• Officers and Staff


Ryan Bowell, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bowell assumed the role of President of the Foundation on May 14, 2020. He previously served as Director of Credit Services beginning July 1, 2013. Mr. Bowell holds a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Business Administration and Accounting from Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana. He also is a Certified Public Accountant, having received the designation in 1997. Mr. Bowell has taken and passed the Series 63 examination required of individuals who must be registered under the laws of certain states to represent an issuer in the offer or sale of the issuer’s securities. Formerly Mr. Bowell was the Controller and Chief Financial Officer for Encompass World Partners, the international missionary arm of the Fellowship, from 1998 to 2013. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor for Grace College. Mr. Bowell is an active member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake, Indiana where he currently serves on the Business Commission and is the leader of an Adult Bible Fellowship.

Brenda S. Byers, Corporate Secretary/Treasurer and Director of Finance and Administration

Mrs. Byers is Secretary/Treasurer and Director of Finance and Administration for the Foundation.  She has been an employee of the Foundation since 1986.  Mrs. Byers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana, and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana.  Mrs. Byers is an active member of  the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, serving on the Second Wind team for Jefferson Elementary School and as chair of the human resource committee of WLGBC.

Staff (in alphabetical order)

Cheryl DeBoest, Bookkeeping

Cheryl serves in the position of bookkeeper, having joined the GBIF team in July of 2021. She is a Grace College graduate with majors in accounting and business administration. She began her career as a teller for Zimmer Credit Union (now Indiana Lakes Federal Credit Union), working there until she and her husband, Jesse, started a family. After a few years as a full-time mom, Cheryl took part-time employment at CE National doing donor reception and data entry. Her most recent employer was Grace College where she worked as a data support specialist in the Admissions Department.

Cheryl is married to Jesse DeBoest who is CFO of Momentum Partners. The couple has three children and two grandchildren. Cheryl and Jesse have been active members of Leesburg (IN) Grace Brethren Church since 1990.

Sue Lehman, Business Coordinator

Sue joined the GBIF staff in January of 2017 as the Administrative Assistant, and assumed the position of Business Coordinator in June 2020. Prior to her position at GBIF, she worked in the Finance Office at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church for 17 years. Sue graduated from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Sue is married to Bill Lehman who is a graduate of Grace College and is the Plant Manager at Creighton Brothers, LLC. Bill and Sue live in Warsaw and are active at Winona Lake Grace Community Church in Winona Lake, Indiana. They have two sons and a daughter.

Adam Lenon, Director of Credit Services

Adam assumed the role of Director of Credit Services on August 9, 2021. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Adam  is a licensed CPA in the state of Indiana, having received the designation in 2012. Formerly Adam was a Finance Manager at Zimmer Biomet where he worked in a variety of roles in accounting and finance beginning in 2013. He also serves as the Executive Secretary of Grace Village retirement community, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2017. Adam is married to Kyrsta Lenon, who is completing a degree in Human Services from Grace College in December 2021 and serves on the Board of Directors for Heartline Pregnancy Center in Warsaw. Adam and Kyrsta have four sons and are active members of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Carol Soto, Customer Service/Data Processing

Carol has been with GBIF since July 2000 and serves as customer service representative. She joined the GBIF staff from Ginter Electric, Inc. where she served as receptionist and office manager.  Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and theology with a minor in sacred music from Appalachian Bible College (Bradley, WV) where she graduated in 1976. She has served as a short-term missionary to Germany with Worldwide European Fellowship, now BMW, International, where she ministered for four years.

Carol is married to Dr. Mark H. Soto and has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.  Carol attends and serves at Calvary Baptist Church (Leesburg, IN) where Mark is pastor.

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