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Rick AlvisRichard (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 and their families.

Executive and Leadership Teams

There are four Executive Team members, including President/CEO 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.

  • Dwayne Gordon, Bloomington Area Director
  • Ron Beam, IT Administrator
  • Colleen Gore, Director of Women’s Services
  • William Bumphus, Director of Shelter for Men
  • Brandon Andrews, Director of Men’s Residential Center
  • Anthony Jackson, Interim Food Service Director
  • Barry Glaser, Director of Facilities
  • Robert Weller, Director of Human Resources
  • Tom Johnson, Director of Accounting
  • Bethany Alvis, Director of Volunteers
  • Brian Crispin, Director of Marketing
  • Tammy Ellis, Director of Special Events
  • Julie Alvis, Director of Donor Relations
  • Amy Nelson, Communications 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.

Click here for staff email addresses


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


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