Founder of Provident Ministries, Pastor of Christ Chapel Church
Stephen Sumrall is the founder and president of Provident Ministries, Feeding the Nations and the Senior Pastor of Christ Chapel Church. He has achieved national and international recognition as a humanitarian, leader, and pastor. Stephen attended Elim Bible Institute in Lima, New York and graduated from Trinity College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Stephen holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Indiana Christian University.
Stephen has been in ministry since the age of 24, serving in many capacities. He has worked in Christian broadcasting hosting a daily television program. Today he is the Lead Pastor of Christ Chapel Church
Pastor Steve is a family man who understands the importance of ministering to the needs of the whole person: body, soul, and spirit. Steve and his wife Diane were married in 1978 and have five children and eight grandchildren. They love being parents and grandparents and have a balanced and realistic approach to ministry with an emphasis on steadfast faith in a rapidly changing world. Pastors Steve and Diane are aware of the significant challenges facing families today and address those needs with answers based on Biblical truth.
Josh has been on staff with Feeding The Nations and Provident Ministries since 2008. He has a bachelors of science from Michigan State University and proudly supports his Spartans. He is a licensed and ordained minister through the Provident Ministerial Network, and currently serves as the Student Ministries Pastor at Christ Chapel in South Bend, Indiana.
Rachelle received her Secondary Ed teaching degree from Oral Roberts University. She is the worship director at Christ Chapel and coordinates the ministry tours to Israel. Josh and Rachelle have been married for 15 amazing years. Together they are the parents of two boys, they’re excited about all that God has in store for them!
Leslie and her husband Brad are the Kids Ministry Directors at Christ Chapel Church. They have a heart to see children grow in Jesus and have fun when they come to church. Leslie and Brad have 5 kiddos and are in their 8th year of homeschooling! In addition to being a home educator, Leslie taught and directed a successful early childhood education program at a local preschool. Leslie also leads worship at Christ Chapel.
Bill has over 50 years of experience in accounting and finance, having worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Bill was called into the ministry in 1970 and has served as assistant pastor. He worked on the streets with drug addicts and prostitutes in the 70s, and has had two jail ministries in two different states. Bill loves to teach on the gifts of the spirit, five-fold ministry, personal evangelism and The Tabernacle Plan. Bill has made five short-term missions trips to Latvia (former USSR satellite) and has ministered on the Latvian National radio station to over a million people. Bill and his wife, Carolyn, have been married 54 years and have served the Lord since 1952. They were raised in the same church in Portsmouth, Ohio. They have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Michael Vellner has been serving the Lord for over 40 years and has been ordained as a minister since 1995. He and his wife, Marylin have been married 50 years, have three sons and six grandchildren. Mike’s gifting as a Bible teacher presently has him teaching at Westville State Prison and St. Joseph County Jail. He is also an instructor with Prison Fellowship Ministries holding seminars for the State Works Release System. Mike works for Provident in the ministry of helps, as a custodian. He retired from a long custodial career with the school corporation.