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Development Office
Taylor University
236 W. Reade Ave.
Upland, IN  46989-1001
Phone: (800) 882-3456 or (765) 998-5116
Fax: (765) 998-4857



Ben Sells, PhD, Vice President for University Advancement

Ben Sells

Since 2006 Ben has been serving Taylor as the Vice President for University Advancement. In this role he provides leadership for the University’s efforts to engage alumni, parents, and friends with their time, talent, and treasure to further the mission of Taylor University. Ben and his wife, Lisa, are graduates of Southwest Baptist University, and Ben received his MA and PhD from the University of Missouri. Ben and Lisa have four children, Emily ’11, Patrick ’13, Abby ’15, and Tyler. The Sells live in Upland and are active members of the community.

Ben is assisted by Joyce Taylor.

Phone: 765.998.5116

Michael Falder '94, Executive Director of Development

Michael Falder

As the Executive Director of Development Mike provides planned giving assistance and leads the team of Regional Directors for Development as they travel the country meeting with alumni and friends. Prior to returning to Taylor in 2007, he served for 10 years as Executive Director of Central Michigan Youth for Christ. He completed his Masters Degree in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University in 2012. Mike lives in Upland with his wife, Traci, and their children, Jonah and Lydia.

Mike is assisted by Delilah Earls.

Phone: 765.998.5538

Sherri Harter, Executive Director of Development

Sherri HarterSherri has served Taylor for more than 25 years in the areas of public relations, donor relations, and philanthropy. As the Executive Director of Development, she provides leadership to the many areas of Development, including Taylor Fund, Scholarships, Stewardship, Development/Donor Services, and the Women's Giving Circle. Sherri and her husband, Ted, live in the Bluffton, Indiana, community.  The Harters have two sons – Thad '12 and Tory, a current Taylor student. 

Sherri is assisted by Deb Carpenter.

Phone: 765.998.4956

David Ritchie '96, Senior Director of Campaigns

David Ritchie

David has been serving as a member of the Advancement staff since he joined the team in 2000 as the editor of Taylor magazine. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Campaigns. David and his family live in Upland.

Phone: 765.998.5397

Tom Green '81, Regional Director of Development

Tom GreenTom serves as one of Taylor’s Regional Directors for Development. He has the joy of working with Taylor alumni, parents, and friends throughout the eastern third of the U.S. in order to advance the mission of Taylor University.

Tom is married to Laurie (Kesler) Green, also class of ’81. Their three children are married and have blessed them with four beautiful grandchildren. He joined Taylor’s Advancement team in 2007 after working for 25 years in the investment industry. Tom is a fan of all sports – particularly the Colts and Cubs. He has also enjoyed acting on stage and in some television commercials over the years.

Delilah Earls serves as the assistant to the Regional Directors of Development.

Phone: 317.691.7365

Nelson Rediger '66, Regional Director of Development

Nelson RedigerNelson has been serving with Taylor since 1986 as a Regional Director for Development. Nelson works with Taylor alumni, parents and friends nationwide in order to advance the mission of Taylor University.  Nelson lives in Muncie, Indiana, with his wife, Beth, also a Taylor alum. Their two daughters, Erin ’99 and April ’01, have blessed Nelson and Beth with six grandchildren.

Delilah Earls serves as the assistant to the Regional Directors of Development.

Phone: 765.998.5120 (office) or 765.744.1866 (cell)

Ken Wolgemuth '67, Regional Director of Development

Ken WolgemuthKen Wolgemuth serves with Taylor University as a Regional Director for Development. Ken serves Taylor alumni, parents, and friends in Illinois and western states in order to advance the mission of Taylor University.

Ken met his wife, Sharon, while an English Literature and Art student at Taylor. After graduation, he went first into campus youth ministry with Youth For Christ, which led him to a career in Christian publishing through the literature ministries of Campus Life Magazine, Zondervan, Word Publishing, and Urban Ministries – initially as a creative director and later in marketing and sales. Ken and Sharon live in Wheaton, Illinois, and have four daughters, two of whom are also Taylor alumnae, two sons-in-law, and seven granddaughters. Ken feels he has reached the best years of his life’s work by representing the alma mater for which he has always been passionate.

Delilah Earls serves as the assistant to the Regional Directors of Development.

Phone: 630.849.7635

Kristie (Kuhnle) Jacobson '90, Regional Director of Development

Kristie JacobsonKristie serves as a Regional Director for Development in the Midwest, where she has the privilege of working with Taylor alumni, parents, and friends. Kristie started her career with Taylor in 1991 when she served as the director of public information, and then as the director of the Annual Fund (TUFW). She then began work with Project Mercy as a grant writer until 2003 when the Lord led her and her husband (Jeff '89) to start The Reclamation Project, a nonprofit that serves the refugee and immigrant community of Fort Wayne, Ind. Kristie led this organization as executive director for 10 years. Kristie returned to work in the Development department at Taylor in August of 2013.

Kristie and Jeff have four children. Their oldest son Gabe is serving as a U.S. Marine, their twin boys, Tate and Levi, are in high school, and their daughter Chloe is in middle school.

Delilah Earls serves as the assistant to the Regional Directors of Development.


Phone: 260.515.3635

Laura Key, Director of Advancement & Donor Services

Laura KeyLaura has been with Taylor since 1997. Her job as the Director of Advancement and Donor Services allows her to provide database support, write reports, and oversee the receipting of gifts to the University. Laura and her husband John live in Swayzee, Ind., where John serves as the pastor of Maple Run Friends Church. They have two grown children, Samuel and Abby ’10.

Laura’s area is also served by the Data Specialist, Christi Stargel, and the Assistant to Donor Services, Barbra Haley.

Phone: 765.998.5310

Andre M. Payne '08, Director of the Taylor Fund

Andre PayneAs the Director of the Taylor Fund, Andre works within the Advancement Office to strategize, organize, and implement Taylor's comprehensive annual giving program through direct mail, the student calling program, online giving, personal visits, and other avenues. Andre received his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Taylor University. He went on to complete his MBA at Keller Graduate School of Management. Prior to returning to Taylor and joining the Advancement team, Andre acquired more than five years' experience working in higher education. He now lives in Fishers area.

Andre is assisted by Amy Richards.

Phone: 765.998.4886

Lida Sheard '15, Assistant Director of the Taylor Fund

Lida SheardAs Assistant Director of the Taylor Fund, Lida works with the student calling program, young alumni projects, and direct mail campaigns. Lida spent time working in this department as an undergraduate student before she graduated from Taylor with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She now lives with her husband, Andrew Sheard '16, in Upland.

Phone: 765.998.4873