We are proud to introduce our dedicated staff
Bill Sparks, Executive Director
Bill has served as the director of Gilead Ministries for 20 years. Before ministry, Bill worked in retail management. In 1992, Bill began ministry as a pastor at Calvary Community Church in Marion, IN. While at Calvary he served in the community as an on-call and contract chaplain for Marion General Hospital, a volunteer Chaplain's Assistant at Caylor-Nickel Hospital, a staff chaplain for the Grant County Sheriff's Department. Bill also served as a death investigator with the Grant County Coroner’s office. In 1999, Bill resigned from Calvary and began Gilead Ministries.
Over the years Bill has experienced growth in the ministry through conferences, training for counseling, critical incident management, overseeing the spiritual development of individuals with addictive related incarceration. In addition Bill has class hours at Southeastern Free Will Baptist, Evangelical Church Alliance, Community Church of Greenwood's and other various training.
Bill continues to serve his community by helping other non-profit directors with their mission and fundraising, filling in for pastors who are away from their church and teaching and speaking in many different settings. He is so thankful for God's grace in his life, which keeps him spiritually and professionally full.
Teresa Brown, Assistant Director & Volunteer Coordinator
Teresa joined Gilead as a board member in 2000. Teresa prayed for the Lord to provide an opportunity to walk with families like hers that were affected by cancer. The same day she said this prayer, Bill called and asked Teresa to be on the board.
After five years as serving on the board, Teresa became the Assistant Director and Volunteer Coordinator. Theresa helps people get plugged into Gilead, manages cards that Gilead sends and assists Bill with other roles related to the ministry
Teresa's advice for individuals or families battling cancer:
“Be willing to reach out to people and share with people. One thing that I used to feel was important was that you had to have everything all together, but that’s not good. Be transparent, vulnerable, let people see, a allow them to come alongside you."
Ginny Soultz, Telephone Encouragement Team Leader & Telephone Volunteer Trainer
Ginny recruits and trains volunteers for Gilead’s phone encouragement ministry, as well as a variety of other ministries.
Ginny has a rich history in ministry. She grew up in Burundi, Africa as a missionary kid and later became a pastor’s wife. For 17 years Ginny taught French at Indiana Wesleyan University before receiving the call to ministry. For the past six years, Ginny has served as a chaplain at Heritage Pointe of Warren.
Why Ginny thinks you should volunteer with Gilead:
“Our ministry is connecting hurting people to those who can care for them and walk their difficult journey with them. Our volunteers often give testimonies that though they intended to be a blessing to others through their ministry at Gilead, they end up receiving twice the blessing!”