Board of Directors
Our Board is the Governing Authority at VitalChurch Ministry, Inc. and is responsible for the affairs of VitalChurch. It provides financial oversight and direction for the ministry.
Ed is the Founder and President of Inspirational Leadership, LLC, serving the needs of non-profit Boards and CEOs. Prior to that, Ed served as the President and CEO of The Bowery Mission for more than 20 years. He led that organization to a renaissance in reputation, program effectiveness, and income, and was subsequently named President Emeritus. Prior to the Bowery Mission, Ed spent almost 20 years with General Electric.
Ed has served on numerous Boards, including The Association of Gospel Rescue Mission (Vice Chair), The Geneva School of Manhattan, The Family Institute of Connecticut, Christian Leadership Alliance, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Generosity New York, and now, VitalChurch Ministry.
Ed holds degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Illinois (M.S., Mass Communications), and he served as a U.S. Air Force Officer during the Vietnam War. He and his wife, Judy, have three grown sons and ten grandchildren, and they reside in Connecticut and Manhattan.
Olin Hoover is a senior professional with broad management experience. After completing his M.B.A., he spent nearly four decades in domestic and international leadership roles at several multi-national companies. When Olin retired from corporate life, his wife, Eileen, and he moved to Colorado where they are part owners (with their son) of a property management company. Olin has been on the board of VitalChurch Ministry since 2018.
Olin is a past member of Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Trumbull, CT, and Discovery Christian Church in Broomfield, Colorado. Olin and Eileen currently live in Fairplay, Colorado and are active members of South Park Community Church. Olin and Eileen have been married since 1976. They have one son, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and two adorable granddaughters!
Tom Wilkens has enjoyed serving as a pastor, medical/counseling clinic director, and university professor. Tom now serves as Executive Director of VitalChurch Ministry. He earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary in Pastoral Ministries and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Tom’s passion is to see marriages, teams, churches, and organizations develop and grow well—with a special interest in leadership. Tom has been married to his best friend, Jan, since 1982. They have two married daughters.