Jimmy was born and raised in Brooklyn NY and moved his family to West Virginia in 1991 accepting a position with the Grumman Aerospace Corporation as Plant Manager of their newly constructed assembly plant. He was married in 2013 after his first wife died several years before.
He remains open to the love of the Father being poured out through the Holy Spirit revealing Jesus, and hopes to be continually transformed, becoming a conduit of His love to the world! (Updated 11/2017)
Jim Beckman serves as the Executive Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He has been involved with Diocesan and parish ministry, evangelization and leadership development for many years. A graduate of Franciscan University and the Augustine Institute, Jim has served in various roles of leadership for national, regional and local ministry. He is a dynamic and passionate speaker and has a great love for the Church. He has built solid and thriving ministry programs in numerous parishes and Dioceses over the years. Jim also is the Executive Director of ImpactCenter, a non-profit dedicated to leadership development in the Catholic Church, and serves as an adjunct professor for the Augustine Institute, teaching on topics of leadership, evangelization and discipleship. He and his wife, Meg, live in Oklahoma City with their five children.
Beckman was first elected to the National Service Committee in 2015, and again in 2018.
She is the Bishop’s appointed Liaison for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Charismatic Renewal and, has also been elected to serve on the Steering Committee for the Association of Diocesan Liaisons.
In 2008, she was selected to serve on the NSC Council with a focus on developing priestly Involvement in the Renewal. In addition to, in Philadelphia, she serves on the Board of Catholic Charities and on the Committee for the Archbishop’s Benefit for Children. At the Papal visit in Philadelphia, she was the local Administrator for the World Meeting of Families International Charismatic event, and most recently, was on the planning committee for the 2017 National Jubilee Conference this past July in Pittsburgh. She was elected to the NSC this year. (Updated 3/2018)
Before his conversion John was going through very hard times with the family business and was not nice to be around, then he went to the Holy Spirit School of Prayer (Life in the Spirit). He felt an overwhelming feeling of peace and love. Previously, he would have had a very bad allergic reaction to incense, he would start choking and his throat would close. After baptism in the Spirit he was totally healed. He then noticed when he was at Adoration during a Festival of Praise, his children saw the incense encompasse his whole body and he did not get up running out of the building coughing and choking. He was HEALED. Praise God.
John and his wife Kim were members of the NSC Council from 2008 to the end of 2017. Last year, they were appointed Liaisons for the Renewal in the Diocese of Greensburg (PA). John is a small business owner with a background in computers and accounting. He has a talent for building and constructing, and likes to figure out how to solve problems. He and Kim have been married since 1989. They have four children. He was elected to the NSC this year. (Updated 3/2018)
Mother Lucy Lukasiewicz, DLJC was born, Linda Kay Lukasiewicz, in Grand Island, Nebraska. At age 17, Linda began to hear of and experience charismatic prayer meetings and baptism in the Holy Spirit. Soon after she she was given information about the Disciples of Lord Jesus Christ, which is a Catholic Charismatic Franciscan Religious Institute of Sisters. Linda came to the Disciples at age 19, and received the name Sister Lucy as a novice. She professed her first vows in 1984, and her final vows in 1988. She was elected Superior General January 21, 2002 and served in that position for 12 years, finishing her term in January 2014. She was re-elected Superior General in January 2020. She was elected to the National Service Committee in January 2012 and was re-elected in 2015 and 2018.
Sister Lucy’s greatest joy is praising the Lord and bringing people to a deeper realization of a great God who has a plan for their life. Her heart says, ”Lord, I am your servant. I have come to do Your will.” (Updated 5/2020)
Since July, 2013 Bill has been Pastoral Associate\Parish Manager of St. Andrew Catholic Parish in Chandler, AZ. He previously served as Executive Director of Living Water Retreat Center, and has also served as Director of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization for the Diocese of Phoenix for over 5 years – giving support, training and vision to pastors and youth leaders throughout the Diocese of Phoenix for effective youth and young adult evangelization.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arizona State University in Communications\Public Relations and his Master’s of Theology Degree from the University of San Francisco.
Since 1984 Bill has been active in youth, young adult and adult evangelization pioneering a variety of new methods of evangelization and catechists through the founding of Youth Arise North America (now Caritas in Veritate), and Catholic Network Ministry. From 1994 to 2000, he served as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s Director of Youth and Young Adults. In 1999 received the “Vision Award” from the Diocese of Phoenix in Youth Evangelization.
He is married to Beth and they have five children. Bill and his family reside in Tempe and attend Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. He was elected to the NSC in March 2015 and reelected this year. (Updated 3/2018)
After one year of college upon his discharge from the Navy, he was accepted by his archdiocese as a seminarian. His seminary formation began at Conception Seminary College, Conception, Missouri, and finished at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. It was during those years of seminary that he again had encounters with the Renewal specifically through retreats and fellow seminarians. Since his ordination, he has served as an associate pastor, a high school chaplain twice, and has been pastor for six different parishes.
His current assignment is as Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish and Chaplain of Bishop Ward High School both of Kansas City, Kansas. As a liaison and member of the Association of Diocesan Liaisons, he is the current Chairperson of its six-person Steering Committee. Since February of 2016, he has been religious formation with a new Augustinian public association of the faithful in his archdiocese called the Society of St. Augustine He was elected to the NSC this year. (Updated 3/2018)
As founder of New Evangelization Ministries, Deacon Ralph Poyo has become a useful tool for pastors in assisting them in training their parish leadership in evangelization. He has traveled extensively around the country serving as an evangelist and benefits from four years of diocesan and parish venues. With almost thirty years of parish ministry, he understands the complexities and diversities of various ministry environments. When Deacon Ralph is not consulting with parishes (www.NewEvangelizationMinistries.org), he is a popular national speaker capable of speaking to a wide variety of audiences. His passionate, humorous, and playful style has captivated adult and teen audiences across the country with the truth of the Gospel of Christ. This presentation style disarms his audiences, and he speaks directly to the issues that plague our efforts in living the Catholic Faith. Deacon Ralph is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, and has five daughters, two sons (in-law), and three grandkids. He was appointed to the NSC Council in 2017. (updated 3/2018)
Jorge Samaniego Jr.
Bio coming soon
Walter Matthews retired after serving as Executive Director for the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the United States from January 1993 until 2020. He began working for the National Service Committee as Associate Director in May 1984. He has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since January 1972 and has served in various leadership positions in the Renewal for over 40 years.
In April 1990 Pope John Paul II appointed Matthews to a five-year term as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The department is at the direct service of the Pope. His term, which had been extended one year, ended in April 1996. He has also served as an Advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Laity.
He is a native of New York City and is married to the former Claire Casey. The Matthews have three adult children (two of whom are married), two grandchildren, and live in Locust Grove, Virginia. (Updated 2/2015)
Alicia Hartle serves as executive director of Pentecost Today USA (the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the US) and is a founding member of an ecumenical household, The Oakland Prayer Group, Abba’s House, Unbound Pittsburgh-Greensburg, and Catholic Women’s Fellowship ministries. Born into the fire of Renewal in the Pittsburgh area, she has worked in ministry and business development on local, national, and international levels. Knowing God and making Him known are her greatest passions.
Pentecost Today USA is supported by over 50 leaders from throughout the US as Council Members. For more information and for a list of Council members click here.
Pentecost Today USA has five Consultants. There are two Episcopal Consultant, two Theological Consultants, and one Liaison Consultant. For more information and biographies please click here.