Who We Are

Our Mission

To know the race we are to run and the rest that refuels.

Run Hard. Rest Well. (RHRW), founded in 2008 and supported by a team of experts, spotlights a new way of life that honors biblical rhythm, restores margin and empowers us for the race we run. Learning to live by the motto, “Run hard. Rest well.” restores rhythm and reorientates our lives to the priorities we profess.

Our Team

Brenda Jank

Brenda Jank, Founder • Albion, IN

Purposeful, passionate and compelled by God’s Word, Brenda is a storyteller focused on equipping leaders of all ages to create a biblical culture of work, rest and rhythm for those they lead, love and influence. Founder of Run Hard. Rest Well., Brenda speaks from coast to coast and has written for Leadership Journal, Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, and multiple Christianity Today publications. Outnumbered and outwitted, Brenda and her husband, Tim, enjoy the antics of their five children – most of the time. Learn more about Brenda on the home front.

Frances Brooks, MA, CFRE • Executive Director

A passionate learner, Frances brings a wealth of knowledge in communications and marketing, print production, fundraising, and organizational development to the Run Hard. Rest Well. team. Armed with her own testimony for the need for the rhythm of resting well, and 22 years of professional experience in building collaborative relationships, Frances hopes to help others find the balance needed to run the race we are called to, and not necessarily the one the world defines. She, her husband, and their daughters call Fort Wayne home. She also serves on the Leadership Council for Avalon Missionary Church, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) NEIN board, and participates with Art This Way and Get on Board Allen County.

Nate Lowe • Teaching Team

With a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and 23 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, Nate is a master at running hard and is learning the art of resting well. RHRW has been a life-restoring journey for him, his wife, and 3 children over the last 6 years. Nate is now the Chair of School Administration Programs at Indiana Wesleyan University. He also sits on the board of World Gospel Mission and Noble Educational Initiatives. Nate brings humor and an interactive teaching style to his retreats and workshops. His working knowledge of both public and private school culture, church leadership dynamics, and the non-profit ministry world make for engaging and practical learning.

Angela LaSalle, MDMedical AdvisorFort Wayne, Indiana
Nate LoweData AnalystIndiana Wesleyan University
Laura PoundsAdministrative AssistantAlbion, Indiana
Lynn BickhamEvent ManagerAlbion, Indiana
Joshua VandercarWeb Designer & DeveloperFort Wayne, Indiana
Bethany AndrewsMinistry DevelopmentAlbion, Indiana
Michelle HoffscheneiderDesign StrategyFort Wayne, Indiana