After a two-decade journalism career in Ohio, Indiana and Washington, D.C., Faith Van Gilder is currently a Senior Account Supervisor at Asher Agency in Fort Wayne, where she manages public relations and marketing projects for educational, nonprofit and political clients.
In the community, Faith serves on the board of directors of Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, Creative Women of the World, Friends of Cedar Creek and Friends of the Parks of Allen County. She is also co-founder and on the board of AVOW (Advancing Voices of Women), for which she was named Citizen of the Year in 2018 by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
Her strong commitment to volunteerism began when Faith and her husband served in the Peace Corps as middle school teachers in Kanye, Botswana, in the late 1980s. She remains a strong proponent of the Peace Corps, recently being elected to the board of the National Peace Corps Association and serving as a Peace Corps Advocacy Coordinator for the state of Indiana.
Faith is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne, an Athena Award nominee in 2017 and recipient of the YWCA of Northeast Indiana Peggy Hobbs Award for Volunteerism in 2016. A native of Defiance, Ohio, she earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism cum laude from Bowling Green State University, with a minor in political science. Faith and her husband, David Van Gilder, reside in Huntertown; they have two adult daughters, Audrey and Annika.