About Operation Classroom


The Mission of Operation Classroom is to partner with the United Methodist Churches of Liberia and Sierra Leone to improve secondary education – particularly vocational education. 


For better than 25 years, Operation Classroom Inc. has partnered with the United Methodist Churches of Liberia and Sierra Leone to improve Secondary Education.  OCI has provided thousands of scholarships (allowing students who would otherwise be unable to attend school to get an education), we’ve shipped nearly 100 containers of school and medical supplies to these two countries, and we’ve sponsored Volunteer in Mission Teams that have provided the opportunity for hundreds and hundreds of Hoosiers (and folks from other states as well) to have “hands-on” experience in mission.

Lives have been changed – both in West Africa, and here in the U.S.




Bob and Sandy Coolman – President/CEO and Operations Manager (Current)

Bob is a life-long Builder and Developer in Valparaiso, IN, and for the last 12 years has been a Bi-vocational Local Pastor.  Sandy has broad experience in organizational management and coordination.


Rev. Joe and Carolyn Wagner – Directors Emeritus (Retired) 

Joe and Carolyn were the Directors of Operation Classroom for the first 25 years of Operation Classroom’s History.  Their leadership provided a standard for “hands-on” mission that has been emulated by mission agencies world-wide.

Tammy Scheibels – Bookkeeper/Accountant

Tammy provides invaluable expertise in accounting and bookkeeping so that OCI can be accountable to its mission partners.


John Barker – Warehouse Manager

John is a retired  logistics and material coordinator with General Motors @ who has managed the warehouse for OCI for the last 10 years (even though he’s been helping with OCI’s shipping for more than 20 years.)



Alfred Zigbou

 Alfred Zigbou, OCI Coordinator

 Adjunct Staff


Helen Roberts-Evans – Director of Education, Liberia United Methodist Church

 Sierra Leone

Joseph Pormai

 Joseph Pormai – OCI Coordinator, and Secondary Education Director, Sierra Leone United Methodist Church

Adjunct Staff


Kip Robinson – GBGM Missionary and Volunteer in Mission Coordinator, Sierra Leone United Methodist Church

Smart Senesie – Development Director, Sierra Leone United Methodist Church                                   

Operation Classroom is a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit corporation, affiliated with the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.  All gifts are tax-deductible.

Contact us @

Operation Classroom, Inc.
359 S. Franklin St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Email Addresses


  • Office – 219 464 8055
  • Home – 219 464 2702
  • Fax – 219 464 2702 (Call First)
  • Bob’s Cell – 219 405 5821
  • Sandy’s Cell – 219 405 4952