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Board of Directors

Merritt Dilts, chair
General Manager, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Gloria Tucker, vice-chair
Trust associate, Key Private Bank

Brad Hartman, secretary
CPA, McGladrey, Elkhart

Don Rockwell, treasurer
Retired treasurer, Coachmen Industries

Ed Chester
Owner, Chester Law Office

Rev. Anne Cubbage
Pastor, First Congregational Church

Kevin Foy
Broker/Associate, Coldwell Banker, Roth, Wehrly & Graber

Barb Fridley
RN, Elkhart General Healthcare

Susan Ginther
Owner and president, Presentation Products

Tom Holt
President & founder, Yellow Dog Media

Bart Lefever
Co-owner, Lefever Plumbing and Heating

Rev. McNeal Stewart III
Pastor, Canaan Baptist Church

Terri Rickel
Vice President Corporate Banking, Lake City Bank

Skyler Walker
Owner, Time Flies Errand Services

CCS Management

Rod Roberson
Executive Director

Betsy Ayrea
Director of Soup of Success

Vonda Horst
Director of Social Services

Mary Kneller
Director of Food Services

Carol Willis
Director of Development



About Church Community Services

Note from the Executive Director

Rod Roberson

Rod Roberson
Executive Director

Church Community Services (CCS) was created 43 years ago as a ‘one stop’ location to address the issues of poverty in the Elkhart Community. During this time CCS has assisted countless people through not only issues of poverty, but issues of life. We are grateful to be used as tools in a bigger plan to strengthen the lives of our community. Please look through this website and we hope you find an opportunity to fulfill your desire to support a worthy cause. Call us and come in for a tour. Visit us on Facebook and join us in spreading the word. The tent is never too small at CCS.


Church Community Services was formed by local Elkhart church leaders in 1968 to pool resources and more effectively address issues faced by people in need. The first service was a food panty to provide food to the hungry. Supporting churches made available board members, food and other resources. For many years several staff and many volunteers provided services. In 1997 Soup of Success, a job and life skills training program for women, was created. The process of distributing food was changed in 2003 when our food pantry became a Client Choice Food Pantry, meaning clients get to shop for the food items they want. Emergency financial assistance was greatly expanded in 2004 with the adoption of Dave’s Place, a local volunteer ministry of several churches. Today CCS has 14 paid staff and utilizes nearly 200 volunteers. We are supported by 50 churches and serve over 2,000 families every month.


In partnership with congregations, organizations and individuals, Church Community Services fosters a community of care where the hungry are fed, the poor receive good news, all have shelter, and people are empowered on their journey toward a better quality of life.


Church Community Services is a faith based agency helping people of Elkhart County weather life’s storms and build more secure futures through emergency assistance and intensive job and life skills training.



Elkhart County Chamber of Commerce
Food Bank of Northern Indiana
Elkhart County Food Network
Make A Difference Michiana
Elkhart County Homeless Coalition
Downtown Churches Coalition