Levi and Jessie Benkert

Levi and Jessie Benkert are the Founders of Bring Love In and serve on the Board Of Directors.

Bio: We are Levi and Jessie Benkert, and even though it still sounds crazy to us every time we say it, we lived in Ethiopia with our four children for six years during that time we worked with the Thomas and the local staff to create Bring Love In. In 2015 we moved to Austin, Texas where we work part time as directors, fundraisers and cheerleaders for Bring Love In and all that the incredible staff are taking on over in Ethiopia.   Levi travels back several times a year to catch up with everyone on the ground.

Together, we are doing our best to share the love that God has shown us with others. As a family, we have devoted our lives to finding better ways to give orphans the love and care they deserve. It’s not always easy – and, at times, just plain frustrating, but we are passionate about the call we feel God has placed on our lives. We strive to do what we can with what we’ve been given.

Levi is a founding partner of a company that helps create jobs in Ethiopia, you can read more about that work here.

Levi and Jessie Benkert

And if you want to get a hold of us, we would love to hear from you. Just drop us an Email.

Levi@bringlove.in  or Jessie@bringlove.in


Neal and Kim Kellenberger


Neal and Kim serve on Board of Directors and Neal is the Treasurer for Bring Love In

We are Neal and Kim….and 14 years of marriage later, we are now Neal and Kim and Cailer, Brock, Jaci, Kebe and Shena!  The Lord has transformed our family over the years, and its all to His Glory!  We live in a bedroom community 8 miles east of Champaign/Urbana, IL, and enjoy the lively world of college students (University of Illinois) in the area.  One of our passions in life as we pursue Jesus is to care for orphans, which led us to adopt twin girls from Ethiopia many years ago.  Neal is a CPA and the CFO at a small manufacturing business.  Kim is a stay at home mom and direct sales leader for Norwex.  We strive for God’s glory and for the Gospel of Jesus to be spread among the nations!


Reuben and Courtney Gobezie


Reuben and Courtney serve on the Board of Directors

Bio: We are Reuben and Courtney….  I am an orthopedic surgeon and President of The Cleveland Shoulder Institute.  My wife stays at home and cares for the home.  We believe in the testimony of Jesus in Matthew 25: 31-46… a call to love in action.  We are privileged to be involved with this ministry with our time amongst the children and our money.  Praise the Lord!!


Moody and Emily Alexander


Moody and Emily serve on the Board of Directors


Thomas Abebaw


Thomas is the Local Director for Bring Love In in Ethiopia

For those who know him, Thomas is a light and a man of integrity, someone you can rely on no matter what comes your way.  We have had the pleasure of working along side Thomas since 2009 and were overjoyed when he agreed to take on the role of Local Director for Bring Love In in 2012.  We could not ask for a more trusted and amazing man of God to take on this responsibility and the ever-twisting paths that will come as we journey together. In 2014 he married Martha and together they are the drive and heart behind the ministry and the logistics of things on the ground in Ethiopia.

Thomas and Martha have a heart for children and ministry, they feel that God has called them to dedicate their lives to helping the people of Ethiopia rise up through bringing hope into the lives of orphans and widows.


Allie Jeffers

Allie is the donor relations and social media coordinator for Bring Love In.

Hi, my name is Allie! I am new to the Bring Love In team but could not be more thrilled to be apart of the family!

I am a freelance photographer on the side, and fiercely passionate about the impact photography and visual media can have on our worldview and understanding of the life around us. I believe in Jesus’ ministry and His call to us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31), and “to care for orphans and widows” as expressed in James 1:27.

For any donor or social media questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me! I would love to hear from you.