About Us

Meet the founders

Bob & Johna Hale

Johna Hale, President

Johna Hale is cofounder of the original L.I.F.E. Ministries International now operating as Captives Free. In her position as President, Johna provides executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry. Johna’s father struggled with multiple addictions for years, in addition to which she experienced the effects of sexual addiction in earlier marriages. She has long been involved in Christian ministries and has a passion to provide a safe place within the Christian community for those struggling with the effects of addiction and has practiced as a Christian counselor specializing in addiction recovery under Living Water Ministries. Johna holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations and Speech Communication, both from the University of Kansas, in addition to holding an MA in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Cornerstone University. An Ordained Minister in Counseling, she has done extensive work in Bowen Family Systems. johna@captivesfree.com 

Bob Hale, Chief Operating Officer 

Bob Hale is also a cofounder of L.I.F.E. Ministries International under which Captives Free now operates. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Bob draws from more than two decades of ministry experience to direct the day-to-day activities and operations of the ministry. In addition to his position at Captive Free, Bob has served as President of Living Water Ministries, a Christian counseling ministry operating in the Central Florida community, and provided managerial and financial consultation for Crown Ministries when they were located here.  Bob holds a Masters in Business Administration from Auburn University and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and in Business Management. In addition, Bob served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years in strategic missile and space development programs and retired in 1985 at the rank of colonel.  Bob was active in the Promise Keepers men’s ministry program for a number of years, and previously led the men’s ministry program at Orlando-based Calvary Assembly of God.  bob@captivesfree.com           

Purpose Statement

To create safe and healing places—locally and globally, in person and online—for anyone struggling with addiction


We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit to be the final authority for doctrine, instruction, correction and healing.

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life.  He was crucified and buried; and rose again from the dead to ascend into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to the earth in power and great glory.

We believe that faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is the only thing that saves us from slavery to sin, the consequences of death, and eternal separation from God.  It was He, in perfect obedience to the will of the Father, who took the penalty of our sin upon Himself, and thus enable us to have eternal life in the power of His resurrection.

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, who carries out this work of redemption, restoration and renewal in our lives, so that we can live in personal relationship with God the Father and in obedience to His will.

We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is composed of all who know Him as Savior and Lord, regardless of denominational heritage or beliefs.