Caleb payne

director of operations

I grew up around Inner City Mission, often joining my parents, Scott and Connie, for overnight shifts. I developed deep friendships with some of the residents’ children that I still have today.


I began working at Inner City Mission in 2003 as a hauler/donation handler. Upon entering college at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, I became a lodge supervisor.


The year 2011 marked a year of transition in my life. In that October I was married to a wonderful, Godly woman named Bethany. She is the love of my life and my partner in ministry.


In November of that same year I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln Christian University with a major in Intercultural Studies (I am pursuing a Master’s in Philosophy). That same month, I became the Director of Operations at ICM. It was quite a transition, taking a more behind-the-scenes role, but it has been neat to see every side of the organization. I now take much pleasure in teaching various classes for our residents and getting to know them outside of the work environment. 


In July of 2014 Bethany and I became parents to a wonderful little boy, Corey, and are figuring out the world together as parents! It is our hope that our children grow up experiencing and learning from our ministry at ICM as I did when I was a youngster.


God has truly blessed my life by allowing me and my family to be a part of this ministry.

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714 N 7th Street

Springfield IL 62702

217-525-3940