Meet our Shepherds

Elmwood Shepherds

Our Shepherds are available most Wednesday nights for prayer at 6 p.m. at the Elmwood building and other times by appointment. Contact Marihelen to schedule a time to meet with our Shepherds so that they can get to know you better and better be able to serve and pray for you.

Bill Bell
Bill has been a shepherd since 1997. He and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1977. They have two sons and two grandsons. Professionally, Bill is a chemical engineer and is employed at Eli Lilly and Company. He enjoys sports, computers, reading, astronomy and the outdoors. “The church is the hope of the world. Proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel has been entrusted to no other institution. We must be equipped for and fully engaged in the ministry of reconciliation.”

Joe Mathews
Joe Mathews has been a shepherd at Elmwood since 2002. He retired in 2011 from Ice Cream Specialties after 17 years of service.  He and Joyce have been married since 1970 and have two daughters and 5 grandchildren. Joe enjoys reading and playing golf.

Rick Swensen
Rick Swensen has been a shepherd at Elmwood since 1978. He is a retired psychology professor from Purdue University. He and Doris have been married 68 years, have five children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Rick serves on the Purdue Retirees Benefits Committee as the Purdue Retirees representative to the Purdue Faculty Compensation and Benefits Committee. He also serves as the chairman of the Finance Committee at University Place, a retirement community affiliated with Purdue University.

Don Vice
Don Vice is retired from the Purdue University Fire Department. He has two children and six grandchildren.  Don enjoys golf, woodworking, bowling, and Bible study. He has been a shepherd at Elmwood since 2000. His vision is that each member should realize that God has a special assignment for each of us, and he works tirelessly to that end.

Joe Ruhl
Joe Ruhl has been a shepherd at Elmwood since March of 2009.   He teaches biology, human genetics, and science research at Lafayette Jefferson High School.  He and Gail have been married since 1981, and have two children and three grandchildren.  Joe enjoys fishing, hunting, sports, reading (history or science), and teaching.  His special interests include Christian apolo-getics and the complementary nature of science and faith.