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.
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.
Clay is a key Charlotte CLI Partner. He is Managing Partner at H2O Drying Solutions in Charlotte, NC for the last 10 years. H20 Drying Solutions is a water damage restoration company serving the Piedmont NC and Upstate SC region. Clay has a degree in Business from the University of Florida.
Clay joined the CLI board in April 2018.
Kyle Bass – Thomasville, GA
Kyle Bass, is currently the assistant chaplain at the Thomas county jail in Thomasville GA. Kyle gave his life to the Lord in 2008, and began the CLI discipleship correspondence program in 2009. Today, Kyle owns a small business and is the Director of a men’s transitional facility he co-founded in 2017. Even though Kyle spent most of his youth/young adult life incarcerated and addicted, he is a refreshing reminder of God’s glorious grace, and the importance of discipleship. Kyle credits all of his Christian leadership training to Jesus, and the volunteers and staff of CLI.
Kyle’s mission in life is to be used by the heart of the Father in transforming men and women into trophy’s of grace. He and his wife Heather are actively involved in their home church, Victory Fellowship, and are enjoying life as they raise their four children.
Kyle joined the CLI board in August 2018.
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 1,600 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-2018 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 2018 is here CLI Executive Summary.