Our story.

People in Evansville struggle in poverty,
causing negative effects in their lives and those around them.

The Evansville Christian Life Center was formed over 30 years ago to help those struggling in poverty. When a nearly 100-year-old monastery building was given to Bethel Church in 1986, our work of restoring people from need to potential in Christ began.

This work has grown to include hundreds of area churches, businesses, and organizations, and thousands of individuals (like you!) who join together as volunteers, donors, clients, and staff to fight poverty and strengthen families.

Many who go through these services move forward out of poverty and then make a difference in the lives around them.


Our mission.

The Evansville Christian Life Center is dedicated to the restoration of people.

Our mission is to make a life changing spiritual impact that will restore people to productive and independent living through Jesus Christ. By networking human and financial resources, our goal is to effectively meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of families and individuals.


Everything we do is founded upon and fueled by the good news and love of Jesus Christ.

We also gratefully partner with those of varying beliefs.

As an organization, we subscribe to the following basic statement of faith as adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals.


Our Leadership

Gina Gibson CEO

Katie Merrick Grunow Executive Director

Stephen Ralph Director of Anti-Poverty Initiatives

Leslye Scheller Director of Medical Services

Sharon Taylor Director of Operations

Madison Salamanca Marketing Manager

Katie Sutton Development Associate

Board of Directors

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Julie Dingman Board President

Vice President of Ambulatory Practices and Chief Operating Officer, Deaconess Clinic

Terry Wheeler Former Board President

Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch

Ashley Green Board Vice President

Educator, Mentor, Volunteer

Joe Manzo board member

Joe Manzo Treasurer

Director of Finance – America Water

Holly Gillespie Board Secretary

Executive Director, First Christian Church, Newburgh

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Jill Scholl

Information Security Director and Privacy Officer, Old National Bank

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Chuck Elliott Spiritual Advisor

High School Pastor, Bethel Church

Brian Hancock ECLC board

Brian Hancock

Senior Account Executive, EPIC Brokers

Jody Smith

828 Properties, LLC, President

Susan Brumley

Deaconess VP of Ancillary Services

Gregg Maurer

Director of Field Operations, Centerpoint Energy

Kyle Kempf

Commercial Loan Officer, Indiana Members Credit Union

Emeritus Board Members:

E. LYNN JOHNSON, Retired: Bristol Meyers Squibb
DOUG DIEKMAN, Manager, Jack Henry Loan Marketplace
REV. DAVID SCHWAMBACH, Pastor, Bethel Temple Church
STEVE GORMAN, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
C. MARK HUBBARD, President, Evansville Sheet Metal Works
JIM KECK, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
ALI NIEMEIER, Inside Sales Representative, Berry Global
JANET HELDT BAAS, Retired Foundation President, SVP, Old National Bank