J. Calaway – Founder/Chairman of the Board

J. founded InnerMission in 1996 as a community organization to help meet the needs of a city.  He has pastored The Gate for over 22 years and has his Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership. 





Scott Wells – Executive Director

Scott serves as the executive director of InnerMission. Scott has 20 plus years of        non- profit experience. He is committed to helping people in need become self-sufficient.






Larry Hlista – Board Member

Larry has an MBA and specializes in community housing development.  His passion is to help people find affordable housing and to develop a stable neighborhood for families within the community.




Sandy Koartge – Board Member

Sandy is a lifetime resident of Hammond, IN and community activist.  She focuses on neighborhood revitalization through community renewal.





Liz De La Garza – Board Member

Liz is a Benefit Analyst for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. She has a passion to feed those who are hungry and see people break the cycle of surviving and move into thriving through compassion outreach.