A place to receive health, hope, and healing.

Pontifex the Bridge Builder

Jim is the owner and operator of Jimmy G's Authentic Pit Smoked Barbeque Restaurant in Fremont, Ohio. Jim and his wife Laurie have 5 children. 

our History

Jan Nowak President, Founder, and Secretary
Jan has a passion for helping those in need. She enjoys the challenge of finding an answer for their problems. Jan and her husband David together have 7 children and 18 grandchildren. Jan started Body Lines in 1986.  A 1969 graduate of Fremont Ross with numerous certifications in exercise instruction and personal training. Jan took nutrition concepts and controversies at BGSU.  She is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute. 

Jim Gippert - Board Member

After 15 years of running my own gym, I started Pontifex and we became a non-profit. I donated my business, Body Lines Health Club, to the ministry of Pontifex and began a whole new adventure. Every membership someone buys helps to support  the different ministries we offer. I'm so fortunate to be able to impact the lives of others, all while partnering with some of the most passionate and driven people I know. 

Jan Nowak


Ray is a retired machinist from Whirlpool and is an active member of the NewHope Vineyard Church. 



2000- Purchased the old Post Office building 

2001- The birth of Pontifex and Body Lines Health                  Club was donated to Pontifex.                                        Many ministries were added at this time 

2002-  One on one mentoring, life coaching,                            and financial coaching began 

2003-  Birth of Disciples in Action soup kitchen 

2004-  Birth of the food Pantry (Master's Table)  

2005-  The Pontifex building was donated to the


2010-  Birth of Little Giants Locker which supplies                 FREE uniforms to students who need                           assistance

2011-  Showers of blessings (showers for those                     in need)

Nancy Cullen Vice President and Treasurer 
Nancy enjoys being active in the community, using her gifts and experience in ways that express God's love for people.  She has three adult children & resides in Green Springs with her husband Christopher.  
Associate Pastor @ New Hope Vineyard Church - 7 Years
Former Co-Owner Ohio Outdoor Advertising - 14 Years
Bachelor's of Science Degree, BGSU
Graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute

Ray Drown - Board Member 


We offer 2 soup kitchens Tuesday at 4:30 P.M and Friday at 11:00 A.M.We have a weekly food pantry on Mondays starting at 1:00 P.M. 

Little Giants Locker is open all year to children who need help with a uniform. We also have showers for those in need. 


Volunteers are the heart of our ministry. We could not do what we do without them. Consider stopping in to fill out an application and see what we do and how you can help.

Our board of directors 

"I want to make a difference. My goal is to help our community where they need it."