We are committed to serving as a loving, cooperative team, believing that teamwork best reflects the glory of God.
International House’s inception in 1998 came from Brenda’s participation in a prayer initiative for the 1040 Window. God soon opened doors for her to be in the homes of local international women, teaching them English. As that opportunity grew and grew, she recruited her friends to help her. In 2001 she founded Local GO!, which in 2004 became International House, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.
Brenda graduated with a B.A. in Social Work from Oral Roberts University in 1973. She earned her MSW in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 and received a B.A. in Pastoral Studies Ministries from Taylor University in 1999.
Ann joined the staff at International House in 2015. She volunteered with IHouse in a variety of ways over the span of 10 years. She has traveled extensively overseas on short term mission trips, both as participant and leader.
Ann is responsible for program implementation and infrastructure, personnel, public relations, and administration. Ann has a B.S. in Clinical Psychology from Trine University. She has also completed the Perspectives course and has served as an instructor, teaching lesson #13 The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches. Ann is TEFL and CPI certified and has held leadership and teaching roles in her church.
Heather joined the iHouse staff in October 2016. Prior to that, she was CFO at a local retail establishment for 14 years and worked in the medical field. She has traveled overseas on several short term medical mission trips and has spent time volunteering at a pregnancy resource center and within her church. Her most recent trip was traveling to Jordan to work with Syrian refugees in 2019.
Heather is responsible for managing the Glad Nations department of IHouse as well as assisting Ann in various programming and administrative functions within iHouse. Heather has an A.S. in Applied Science and is a Certified Medical Assistant, as well as being CPI certified. She has also completed Perspectives courses and is active in leadership and teaching positions at her church. Heather has a particular interest in helping those who have experienced trauma by working with them in both group and one on one settings.
Our Board of Advisors
Thanks to our Board, International House is able to have a profound impact on our community. We are currently seeking additional board members.
Bill has spent the last 30 years running small businesses across the country. Although Bill uses his entrepreneurial expertise to build successful businesses, his true passion is investing in the lives of people. Bill has a heart for developing and enjoying a diversity of rich relationships across the globe.
He has led multiple international missions trips as well.
Through his work on a variety of boards for over a decade he has had the privilege of taking an active role in supporting multiple ministries and non-profit organizations
Stan Church retired from a 40-year career in computers in 2016. He is trying his best to not just keep busy, instead focusing on ministry opportunities. He volunteers at Parkview, spends one day a week on the family farm and also helps out with a Burmese legal clinic. Coming up calendar entries will most likely include the Perspectives class as well as mentoring young men at Emmanuel Community Church.
He's been married for 38 years and his three children gifted him five grandchildren. He also enjoys participating in short term mission trips.
He graduated from Bethel College in Mishawaka with a B.A. in Human Communication, with minors in Journalism, Youth Ministry and Biblical Literature.
Bailey was first connected to International House through the in-home tutoring program in 2016. She has traveled overseas through multiple mission trips and studies abroad, and she is passionate about loving others and gaining a broader perspective through studying other languages and cultures. She works as Development Coordinator for a non-profit organization called Global Action, which provides biblical ministry training for pastors in the developing world. She also does freelance Spanish translation work on the side.
Bailey has a B.A. in International Languages from Grace College and a Certificate in English-Spanish Translation from New York University. She is actively involved in her church, where she leads an ESL ministry and serves on the Global Mission Team.
David has invested in the vision of International House for many years. He has volunteered as accountant for International House as well as treasurer for both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. He is currently a staff accountant for Aqua Source and is on the finance committee at Saint Joseph United Methodist Church. He has a BS, Accounting/Finance from Purdue University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
David has owned his own business for 10 years and has worked at Schnitz Accounting, Parkview Hospital, and General Dynamics.
He plans to travel with his wife of thirty years, Sarah, when he retires in a few years.
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