Three staff members join Main Street Ministries

The board of Main Street Ministries Inc. in Hillsboro has added three staff members recently.

Josh Gill has been appointed on-site coordinator and Celebrate Recovery director, Mindy Tharp is the office and food bank administrator, and Kimberly Swaney, a licensed social worker, is the case manager.

The board chose to staff Main Street Ministries in order to enhance its mission ?to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by providing physical and spiritual resources in a supportive environment,? according to Dale Nuss, board chair.

?Amazing how Main Street Ministries was founded and locally organized, and the staff has always come from the Hillsboro community?even if they were transplanted here by God in his perfect timing,? Nuss said about the recent appointments.

Gill, from Hugoton, is accompanied by wife Sarah, daughter Gracie and the recent addition of son Brendan. He is a full-time student at Tabor College, majoring in Christian leadership and youth ministry.

?My position at Main Street was an answer to prayer as well as answering a calling to our lives,? Gill said. ?We have been and are continually blessed by our home here at Main Street.?

When he?s not fixing the historic building or leading Celebrate Recovery, he is training to be a firefighter and spending time with his family.

Tharp most recently relocated from Texas. She works full time as a supervisor in the Tabor cafeteria. She is in the process of completing a degree in communication studies and a minor in international studies.

Swaney comes from Southern California with husband Dan and children Wilson and Carolyn. She has a master?s degree in social work.

Swaney said she was brought to Main Street to help empower the women by working with them as they discover their gifts and strengths.

When Swaney is not coordinating schedules and meeting with sojourners, she is helping coordinate children?s church and Sunday school at First Men?nonite Church in Hillsboro.

The children?s ministry is one area of growth the staff is planning for, as well as continual service to the community with the Lord?s Storehouse food bank and the clothing bank.

Opportunities are always available for community volunteer and the food bank needs donations.

For more information, call 620-947-3393 during office hours, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, or e-mail mainstreetministries@gmail.com, or stop by at 415 S. Main, Hillsboro.