General Treasurer/CFO

Our Mission

The Office of the General Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer exists to serve Christ and the Church as it allocates and manages resources.

We believe the most unbelievable, awesome blessing in life is to have a personal relationship with God our Creator, through Christ our Redeemer. Our aim is to put him first in all we do and to seek his wisdom, guidance and blessing. Out of the abundance of his grace to us flows our desire to serve both him and you. Our work is a form of worship.

Our calling leads us to serve The Wesleyan Church by stewarding financial resources, providing personnel services and facilities management to the General Church and to serve as a partner to resource the mission of various denominational institutions including districts and local churches.

We welcome your comments, observations and ideas as we partner together in transforming lives, churches and communities through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ.

Financial Accountability

The Wesleyan Church demonstrates its commitment to faithful stewardship, financial accountability and transparency through its membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. We annually provide documentation and reports that demonstrate our commitment to their standards of membership.  The ECFA seal on our website pages is a testimony to our commitment to transparency.

We annually engage an independent accounting firm to perform an audit in accordance with standards generally accepted in the United States. These audited financial statements are prepared for the General Board of The Wesleyan Church in accordance with The Wesleyan Discipline. Inquiries about these financial statements may be directed to CFO@wesleyan.org.

Regulatory Resources

 Our Team

It is an incredible privilege to serve with this talented and dedicated General Treasurer/CFO team. To learn more about them, please check out the bios below.

Kevin Batman

Kevin Batman

CFO/General Treasurer

batmank@wesleyan.org – 317.774.3941

Kevin Batman is the General Treasurer/CFO of The Wesleyan Church serving to practically resource the missional priorities of The Wesleyan Church. In his position he is responsible for finance, human resources and facility management. He serves on the Executive Cabinet, as well as on the boards of Wesleyan Investment Foundation, Wesleyan Pension Fund, Houghton College and World Hope International. Kevin is passionate about resourcing others at the general, district and local church levels.

A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, he is a certified public accountant. Previously, he was a partner in a small business, owned his own tax-practice concentrating on clergy taxation and was controller of a large Indiana bank. As a layman, he has held numerous district and local church leadership positions including district treasurer, camp treasurer, LBA vice-chair and church treasurer. Kevin is married to Teresa and has four children: Ben, Brad, Bailey and Braden.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3, ESV

Jake Lapp

Jake Lapp

Chief Information Officer

lappj@wesleyan.org – 317.774.3942

Jake, a 2006 Indiana Wesleyan University graduate with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Management, has been at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters for five years. He is a CPA that has worked at a CPA firm specializing in churches and Christian non-profits, served as treasurer for two local churches and currently serves as an advisory for small nonprofits. He has a passion for church finances. He is responsible for financial reporting, internal controls, Wesleyan Publishing House operations and state and federal compliance. He enjoys helping local church treasurers and using his skills to expand the kingdom. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 12 years, Diane, and his sons, Sam (8) and Josh (6). He also enjoys fishing, golfing and woodworking.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Joyce Hazen

Joyce Hazen

Executive Assistant

hazenj@wesleyan.org – 317.774.3941

Joyce serves as Executive Assistant to Kevin Batman and provides administrative support to the GTO team. Specific responsibilities include managing corporate cell phones, serving as tenant liaison and chairing the Engage committee. Having recently joined the team in January 2018, she is learning much about The Wesleyan Church. Joyce previously worked at Church of God Ministries in Anderson fulfilling a variety of roles. She graduated from Anderson College (now University) and earned her masters’ degree at Ball State University. Her professional background includes 20+ years of teaching and administration in Christian schools in both U.S. and international settings.

While not at work Joyce assists with an ESL program at her church, enjoys walking outside, reading good books and hopping beaches in Florida or Michigan.

“Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. ” Hebrews 10:35-36

Matt Ray

Matt Ray

Senior Accountant

raym@wesleyan.org – 317.774.3945

Matt, a recent Indiana Wesleyan University graduate with a degree in accounting and finance, has worked at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters for two years. He enjoys the opportunity to serve the Church working with USF, month-end processes and 1099s. Outside of work, Matt spends his time working on his MBA, camping, boating, exercising,and spending time with friends, family and Janelle, his wife of two years.

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:1-4

Deanna Hoopingarner

Deanna Hoopingarner

Payroll/Account Specialist

hoopingarnerd@wesleyan.org

Deanna loves preparing and reviewing financial data. Since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Anderson University, she has worked in a commercial bank as a credit analyst and served as her local church treasurer. She has now been at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters for seven years. She processes headquarter and missionary payroll, creates accounts receivable invoices, maintains Wesleyan Publishing House customer accounts, prepares payables and reviews credit card expenses. She finds joy in serving by providing answers to financial questions. She is passionate about Bible teaching and leading women in her small group.  She also enjoys re-purposing, flea market shopping and crafting. Deanna and her husband of 20 years, Jim, have two children: Faith (18) and Roman (15).

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Kathy Hale

Kathy Hale

Staff Accountant

halek@wesleyan.org

Kathy has been at The Wesleyan Church headquarters for four years as a staff accountant. The majority of her time is spent processing payables. A native to Chicago, she has previously worked at Wheaton College in the Purchasing Department and Bible Department. She considers this the perfect part-time job – regular hours, great work environment and serving in Christian ministry. When not at work, Kathy spends her time with her husband of 33 years, Joe, and enjoys reading, scrapbooking and bicycling.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Elaine Brents

Elaine Brents

Mail Clerk

brentse@wesleyan.org

Elaine Brents serves as mail clerk in the General Treasurer’s Office. She retired from Anthem, Inc. Learning and Development department in 2016, as Executive Administrative Assistant. Elaine is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Indianapolis.  She is a graduate of Indiana institute of Technology. Elaine resides in Fishers with her Mom. She has a daughter, Jena. In her spare time Elaine enjoys singing, gospel music, expository writing, decorating and flower arranging. She’s an avid sports fan – partial to our Colts and Pacers, but also has a tendency to cheer for the Golden State Warriors.

     “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 21:5 NIV

Terry Newton

Terry Newton

Facilities Manager

newtont@wesleyan.org

Terry is the new facility manager of the headquarters. He was born and raised in Indianapolis and has most recently served as the facility manager at the Indianapolis First Church of the Nazarene.

Terry’, and his wife, Linda, both attended Indiana Wesleyan University. They have two adult children, Jared and Ashley.  Terry likes old movies and science fiction.  He is excited to be serving here at the Wesleyan Church.

G. Elaine Johnson

G. Elaine Johnson

Director of Human Resources

johnsone@wesleyan.org – 317.774.3946

Elaine has been at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters for nearly two years. She has over 25 years of human resources experience including director level human resources at a major university and two major corporate organizations. She also has experience as a managing partner for the compensation and benefits practice of a management consulting firm. Elaine holds BA and MPA degrees from Indiana University. Elaine is a certified compensation professional (CCP) and has been an adjunct faculty member for Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and WorldatWork. At headquarters, she is responsible for on-boarding, employee benefits for headquarters employees and missionaries and employee relations. She is passionate about equitable compensation and enjoys assisting employees with any HR needs. While not at work, she enjoys exercising, listening to music and actively participating in service organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha and The Links, Inc.

 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13, NASB

Carolyn Little

Carolyn Little

Human Resources Specialist

littlec@wesleyan.org

Carolyn has been at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters since March 2017. She assists the Director of Human Resources with employee recruitment, on-boarding, administration of health benefit programs and maintenance of personnel and benefit records for Headquarters.  She also processes the benefits information for Missionaries and responds to their inquiries for information. She enjoys the people she works with and the Christian environment. She has previous experience working in collections, human resources and accounting. She is a certified counselor through Teen Challenge and provides online counseling with Thomas, her husband of 32 years. She is passionate about seeing lives of women and families change. She enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her six children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:4-6

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