About Us

Our Mission

Compassion In Action exists to be a refuge from the storms of life for hurting and needy people around the world. Our goal is to minister to the entire person, physically, spiritually and emotionally.




Tom Shilts – Director

Tom is a registered nurse , licensed pastor and business owner in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He is currently a student pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies.

His hobbies include time with his family, camping, boating, hunting, scuba diving and reading. Tom’s passion is two fold, studying the Word of God and helping those in need. Short term mission trips have played a vital role in Tom’s life since 1991 with annual trips to Monterrey, Mexico. In 2004 he did a medical mission trip to Kosovo. As a result of serving the poor and needy for years, Tom and his wife formed a 501 C-3 corporation/ministry called Compassion In Action. Their efforts have included 5 trips for Hurricane Charley relief, 10 trips for Hurricane Katrina relief, 4 trips for Joplin tornado relief, 1 trip to New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy relief and 1 trip to Moore, OK for tornado relief.  Annual mission trips to Mexico, multiple  local projects/extreme home makeover, prison ministry and hosting an International Father’s Embrace Conference for pastors and leaders have all been a part of his service.

Tom has been married to his high school sweetheart, Cathie, since 1972. With their passions for family, life and ministry so parallel, they simply love doing life together.

Cathie Shilts – Director

Cathie dedicated her life to being an at home mom and raising their beautiful children. When the children were older she became the owner/operator of a state licensed day care for 15 years. Currently Cathie is the owner/operator of 3 CBRF’s where her and Tom care for the elderly and disabled and is a licensed pastor.  She is currently enrolled in Central Wisconsin School of Theology pursuing her degree.

Her hobbies are time with family, gardening, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, and camping. Cathie comes alive when she helps the poor and needy. Her first mission experience was a medical mission trip to Paraguay in 1986. Since then a fire has burned in her heart for helping poor people and those in need. As co-leader of annual mission trips to Mexico since 1991, Cathie has a passion for mercy ministry. While Tom leads the team in building a house in 4 days, Cathie leads the rest of the team helping at a soup kitchen for the homeless, orphanage ministry, nursing home ministry, food give away, hair cutting clinics, VBS, and hospital ministry where all of the children have spinabifeda. Her outreaches have also included local projects/extreme home makeover, numerous disaster relief trips and a medical mission trip to Kosovo in 2004.  Hosting local and International Women’s Conferences and International Father’s Embrace Conferences is also a part of Cathie’s passion to see lives changed by the power of God.

The greatest gift we have been given is our family.