Carrie Conrad 

Carrie has lived the majority of her life in the Tuscarawas Valley. She graduated from Tusky Valley High School and then received her certificate in Travel and Tourism from TLC Travel School.

Upon starting a family, she became a stay-at-home mom for the next 20 years. During that time, she was actively involved in volunteering in local children's ministries as well as high school ministries and as an adult small group leader.  

She then began serving in missions ministries which included local, national and global. She had the opportunity to serve in  Tuscarawas County, Stark County, Toledo, OH, Jersey City, NJ, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

She joined Scott Bell in starting The Compass Center where she has been the Coordinator since 2014. Through this ministry she gets to walk with the women in our community so they can begin envision a better future for themselves and their families.

Carrie is actively pursuing the opportunity to begin to work with teen girls in the area as well. Her passion and desire is to help them recognize that they have value, be able to see themselves differently from what they have been led to believe and to have hope for a beautiful life.


Rich VanArsdalen

Rich graduated with honors from the University of Toledo with a B.S. degree in 1994.  Just two years later he married his lovely wife Kelly and they have celebrated 20 wonderful years of marriage.  They and their four children:  Zeke (14), Thad (12), Eliza (10), and Addy (8) have been residents of Tuscarawas County since 2001, leaving for three years to minister in the Cleveland area from 2005 to 2008.

Whether on the streets of East Cleveland or Tuscarawas County, Rich has always enjoyed reaching out and ministering to those in serious need.  Rich has been a counselor for over twenty years and has spent his last ten years focusing on the problem of addiction; providing addiction counseling to many individuals. 

In January of 2015, Rich took the role as the Tuscarawas County Jail Chaplain and became a part of the Compass Center.  It is his desire to see people break free from their addictions, and find true purpose and significance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


      Scott Bell

Scott graduated from The University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Development.  He appreciates having had the opportunity to travel in more than 18 countries including South America and the Middle East and feels it has helped him be more adaptable and creative in communicating with people and creating and maintaining both personal and professional relationships.

With more than 30 years of direct and indirect sales experience at a national or regional level, Scott has managed individuals and independent sales teams as well as prospected and maintained national and regional accounts. 

 Following eight years in church ministry as Small Groups Director and Missions Director, Scott is currently the founder and Director of the non-profit community outreach ministry The Compass Center.  He and his ministry partners Carrie Conrad and Rich VanArsdalen, work closely with the unemployed, incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and homeless, teaching job sustainability skills and character development. 

 He has been married to his wife Nancy for 24 years and has two adult children both attending college in Colorado.   


The Compass Center

Our Mission is to meet people where they are,

love and respect them unconditionally

   and help them take their next positive step.