Jeffrey Jenness


Indelibly impact lives through experience, integrity, and care for people


Jeffrey Jenness has more than 30 years of experience in banking and retirement planning.  Most recently, Jenness was the chief strategy officer for a faith-based wealth management company that handled retirement planning for churches, nonprofit ministries, and several Christian colleges. Jenness has led Compass Retirement Services since its inception and has a goal of helping 100 local businesses manage their 401-k and other retirement plans and ultimately reduce the amount of time a stress associated with internally running a retirement program. 

Jenness was the founder, vice Chairman-Board of Directors, Chair-Director’s Loan Committee Madison Community Bank (now First Merchants Bank)

He understands business leaders as he was a Board Member of Everybody’s Oil Corporation (30 Tire Barn Stores in Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee) and a board member of Smith Implements, Inc. (John Deere dealerships).

 Volunteer and Charity Experience 

  • Trustee and Executive Committee: Anderson University, Anderson
  • Past Chairman (twice), United Way of Madison County (2003 Madison County Volunteer of the Year)
  • Missions Integration Board, St. Vincent’s Health System (Anderson, Indiana)
  • Past Chairman, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
  • Past Board Member and past Annual Meeting President, National Church Benefits Association (
  • Past Steering Committee Member of the Church Alliance (legislative/administrative)
  • Current Board Chair: Children of Promise
  • Founding Board Member and Treasurer, Horizons Children’s Homes International (caring for children in Africa)
  • Board Member and Audit Committee Chair: Warner Christian Resources
  • Inaugural Board Member and Chair, Church of God Foundation; former President
  • Honored as Distinguished Citizen of Madison County-2007
  • Past Board Member and Finance Committee Member, Madison County Community Foundation
  • Former Commissioner by appointment of the Governor (Hon. Mitch Daniels) of Indiana and Vice Chair-State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana
  • Recently named a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the Honorable Gov. Eric Holcomb.

 Jenness and is wife live in Noblesville and have three adult children and three grandchildren.