance.
Alan joined the CLI board in July 2017. He and his wife Janet are active members of Crossroads Fellowship.
Kathleen Skaar – Founder and CLI Executive Director
Kathleen Skaar is the founder and executive director of Christian Library International (CLI). After trusting Jesus as her Lord and Savior in 1995 at a women’s retreat, she grew in her relationship with God through Christian books and Bible study. Wanting others to have advantage of these resources, the Lord led her to begin CLI in 1996 at a Raleigh YMCA.
In 2002 CLI’s extra donated books and Bibles were offered to prison chaplains free of charge. This simple act changed the course of the ministry. Today CLI serves over 1,500 prisons, jails and youth detention centers in all 50 states.
Kathleen oversees the day to day operations of the ministry and with other board members plans for its future.
Prior to founding CLI, Kathleen worked for insurance companies and owned a couple of businesses. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Florida, a Master of Business from Meredith College and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kathleen is married and she is blessed with three grown children and nine grandchildren. She and her husband are members of Crossroads Fellowship Church in Raleigh.
CLI Financial Reports
The latest financial report – IRS 990 here CLI 990.
The 2017 budget is available here – CLI-2017 Budget. The budget also has a pie chart of our ministry/fundraising/operations ratio for the year.
A list of the prisons we serve and their locations is here CLI Outreaches.
The CLI Executive Summary for 2017 is here CLI Executive Summary 2017.