About Us

The mission of ICC is to provide quality training to equip individuals, organizations, and the local communities of faith to provide compassionate care during local and catastrophic critical incidents.

Kevin L. Ellers, D.Min

Kevin is the Territorial Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in the U.S.A. Central Territory. He is also president and founder of the Institute for Compassionate Care, which is dedicated to consultation, education and direct care. Kevin is a chaplain with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, serves as faculty for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and is an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University. He has extensive training and experience in crisis response, disasters, chaplaincy, pastoral ministries, marriage and family therapy, and social services. As an author and speaker, Kevin teaches broadly on the aforementioned topics. He is author or co-author of: The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders; Grief Following Trauma; Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters; Understanding Suicide: Effective Tools for Prevention, Intervention and Survivor Support; and Spiritual and Psychological First Aid.

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, MA

Jennifer is a professional counselor, life coach, mediator, trainer and author. She speaks extensively and provides training, counseling and coaching in the field of grief, crisis and trauma through the Institute for Compassionate Care.  Jennifer serves as faculty for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. In addition, she serves as Director of the Grief, Crisis and Disaster Network of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Clinical Director for the Crisis Response Team of the United States Concealed Carry Association. Jennifer is co-author of: The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders; Grief Following Trauma; Understanding Suicide: Effective Tools for Prevention, Intervention and Survivor Support; and Spiritual and Psychological First Aid.