• 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 also serves on the human resource committee, worship team, and as a member of the business commission for the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.

Staff (in alphabetical order)

Cindy Bushen, Bookkeeping

Cindy Bushen is the bookkeeper for the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. Cindy came to GBIF in 1999 from the Kosciusko Community Hospital, where she worked for 20 years filling various positions in the business office. A native of northern Indiana, Cindy was raised in the Plymouth area and is a graduate of Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.

Cindy and her husband, Art, have been active members of the Leesburg Grace Brethren Church since 1980, serving as Sunday School teachers, on various planning committees and as deacons. Art is a graduate of Grace Seminary and recently retired from CE National.  They have two daughters:  Karis and husband, Mike Miller, both graduates of Grace College and now residing in Petersburg, IN, and Karmen and Chris Fletcher, who live in Fort Wayne, IN.

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 Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana.   They have two sons, Jeremy and Michael and one daughter Emma who is married.

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 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 and Mark attend and serve at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.

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