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Hi, I'm Luke Gibson, of the Hummel Group, and I get where you're coming from. I'm not just an insurance agent & risk advisor for churches, but also an ordained pastor, serving at Bridge City Church in Newark, Ohio.
As non-profit ministry leaders, we're focused on one thing - efficiently reaching the people in our communities. I help you achieve that goal by ensuring your people, your property & your reputation are protected, while avoiding church-derailing problems.
Each church has a different facility, unique obstacles, cultural objectives, and varying styles. That’s why I provide free risk assessments and offer custom risk management resources to my clients.
The Hummel Group was founded by a pastor in Berlin, OH in 1957. It is my privilege to continue the tradition of insuring and advising ministries today. Our team provides insurance coverage, health benefits and and risk mitigation, so you can focus on what's really important - furthering your ministry!
"If you simply want insurance you can find an agent almost anywhere. If you want a friend who is efficient, caring, and deeply committed to his clients, you want Luke Gibson at the Hummel Group. In a world of uncertainty, you can depend on Luke and his team to meet and exceed your highest expectations. They have consistently saved us money while enhancing our coverages. I cannot give them a higher recommendation!"
- Rodney S. Loper, President @ God's Bible School & College
Competitive group health insurance & benefits
Church & school security
Freedom of religion
- Camp & mission trip safety
Founded by a small-town pastor "to supplement his preaching habit" in 1957 in Berlin, OH, Hummel is an independent insurance agency with 7 locations across Ohio & Indiana.
Since its inception, Hummel has been building its business on its uncompromising values of integrity, trust & hard work.
When it comes to non-profit insurance, this means that your Hummel risk advisor is going to provide you with a custom-tailored plan that's best for your ministry, not our company. We're in the business of trust-building, not selling policies.
Claims Service You Can Count On.
If you need to submit a claim, you get one of our full-time claim specialists to advocate for you with the insurance company and support you through the entire process, step-by-step.
Property insurance can be placed in the hands of church valuation experts and falls under two categories:
Building Coverage – To insure church buildings, stained glass, pews, pipe organs and other covered property attached to the building.
Contents Coverage – To insure computers, musical and AV equipment, chairs, office equipment and covered property not attached to the building.
*Additional covered property typically includes: signs, retaining walls, lights, poles, and more.
We provide a comprehensive Liability policy for churches. This policy covers injuries, professional liability, defense of a covered claim and accidents on your premises or as the result of off-site ministry operations.
Our Liability coverage includes but is not limited to the following:
- Medical coverage
- Lost wages
- Product Liability
- Parsonage Liability
- Special Event Coverage
- Lessors Risk
- Pastoral Counselling
- Employment Practices
- Employee Benefits
- Directors and Officers
- Mission Trip Coverage
Umbrella coverage, also known as "Excess Liability" is available in amounts from $1,000,000 to $10,000,000. Umbrella insurance pays on claims that go over your General Liability, Auto and other coverage limits.
From online giving, to posting devotions on social media, internet safety is becoming an important consideration for churches everywhere. For some non-profits, additional cyber security coverage is the best way to complete their online defense.
At Hummel Group we offer coverage options protecting against a variety of issues, from data breaches to embezzlement.
- Cyber Liability
- Employee Dishonesty/Fidelity Bond
- Forgery and Alterations
- Computer Fraud Coverage
- Money and Securities
Workers Compensation coverage protects employees and volunteers while serving the ministry for work related injuries. Workers compensation insurance is legally required in most states for any and all entities that hire employees. We have multiple options to provide solutions for your unique needs.
Auto insurance for churches includes church-owned vehicles, hired auto services, and liability coverage for both staff and volunteer drivers.
- 12 and 15 Passenger Vans
- Church, School and Tour Buses
- Private Passenger Vehicles
- Commercial Trucks
- Light Service Trucks
- Covered and Utility Trailers
For drivers who don't have a passenger endorsed CDL, we offer van-safety training videos and assessments so that all volunteers can participate in transportation ministries.
SafeChurch.com is a comprehensive risk management tool designed to help you prevent claims and lower the cost of your insurance.
SafeChurch offers online assessments and videos on subjects ranging from children's ministry to property maintenance.
By completing this online risk management program, your church receives up to a 15% discount on your annual GuideOne premium.
A growing concern for many churches is how to best approach security; specifically the pros and cons of CCW.
For every church we begin this discussion by having a clear understanding of your state specific laws, followed by close work with local law enforcement.
Various liability factors are involved whether you allow CCW by approved members, off duty officers or a hired security service. Organizations that decide against concealed weapons as a means of security should also be versed in security best practices.
Every church should have a plan in place in the event of an active shooter or violent occurrence. We can help your organization make informed decisions and structure your safety policies accordingly.
*Please consult with an attorney before final implementation.
GuideOne offers Group Affiliated Programs or Endorsed Programs designed to provide specialized, comprehensive insurance coverage for headquarters of religious organizations and their member institutions.
*This program varies according to state specific laws.
Participants in the program receive:
- A property coverage enhancement for each participating policy holder; providing an additional 25% of their total building and contents policy amounts, (up to $1,000,000) to use in case of an insured property loss
- Headquarters are notified of any member coverage lapses. This gives the opportunity to intervene if necessary, and keep the insurance in place.
- Each participating institution can determine it's own coverage and limits, with minimum requirements being established by the headquarters.
- Each participating institution can receive its own policy
- Each participating institution can be billed separately
This is a general description of the program. There are many ways to personalize your affiliation benefits; from custom billing to overall program design.
To find a solution for your organization, please contact us to schedule a review.
Streamline your insurance needs and enjoy having 1 point of contact for not only property and liability insurance, but also health and medical insurance for your employees. The team at Hummel can provide you with competitive group rates with top-rated health, dental & vision insurance providers.
If one of our employees uses their personal vehicle for something work related, and is involved in an accident, does our policy cover them? Does our policy cover us?
Your employee’s personal auto insurance policy should cover them personally. As a church or nonprofit, you need to make sure you have what’s called Hired/Non-Owned liability coverage endorsed to your policy. This covers your entity if you are also named in a lawsuit per it being your employee driving somewhere having to do with their employment with you.
A hold harmless is an agreement between two parties that obligates one party to protect another against certain risks of legal liability. For example, you may have an outside group that requests to rent a room in your building every Wednesday evening for a Yoga class. As the building owner, you might ask them to sign a hold harmless agreement so that if someone injures themselves during that class, you have a layer of protection from being sued. You would also want to consider requiring the Yoga instructor to carry their own insurance and list you as an additional insured on that policy.
If there is a sexual misconduct allegation within our organization, does our policy cover legal defense for that accusation and/or a possible settlement to that person awarded by a court?
General liability policies typically do not include this type of coverage. Therefore, it is important to discuss adding a sexual misconduct specific endorsement on to your policy.
Does our current general liability policy provide liability coverage for us if we serve wine at our annual fundraiser dinner?
Most commercial general liability policies include coverage for what’s referred to as “host liquor” liability. This would apply to policyholders that are not considered to be in the business of selling or serving alcohol. It would also be advisable to check with the city where the event is being held, along with the landlord who owns the building, in case they require you to have specific liquor liability coverage.
Luke & the Hummel Group team have church/non-profit clients throughout the US. We have physical offices in Ohio & Indiana, but are just as effective at helping clients not near one of our office locations. All of our paperwork and onboarding is done virtually, so although Luke operates out of the Newark, OH office, being close to an office is not necesary.
Luke is licensed in 18 states including, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. So if you're in one of those states, we can help find the perfect insurance solution for your church or nonprofit. Give us a call today!