Richard (Rick) A. Alvis has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wheeler Mission Ministries since 1990. He is a 1977 graduate of Ft. Wayne Bible College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education and is an ordained Christian Union minister. Just prior to assuming his duties at Wheeler Mission, he served as the Executive Director of the Evansville Rescue Mission for 10 years. In 1992, he was listed in “Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans.” Rick has also served the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions in several capacities, including Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and as President from 2003–2009. He currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). He lives in the Indianapolis area with his wife Julie and enjoys spending time with their three adult children.
Executive and Leadership Teams
There are four Executive Team members, including President Rick Alvis. Others are:
- Steve Kerr, Chief Development Officer, who is responsible for all fund raising efforts;
- Cal Nelson, Chief Program Officer, who oversees all ministerial programs and activities; and
- Kerry Sell, Chief Administrative Officer, who directs all ministry operations and finances.
In addition, there is a Leadership Team, comprising the members of the Executive Team and the heads of certain departments.
- Eric Gardner, Director of Men’s Shelter and Residential Center
- Dwayne Gordon, Director of Hebron Center
- Jim Ellis, Maintenance Supervisor
- Robert Evans, Director of Thrift Store & Distribution Center
- Ron Beam, IT Administrator
- Colleen Gore, Director of the Center for Women & Children
- Angela Wirth, Food Service Director
- Barry Glaser, Housekeeping Supervisor
- Robert Weller, Director of Human Resources
- Tom Johnson, Director of Accounting
- Bethany Alvis, Director of Volunteers
- Brian Crispin, Director of Marketing
- Amy Nelson, Communications Coordinator
- Tammy Ellis, Special Events Coordinator
Wheeler employs more than 65 full-time staff members and more than 55 part-time staff members. In addition, many temporary staff members join our work during the busy winter season. All employees are evangelical Christians, attend area churches, adhere to an ethical code of conduct, and sign a statement of faith.
Wheeler has about 8,000 different volunteers over the course of a year, who contribute more than 40,000 hours annually. Most volunteers work very closely with staff, but some programs are run almost entirely by volunteers, like the Ladies Auxiliary and the Medical and Dental Clinics. It would take more than $730,000 to match the efforts of our volunteers every year. Click here for more info on volunteering