Connie Payne

Writer, editor, Mailing coordinator

Hi! I’m Connie Payne, and I’ve worked in several capacities at the Mission over the years: Lodge Supervisor (when my children were young), Case Manager, Administrative Assistant, Director of Operations, and Regional Director of Communications. 

Now, I think I’ve finally found my perfect niche. I write and/or edit our letters, newsletters, brochures and booklets, coordinate our mailings, and help Scott bring awareness of homelessness to Springfield and surrounding communities. Right now, Scott and I are writing a book on homelessness, which we hope to publish in the near future.

My husband and I have been blessed with six children, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, three adorable granddaughters, and two beautiful grandsons. As you might imagine, our lives are busy.

My journey as a Christian began in Junior High at the age of twelve when God became real to me in a powerful way. I knew at that moment I would spend the rest of my life serving God in some capacity. I knew that if I should ever marry, it would be to someone with a great passion for the Lord. I found that in Scott and we made plans for full-time Christian ministry together.

Scott and I raised our family alongside the Mission, and now as adults, our children thank us for the wonderful ministry experiences they gained along the way. We have a lot to be thankful for, and Inner City Mission has been a great blessing in our lives.

My prayers for the ICM staff:

  • That we keep God first and foremost, using His strength and wisdom.
  • That we are God’s instruments, having hearts of compassion like Jesus.
  • That the distractions of life won’t stop us from doing His will.

My prayers for our residents:

  • That they find a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Great Healer.
  • That they find lasting stability, that ends their homelessness.
  • That they learn to give back and help others.