President – Scott Payne from Springfield, IL graduated from San Jose High School in 1977. In 1982, I graduated from Lincoln Christian College (University) with a BA in Church and Family Life Counseling. My parents dedicated me to ministry the moment I was born and made sure I was raised in the church. They provided a home life that was hospitable to all—which meant I had an opportunity to meet and learn from a host of godly people over the years who spent hours talking, praying and worshiping around our kitchen table. My parents gave me a foundation of truth and love, and for that, I will always praise God.
In the fall of 1977, the gift of a lifetime walked into my life—a young lady by the name of Constance Ann Gillespie. Four years later I married her, making January 10, 1981 the most significant day of my life. Over the years, God has blessed Connie and I with six children, each unique in their own wonderful way.
God then blessed my biological family with an expanded family that has shaped our lives beyond our wildest expectations. Connie and I—with children in tow—came to Inner City Mission on the prayer that God would lead us to the right place in ministry. He knew much better than I, because working with the homeless has turned out to be the perfect fit for all of us.
Vice President – Attorney David Otis Edwards from Springfield, ILfounded Edwards Group LLC in December of 2008 after spending more than a decade at another Springfield law firm. As the child of school teachers, David grew up in a home where being an educator was considered a noble profession. The ability to make the complicated seem logical, while guiding others to deeper understanding seemed instinctive. It wasn’t until he went away to law school that he realized most attorneys didn’t approach life, or their clients, in the same way that he did. In establishing the Edwards Group LLC in Springfield, Illinois, David created a different kind of law practice — one that focuses on lifetime planning for real life issues.
His goal of creating an estate planning law firm of this kind was unheard of in Central Illinois — a place where the entire office, attorney and staff, were all focused on one thing — creating estate plans that worked and flawlessly served the families they were created for. In order to make his dream a reality, he implemented a series of changes that, even today, are one of a kind in this area.
Treasurer – Joe Kuhlman from Springfield, IL graduated from ISU with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1997. He currently works for the Illinois Department of Transportation as an Internal Auditor. Joe and his wife Lisa of 21 years have five children and attend Christ Church, PCA in Normal, IL.
Joe has a great desire to be supportive of men’s ministries as he sees men as critical to the health of families, the church, and to the larger society and nation.
Board Member – Don Goodenow from Springfield, IL is the President of Goodenow Insurance Agency Inc whose responsibilities include everything from sales and marketing, developing new agents to long term planning. Don and his wife of 23 years Connie are raising 3 boys, Johnathon, Joseph and James to understand their roles as future leaders in Christs Church. Don is the Lay Leader of Cantrall United Methodist Church and is a Certified Lay Speaker in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference/Sangamon River District. He is an active member of the Gideons International and is always searching for ways to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Don has helped to organize and sponsor 5K races whose proceeds were designated for RPM. He has a strong belief that Relevant Practical Ministries for Men is an organization that fills a hole missing in many churches today; Helping to equip men to better follow the biblical principles of manhood.
Board Member – Mike Sheeley from Terre Haute, IN
Board Member – Bill Weiss from Champaign, IL grew up in Aurora, IL, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1992 with a degree in civil engineering and currently works for a consulting firm located in Urbana. By God’s grace Bill was re-introduced to Jesus Christ after many years of sitting on the sidelines. He has been married to Cindy since 2000 and is step-dad to Ellie and Mary Grace. Bill and Cindy are active members at New Horizon United Methodist Church in Champaign
Bill attended his first Iron Sharpens Iron conference in 2010. He caught the vision for how impactful gathering men for a day of stout Christ-centered worship could be . He has served as the Champaign ISI Volunteer Conference Director for 7 years.
Board Member – John Swinford from Springfield, ILis the Operations Manager for WLUJ Christian Radio in Springfield and is responsible for the day to day operation of the station along with some on air host responsibilities. John and his wife Cari, of 30 years raised two beautiful daughters who have blessed them with two wonderful grandsons, Ian and Oliver. John brings experience in Leadership, Management and Ministry. His education includes a Graduate Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Graduate Degree in General Ministry from Lincoln Christian Seminary. John has served as an elder for many years, a men’s ministry leader and as an ordained Minister of Christ, serves as the Pastor of Sweetwater Christian Church. As a retired United States Marine, John serves as co-leader for REBOOT Combat Recovery which, is a ministry helping to equip veterans deal with the moral and spiritual wounds of war by addressing the hopelessness leading to 22 veterans a day choosing to take their own life. John has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Springfield, Iron Sharpens Iron Conference for many years and is actively involved in one-on-one discipleship as a means of leading other men into spiritual maturity, so they, in turn can lead others. John and his wife Cari live in Williamsville, Illinois.
Not Pictured – Board Member – Sam Marshall from O’Fallon, IL