Board of Directors

We are the governance body of Hope in the Harvest.   Dan Lutes – Interim Chair  I’m Dan Lutes, and an electrical engineer by trade, but my heart is with missions.  I serve as Missions Chairman at Christ United Methodist Church in Westfield, IN and have travelled several times with Travis and Gina on foreign mission...

We are the governance body of Hope in the Harvest.


IMG_9588Dan Lutes – Interim Chair 

I’m Dan Lutes, and an electrical engineer by trade, but my heart is with missions.  I serve as Missions Chairman at Christ United Methodist Church in Westfield, IN and have travelled several times with Travis and Gina on foreign mission trips.  I love their enthusiasm and heart for missions.  Without exaggeration, I can say they are truly the inspiration for what I do.  They are definitely living out the Great Commission:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”  — Matt. 28:19

Matt Beardsley – Secretary

I’m Matt Beardsley, and I am an attorney and CPA practicing in Frankfort.  I am excited to be a part of Travis and Gina’s ministry and I hope that through God’s grace that any talents I have to offer will help the mission to flourish.  I have admired Travis and Gina for many years for the enthusiasm that they have in everything that they do.  Their passion for mission work is infectious.  I was blessed to witness this firsthand on a trip to Honduras last fall, and I look forward to being a part of it in the future.

IMG_9602Rae Jahn – Treasurer *

I have been employed at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church for 31 years.  I was a member of the Thorntown Presbyterian Church until 2009 when I transferred my membership here.  I have been the financial secretary here at First EPC since 1985, so I feel that I have the experience needed to be the treasurer of Hope in the Harvest. I was raised in the Disciples of Christ Church and transferred to Presbyterian as an adult. I have been searching for a way to become more active in sharing my faith and feel that working with missions might be a way to do that, even though it might only be by staying home and supporting the people who are doing the “real work.”  I was especially drawn to Travis and Gina’s mission to teach “farming God’s way” and to help people learn how to feed themselves that way.

IMG_9596Brian Smith

I’m Brian Smith, and I work at Lamb Farms in Lebanon, IN.  I am also president of Agri-Stewards which strives to educate the subsistence farmer in third world countries to become better farmers through the Word of God.  Isaiah 58 speaks of Gods desire to break the yoke of the oppressed.  I am excited about what God will accomplish through Travis and Gina by educating and developing the oppressed.


Glover2Kathy Glover

Hello, I’m Kathy Glover. God has given me a heart to join Him in His mission field, sharing His love for others and his amazing gift of salvation! I have enjoyed serving on our Mission Team at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Frankfort, IN, and have been blessed to experience many mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, China, and recently to Liberia, Africa, where I served alongside Gina and Travis in their Hope in the Harvest ministry. I have learned that when the Holy Spirit prompts me to go, He will lead me and show me what He wants me to do – whether it is giving my testimony, facilitating a Womens’ Bible study, or teaching watercolor or knitting classes. Gina and Travis are truly a blessing to the Liberian people, and I am so thankful that God has allowed me to play a small part in this. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15.         

Lee1Shelly Lea

I’m Shelly Lea, and work as a video production manager at Wiley and Sons.  I traveled internationally for the first time when I participated in a mission trip with Hope in the Harvest Missions International.  I was so excited, passion filled and changed that upon returning to Indiana the board asked me to join the team and I accepted with the blessings of my family.  A year later our youngest son joined me to make a return trip to see the amazing work of sharing the gospel through agriculture in a country that needs the love Christ to feed their souls and produce to feed their families.  

Sheridan1Shan Sheridan

I’m Shan Sheridan with the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce and also Pastor of a small rural church in the southwestern corner of Clinton County in New Hope . I have been blessed to know Travis and Gina for several years and certainly look forward to working with them in this exciting and challenging endeavor. I believe Hope in the Harvest Mission International would be best and does capture the emotion and vision of what these two have been called to do.

russRuss Schwartz 

Hi!, I’m an education consultant who specializes in designing online learning courses. Since 2004, I’ve been playing various roles in developing the Liberia International Christian College at Ganta, Liberia. God has provided generously so that I could do this full-time since 2012. I also serve on the Advisory Board to ULICAF, which is an Indiana-based fundraising organization for the LICC and other ministries in Liberia.  When Gina and Trav approached ULICAF to dedicate a portion of the LICC campus to their agricultural education program in Liberia, their story was so compelling that I helped draft the partnership agreement and I did the preliminary design for the Agricultural Education Center. With God’s help, I foresee a day when Liberia will no longer be dependent on food imports. Farmers will produce a surplus to sell and use the profits to improve their lives and build the nation.

Karen Sutton *

An RN who spent 32 years working in hospitals in clinical areas and administrative positions such as education, quality improvement and risk management.  After moving from California back to Frankfort, IN (where I was born and graduated from high school) in 2008, my husband and I met Travis and Gina at our church.  We both fell in love with them and “adopted” them as our own.  We have supported their call to Liberia from the beginning, we strongly believe in the values and vision of HITHM, and are very thankful to be a small part of their team in Frankfort.  On Gina’s request, God led me to join the HITHM Board and become secretary in 2015.   Isaiah 55: 9-13 expresses God’s promise, specifically “my word that goes out from my mouth:  it will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;” (vs. 11).

 Kelly Kurth

I’m Kelly Kurth, the Associate Pastor at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Frankfort, Indiana, and I’ve traveled to Liberia with HITH in 2013 and in 2017. One of the things that captivates me most about Hope in the Harvest is its unique way of being a part of God’s redemptive and restorative work. The agricultural education and spiritual training that HITH facilitates lives up to its name, providing
hope in so many ways, as they invite participants to be a part of God’s ongoing story. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness
of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

  Kim Lumkes

Hello, I am Kim Lumkes and the Lord has put many experiences in my life that have led me to be part of HITH board. Throughout homeschooling over the last 12 years, I got to know Bill and Holly Sebald. I saw their desire for serving in Liberia grow and prayed for them often as they were deciding if moving to Liberia as full-time missionaries were God’s will. Through the Sebald’s, I met Travis and Gina Sheets and learned more about HITH and even attended a Farming God’s Way training. God used many experiences over the last 10 years to also teach me about missions and agriculture overseas. I was blessed to help lead student groups through my husband’s job at Purdue to many different countries. The one that made the largest impact was going to Cameroon, Africa where we lived in a village and helped with agriculture and built a sustainable 3 wheeled vehicle. God opened my eyes to a global world and a love for those people. I want to be involved in helping those at the ARC in Liberia and hope to go there to serve in the near future.


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