Our Team

AIR AMBULANCE: THE “HEART” OF OUR MISSION

ABOUT GRACE ON WINGS

Inspired by the need of two young Indianapolis girls who suffer from a genetic bone disorder that requires regular visits to a Baltimore specialist — more than 11 hours away by car — we researched available charitable air ambulance services in the Midwest and were disappointed to find only a few in existence in the entire country. As told to us by the largest non-medical charity transport company, the need for air ambulance charity service is HUGE.

Many people are unable to afford the transport to get the medical care they so desperately need. With the support of charitable funding, Grace on Wings provides transport to patients who are needing to go for important treatment throughout the United States

Aircraft

Grace on Wings uses 2 customized Mitsubishi MU-2B Turboprop airplanes affectionately named “Nellie”and “Abe”.

Certifications

Grace on Wings is certified by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) commission as well as other associations:

FAQs

Want to learn more about our charter flight program.  Please click on the learn more link below to see our list of frequently asked questions regarding our services.

Our Team

Hal Blank

Hal Blank

CEO & Chief Pilot

An army-trained pilot with over 8,000 flight hours. Flew as a commercial pilot for Eastern, and has had prior AirCharter company. Also Army-trained as an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant and has held both occupations concurrently now wanting to use all his gifts for God’s glory in our ministry.
Michael J. Gamble , MD

Michael J. Gamble , MD

Medical Director

With over 14 years experience in emergency medicine and devoting a large amount of his time and energy to missions to Africa and other countries, he is a true servant of Christ and we are thankful to have him serving within our ministry.
Pastor Lonnie Richardson

Pastor Lonnie Richardson

Ministry Support

Pastor Lonnie has over 30 years of pastoral experience having served rural, urban and university congregations before he accepted the call to be the founding pastor of Fox River Congregational Church in Pewaukee Wisconsin. He has advanced degrees in Religion, Divinity as well as a Doctorate in Ministry. Lonnie’s passion is to help people connect with God and further realize their full potential as followers of Christ.
Roger Booth

Roger Booth

Chief Financial Officer

MBA, CPA has offered business accounting and tax prep services for over 25 years. He is a devout follower of Christ and wishes to use his gifts to further God’s Kingdom and we are thankful to have a wise businessman on staff in our ministry
Shelli Engle, RN

Shelli Engle, RN

Chief Nurse/Event Coordinator & Pilot

Shelli has been a registered nurse for 31 years working on a trauma unit, pre-op, post-op, recovery and in the OR. Hal and Shelli have been friends for 20 of those years as co-workers, neighbors and church family. Shelli has been with the ministry since its inception. She has been involved in the planning of the annual galas and for the past several years have taken over as Chief flight nurse planning missions as well as being involved in many other aspects of the day to day operations.
Mike Ford

Mike Ford

Flight Operations & Scheduler

Mike has served with Grace On Wings for many years, putting on multiple hats. Mike is a Veteran of the United Stated Air Force, serving as a Air Traffic Controller. Mike then worked for the FAA for 43 years, as well as being part of the Lockheed Martin’s “Next Generation ATC” designing and testing it across the nation. Mike serves as our flight operations following and helping schedule our flights across the country.
Chelsea Engle, RN

Chelsea Engle, RN

Administrative Assistant

Chelsea has been with Grace on Wings since its inception. She was initially involved with the hog roast then soon started spending her summers at the office becoming GOW’s administrative assistant while she was in high school. Since that time, she has graduated from IU with her BSN and works full time in a critical care unit at a local hospital.
Cody M. Shafer

Cody M. Shafer

Director of Development & Pilot

Cody has always had a passion for helping others and healing the world. Cody has also had the passion for aviation, as he has pursued his pilots license for his future endeavors in Aviation. Cody works multiple hats around the office, he manages our donor base, all of our social media, the website, and various other roles throughout the ministry. On top of that, Shafer enjoys soaring the skies on our flights, showing God’s glorious work of the Ministry.

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Grace On Wings is a non-profit public charity organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) that provides charity air ambulance services within the United States and is based out of the Indianapolis International Airport.

Grace On Wings is a member of The Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA), The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), and The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

Grace on Wings is certified by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) commission.

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Indianapolis, IN 46242

info@graceonwings.org

877-754-7223

317.248.0910