Keith Carlson loves to see things grow, one of the most exciting of which has been the Grace Care Center and all the relationships and transformations that have resulted. Since 2007, he has served as Grace’s Pastor of Outreach & Care. With gentleness and humility, Keith has led the church in defining and developing its outreach mission, resulting in partner ministries in the broken places of the world—and providing paths for Grace individuals and families to connect through prayer, service and donations. Upon joining the Grace staff in 2000, Keith became the leader in helping Grace become a church-planting body—an initiative that resulted in a handful of church plants early on and continues to this day. Before coming to Grace, Keith and his wife planted a church in Florida, and then owned a small business selling gourmet chocolates. Growing up in California, he loves the outdoors, hiking the entire John Muir Trail twice and completing a few marathons (slowly). Keith earned a master of divinity degree from Trinity International University after graduating from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s in philosophy and biblical studies. Keith and Rosalyn have been married for 26 years with three children—all but one of which have flown out of the nest.
Chairman of the Board
Greg Guevara has served churches and faith-based nonprofits throughout his entire working career. After helping lead church planting teams in Michigan, Ohio and Florida, Greg was an Elder and the Chairman of the Governing Board at Grace Church in Noblesville, Indiana, from 2011-15. He served in executive leadership roles from 1999-2006, including as the Executive Director of Reliant Mission (formerly Great Commission Ministries) in Orlando, Florida (www.reliant.org/). As a partner in the labor and employment law group at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis where he’s been recognized among The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2011, Greg helps businesses and nonprofits achieve their goals. He also is honored to serve as outside legal counsel to Shepherd Community Center whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty on the near eastside of Indianapolis (www.shepherdcommunity.org). Greg is passionate about supporting the ministry of the Grace Care Center and expanding the ministry to serve more friends and neighbors in Hamilton and Marion counties in central Indiana. Greg and his wife Kathy, who is an assistant director at the Grace Care Center’s Choice Food Pantry, have four children.
Shane Whybrew carries a contagious passion for helping others accomplish their development and fundraising goals to impact communities and the world around them. For more than 22 years, he has been connecting donors to faith-based and nonprofit organizations, helping them build, grow, develop and steward relations. A master networker and compelling visionary, Shane has a track record of spurring on others to develop ideas and events into something bigger than initially envisioned. Before joining the Grace staff, Shane served in donor engagements at Bethany Christi an Services, helping keep families together and finding families for children in need. He developed a constituency of donors (in Indiana, Kentucky and the Chicagoland area) by engaging businesses, organizations and individuals with what God was doing locally and around the world through Bethany. Shane’s experience also includes development and fundraising at FAME, where he directed volunteers in the organization’s medical warehouse and led medical-focused mission trips to Africa, Central America, South America and the island of Hispaniola. He also was a consultant in connect ing the Church Development Fund (CDF) with investors. An Indianapolis native and 1994 Purdue University graduate, Shane and his wife, Kris, have three children.
Marcus Casteel truly knows the challenges and emotions of living on food pantries. He visited them for a month to receive food (reimbursing each pantry for what he received) and sustain his own needs, but more importantly, allow Grace Church to better understand the needs and gaps when it opened its own choice food pan try in July 2012. Marcus was the leader in developing and launching Grace’s choice food pantry, which allows families to shop and select the items that meet their needs, just like a grocery store. Today, Marcus also oversees referral services, the vehicle ministry and ESL classes—all part of the Care Center, which impacts around 2,500 individuals each week. Since joining the Grace staff in 2005, Marcus has served in various capacities, including with the pastoral staff (as project director) and student ministries (as senior director). Previously, he was owner/operator of a Gold’s Gym and on the national staff of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He carries a passion for creating and developing new things as well as helping and coaching others. He also loves landscaping, cooking (he’s quite the chef) and his family—three sons and wife Kirsten, all volunteers at the Care Center.
Phil Abookire took a leap of faith as a volunteer when the Grace Care Center opened in 2012—and he’s given regularly of his time and talent ever since. Today, Phil serves weekly as a coach of the pantry’s food intake/sorting team and full time as the volunteer Executive Director of the GCC Trust. Phil is a volunteer at Midwest Food Bank where he also transports pallets of food to the Grace Care Center. Recently, Phil retired as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector traveling across the United States, providing him with more time for the kingdom work he loves. A degreed mechanical engineer, he spent his early years with General Motors in manufacturing, quality engineering, purchasing, materials management, sales and systems development. After 20 years at GM, Phil purchased a playground manufacturing company, earning five annual awards in 10 years from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business as a high potential, fast growing Indiana company.
Jon Kizer is an active volunteer wherever he goes. At Grace Church, he volunteers at the Grace Care Center and formerly co-directed the Grace Basketball League — an outreach to more than 200 men in the Indianapolis area. Elsewhere, Jon serves meals to the homeless at Wheeler Mission while also serving on the board of directors at Chaucie’s Place working to prevent child sexual abuse and youth suicide in Hamilton County. Previously, he was a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana and member of the Rotary Club in Indianapolis. As founder and president of Direct Path Alliance, Jon leverages nearly 30 years of practical business experience to help solve complex problems for clients. Before starting Direct Path in 2007, Jon was director of state and local government for Haverstick Consulting, Inc. where he developed executive client relationships and consulting teams that delivered more than $50 million in business and technology contracts in 2005-06. Jon played a key role in defining the critical path for various enterprise initiatives for the State of Indiana, including components related to planning, program management, business process improvement, organizational change management, financial analysis and technology enablement.
After returning from a short-term mission trip to New York City Relief in 2015, Cara Augspurger felt passionate about God’s call to serve through local outreach and the Grace Care Center. She continues to return to NYC Relief as a volunteer in street ministry to help the poor and homeless with resources leading to life transformation, as well as using her fundraising expertise to advise and assist the nonprofit organization in development and initiatives. Cara has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit board management, fundraising and alumni relations. Through experience in higher education (where she has a master’s degree), ministry, advocacy and fraternal organizations, Cara now is the owner of Extra2Hands LLC where she consults a number of nonprofit organizations on project specific initiatives, including board development, planned giving, scholarship development, annual fund management, contribution tracking and donor stewardship. Her specialties also include fundraising training, donor relations and stewardship, conference planning, committee and volunteer relations and management, database management, communications planning, and writing and copy editing. Grace Church attenders for more than 14 years, Cara and her husband Nathan are University of Illinois alumni and reside in Noblesville, Indiana, with their three children.
Anthony Brock strives to achieve sustainable improvement in marketing performance, technology, and analysis that delivers actionable customer insights. He is passionate about growing through giving and leadership. Anthony also dedicates his time to nonprofits through marketing donations. He believes giving should be part of every company as an effective SBU and that each company is uniquely called to give. He graduated from Indiana University – Indianapolis with a BA in Economics and a minor in Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business. He is currently an MBA student at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois. He has been a follower of Jesus through Grace Community Church since 2014. Anthony resides in Westfield, IN with his wife Kelli and their three children.