Luther BrunetteSenior Pastor
What I do at CLC: Senior Pastor. I’ve been at Carmel Lutheran since June, 1993.
Hometown: Born in Hickory, North Carolina. Grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin, oldest of seven sons. My father was a Lutheran Pastor.
Education: A.A. Degree – Concordia Junior College, Milwaukee, WI. B.A. - Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Masters of Divinity – Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.
Career Experiences: Ministry Positions: Vicar – St. John Lutheran Church, Seward, NE; Assistant and then Co-Pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN; Senior Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church, Afton, MO.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: The mission! The people! I am abundantly blessed to serve in a team ministry where the staff, leadership, and disciples are all partnering to carry out our disciple-making mission to reach out, care for and build people toward maturity in Christ.
Family: Kristine; daughters – Bethany (John with Charlie, grandson) and Rebecca (Jon); Son – Daniel (Katie).
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, golf, tennis, walking, swimming, traveling, grilling, kayaking, fishing, and watching TV sports.
A favorite Bible verse: Confirmation passage: John 10:27, 28 – “My sheep listen to my voice and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no once can snatch them out of my hand.”email@example.com
Scott GigerPastor of Outreach & Discipleship, Site Pastor - CLC Fishers
What I do at CLC: Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship, and still learning what that means!
Hometown: Lakeville, Mass.
Education: BA American History/political science, Concordia College (now University)-Ann Arbor; MDiv Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Career Experiences: Assistant Pastor—St. John Lutheran Church, Dublin, OH; Associate then Senior Pastor—Hosanna Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ; Site Pastor and Co-Senior Pastor—University Lutheran Chapel/St. Luke Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, MI
My favorite part of serving at CLC: A great staff, an exciting mission, and the warm welcome we have received!
Family: Kate and I have been married 15 years. We are blessed and humbled by our three great children, Emma (11), Andrew (9) and Micah (4).
Hobbies: Sports (basketball, golf, softball, etc.), cooking, wine making, traveling, camping.
A Favorite Bible Verse: John 10:10b – [Jesus said,] “I have come that they might have life, and life to the full!”firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel SchummPastor of Care Ministries
What I do at CLC: As Pastor of Care Ministries, I work with the Spiritual Care Ministry Team in overseeing the care ministries of our congregation. By God’s grace, we are striving to model a family environment in which our care for one another is not merely accomplished by “committee” but as a “community.” As Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). I also share with the other Pastors of our congregation in the responsibilities of preaching, teaching, worship leading (including chapel), counseling and visiting.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Education: Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO; Vicarage: Messiah Lutheran Church, Eugene, OR and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Junction City, OR.
Career experiences: Dual-ministry pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Walker, MN & St. John’s Lutheran Church, Akeley, MN; Associate Pastor, Emmaus Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN: Sole pastor, St. Michael Lutheran Church, Hebron, IN. Since January 16, 2000, I have been privileged to serve God’s people here in the areas of Outreach, Discipleship, and now Spiritual Care.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: It is a joy to partner with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who not only delight in the love of our Lord Jesus, but who are also passionate about utilizing their gifts, abilities and life experiences to the glory of God’s name and the eternal well-being of all for whom Jesus gave His life.
Family: My wife, Susan, and I met while students at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan and were married in 1980. God further blessed our lives with two sons, Timothy and Jonathan. God’s blessings to our family continued with Timothy’s marriage to Michelle (Weyreter).
Hobbies: I am a “tinkerer” and delight in working with my hands. I enjoy wood-working (especially Mission-style), and anything relating to airplanes (including flight simulation), trains (including model railroading) and automobiles (especially auto racing).
Favorite Bible verse: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).email@example.com
Max MurphyPastor of Contemporary Worship - CLC Carmel
What I do at CLC: I direct worship in our contemporary Worship Center. I also perform other pastoral duties like preaching, teaching, and hospital visitations. I lead men's Bible studies on a weekly basis
Hometown: The city of Dallas in the great state of Texas
Education: Graduated with a DCE certificate from Concordia University Irvine and a Masters in education from Irvine. I received pastoral certification from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Career Experiences: I have served as a youth director in junior high, high school, and college ministries. I also served as a high school theology teacher.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: It's an amazing staff with a great church family.
Family: One wife, Beth. Four kids, Marshall, Zack, Faith and Rachel.
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, Triathlon, golf
A Favorite Bible Verse: For I know the plans I have for you… (Jeremiah 29:11)firstname.lastname@example.org
Rollin KuznikPastor Emeritus, Visitation Pastor
What I do at CLC: I lead Bible and topical study classes on Sundays, serve as Sanctuary Liturgist and Preacher as needed, provide devotions for fellowship groups, and serve as Visitation Pastor for about 43 CLC disciples and/or friends each month.
Hometown: Waukegan, Illinois
Education: 1959-61, Valparaiso University; 1961-62, Concordia Junior College, Milwaukee;1962-64, Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne; 1964-68, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Career Experiences: Pastorates –
- 1968-72: Dual Parish of Christ Ev. Lutheran Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Aurora and Bradford, Ontario, Canada
- 1972-76: Messiah Lutheran Church, Middletown, OH
- 1976-2003: St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Algonquin, IL
- 2003-Present: Pastor Emeritus, CLC
My favorite part of serving at CLC: It is a privilege and joy to serve the Lord and His people with such a multi-talented Christ-centered fellowship of disciples!
Family: Married to Betty for 48 years. Our children (3 sons and 1 daughter) and their families live in South Carolina, Missouri, and Indiana; and we have 5 grandchildren.
Hobbies: Reading, golf, bocce, and social card games.
A favorite Bible verse: "The Lord is my Pastor; I shall not want!" (Psalm 23:1)email@example.com
Paul BorgPastoral Assistant
What I do at CLC: A pastoral assistant with a special focus upon inviting persons to greater joy and transformation as we become 1st century disciples in the 21st century.
Hometown: Flint, Michigan, living there the first 20 years of my life.
Education: A Masters of Divinity in Theology, a Masters in Spiritual Formation and Leadership, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelization of the Unchurched.
Career Experiences: I have been a Lutheran Pastor for 46 years and have served in four different Indiana congregations (Delphi, North Manchester, and Indianapolis) before joining Carmel Lutheran.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: Living and serving amidst a people where there is a joyful and passionate vision to be and make disciples --- both within the congregation and amidst those outside of the faith.
Family: Judy is my wife (married more than 48 years); three children and 10 1/2 grandchildren.
Hobbies: Mountain hiking, camping, jogging, photography, reading, singing in the Sanctuary Choir, and now learning the sport of golf.
A Favorite Bible Verse: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...” Matthew 28:firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry BobbDirector of Sanctuary Music
What I do at CLC: I put together the services and plan the music for the Sanctuary. I also work with the various ensemble directors as they choose and prepare music. I play the organ and piano and direct the Sanctuary Choir and CLC Wind Symphony.
Hometown: Seymour, Indiana.
Education: Undergrad and graduate degrees from Concordia University Chicago, as well as an honorary doctorate from there in 2000. Graduate degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Career experiences: Lutheran grade school teacher and church musician in St. Louis congregations, 17 years in various roles at Concordia Publishing House, 7 years teacher at Lutheran High School South in St. Louis.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: Sunday mornings!
Family: Wife, Donna, teaches in KOK preschool at CLC. Two grown sons, Aaron and Ryan, both in St. Louis.
Favorite Bible verse: “I will sing with my spirit, but I will sing praise with my mind also.” 1 Corinthians 14:email@example.com
Dan CalabreseOrganist - CLC Fishers
What I do at CLC: I play the organ and piano for traditional worship services. I also help coordinate instrumentalists and handbells for the Fishers site. I help with putting together and planning the music for our traditional worship services.
Hometown: Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisc. I’ve lived in Indianapolis since 2007.
Education: My education is from Purdue University with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structures. It may not be engineering, but I’ve had a passion for church music for as long as I can remember, especially the organ. I was 5 years old when I had my first piano lesson and received training in piano and organ for about 10 years.
Career Experiences: I have been blessed to lead worship from the organ bench for over 15 years. I first served at the Lutheran Home for the Aging in Milwaukee until my home church at that time, Blessed Savior Lutheran (New Berlin, Wisc.), was in need of a full time organist and choir accompanist. I served there until I moved to West Lafayette to attend Purdue University. During my years at Purdue, I served at both University Lutheran and St. James Lutheran playing the organ and accompanying the choir. In 2007, I started attending Carmel Lutheran and have been playing for traditional worship services ever since.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: The depth and experience of our staff is a true blessing for not just others on the staff, but also all those who call Carmel Lutheran their home.
Family: Paula and I were married in Fort Wayne in 2007. We have one daughter, Claire, who loves to read books and listen to music with Mom and Dad.
Hobbies: Composing music arrangements for worship, golfing, exercising, and just being out in the yard (when it’s nice of course!).
A favorite Bible verse: “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane CallahanDirector of Multisite Ministries
What I do at CLC: I am coordinating our work for multisite development in Fishers. Our teams include Vision, Site Development, Finance, Communication and Prayer.
Hometown: Pontiac, Michigan but a Hoosier since age 11 (a long time ago).
Education: Associate Degree in Nursing from University of Indianapolis, BS in Business Management and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Licensed as Registered Nurse.
Career Experiences: Thirty-three years of healthcare experience from bedside nursing to healthcare business executive. Most recently served as Network Vice President of Physician Services at Community Health Network. I’m also the proprietor of The Fern of Westfield, a historic small event venue in Westfield, Indiana. In addition, I’m currently the Volunteer Chairman of the Healthcare Working Group for Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH), educating healthcare professionals across the state to recognize and rescue victims of labor and sex trafficking.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: Working in a Christ-centered setting. Carmel Lutheran is a place where the mission is lived day in and day out in a real way – to reach out, care for and build people toward maturity in Christ.
Family: Married to Patrick. We have two sons, Jeremy (Missy) with grandson Otto and Jeffrey (Rachel) with grandchildren Coal and Evelynn.
Hobbies: Traveling to northern California to see two grandchildren (and yes, Jeff and Rachel too), and gardening.
A Favorite Bible Verse: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:email@example.com
Gayle CarlsonBuilding & Properties Coordinator
What I do at CLC: As the Building and Property Coordinator my job is to assess the needs of the facilities to keep them operating as planned and to maintain the aesthetics of the property.
Hometown: Chetek, Wisconsin, a small resort town in Northwestern Wisconsin.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Education, majoring in Industrial Education from Stout State University – Wisconsin.
Career Experiences: Two years in the US Army, Vice President and Director of Distribution for Addison-Wesley Publishing and Time Life.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: The daily interaction with the other staff members and the opportunity to continue to work with professionals within the community.
Family: Married to Nancy since 1970; have two children, Jennifer & Jeremy. Jennifer married to Phil with 2 children, Maddie and Katie. Jeremy is single.
Hobbies: Woodworking, cabinetry, special projects, and golf.
Favorite Bible Verse: Mathew 28:20 – “And behold, I am with you always…”firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave ChristianAssistant Director of Sanctuary Music - CLC Carmel
What I do at CLC: Assistant Director of Sanctuary Music. That includes worship planning, leading choral and instrumental groups, and serving in the organ rotation for all sanctuary services.
Hometown: Elgin, Illinois.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Masters in Church Music, and Director of Christian Education Certification from Concordia University Chicago.
Career experiences: I have served as teacher, Director of Christian Education, and Minister of Music in parishes in Westwood, NJ; Akron, OH; Kirkwood, MO; and LaGrange, IL.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: Being part of a vibrant, diverse, artistic community of missional believers.
Family: Married for four decades to Judith (former director of Children’s and Family Ministry for the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod); 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren: Matthew and family in Chicago, Melissa and family in Fishers, and Erica and family in St. Louis.
Hobbies: Reading; all things musical.
Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 89:15 – “Blessed are the people who know the festal shout.”email@example.com
Clarissa HayDiscipleship Coordinator
What I do at CLC: I am at the welcome desk Monday through Wednesday answering phones, assimilating guests, administrating the DCL class, running reports, and helping to maintain the database.
Hometown: Sun Prairie, Wisc.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Career Experiences: Before staying home to be with my children and joining the CLC staff in 2011, I was a teacher at Portage Junior High School in Portage, Wisc.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: Everything we do and say is grounded in Jesus Christ with the focus of leading people to know and serve Him. Being able to go to work every day and play a small part in something big is huge to me.
Family: Married to Patrick since 1998. We have a 12 year old daughter and a 10 year old son.
Hobbies: I enjoy camping, reading, organizing, and spending time with friends and family.
A Favorite Bible Verse: “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)firstname.lastname@example.org
Shawn HeckselDirector of High School & College Student Ministries
What I do at CLC: I serve alongside the Faith Formation Team in partnering with the congregation, staff and families of CLC to reach out, care for, and build children, youth, and college students toward maturity in Christ.
Hometown: I was born in Watertown, Minn., and lived in Minnesota much of my life. But honestly I now call St. Louis, Mo. my hometown. Just love it there!
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Communications/Theater and Confessional Lutheranism.
Career Experiences: I have served in many congregations in the past: St. John’s Lutheran, Buffalo, Minn.; Trinity, West Seneca, N.Y.; Emanuel Lutheran, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Our Savior Lutheran, Excelsior, Minn.; and Abiding Savior Lutheran, St. Louis, Mo.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: I am in awe of the partnership and compassion that this staff shows one another. It is truly a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful team.
Family: Married to Jessi since 2004 and I have two boys; Will who is 6 and Noah who is almost 4.
Hobbies: My first love is music. I have been playing instruments since I was very young and have been blessed to write music, tour and play a variety of venues in the past. I also really love to run and spend time outdoors.
A favorite Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:email@example.com
Tina HendersonOffice Assistant
What I do at CLC: I print all our bulletins, announcements, liturgy and other special printing as requested. I create, edit, and manage our Sunday Adult Bible Study power point presentations for our Pastors. I also have the privilege of greeting, and meeting people over the phone and those that come through our doors here at Carmel Lutheran Church!
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from I.U. in Indianapolis.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: I just started working here in June 2013, and I have enjoyed working with such a wonderful group of people who are all on the same page and working together towards the same mission.One of my favorite weeks of the year is to teach Mixed Media Art for our Fine Arts Academy.
Hobbies: Creating art, reading, and traveling with our firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy KlemmCommunications Coordinator
What I do at CLC: I layout, write, and edit the bulletin, announcements, eNews, newsletters, and various brochures. I also keep the website and prayer list updated and work with any projects that need publicity.
Hometown: Born in Saratoga Springs, NY; have lived in Indianapolis since 1971 (except for my high school years spent in Clinton, New Jersey).
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Public & Corporate Communications from Butler University.
Career Experiences: Before joining the staff at Carmel Lutheran in 1993, I worked for the American Heart Association, Sigma Theta Tau (nursing honor society), and St. Francis Hospital – working on various publications and media relations.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: This staff is the greatest! I love the support I get, both personally and professionally, from those working here.
Family: Married to Bryan since 1990. We have 2 daughters, one a Senior at the University of Dayton and one a Freshman at Concordia University Chicago.
Hobbies: Crocheting (prayer shawls and sleeping mats for the homeless), crafts, singing in the Sanctuary Choir and Worship Band, and spending time with friends & family.
A favorite Bible verse: “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Psalm 24:15)email@example.com
Melissa LuepkeDirector of Faith Formations - CLC Fishers
What I do at CLC: Interim Director of Confirmation Ministry.
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri—go Cards!
Education: BA in Elementary Education and Director of Christian Education (DCE) from Concordia University Chicago.
Career experiences: I began as a DCE Intern at CLC in 1998, and have served here ever since—as a full time DCE from 1999-2010, and in various volunteer roles.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: I have a lot of fun walking alongside people as we meet Jesus together!
Family: I’ve been married to Nate since 2006 (we met in the CLC choir!) and we have three children: Danielle (6), and twins Lukas & Caleb (2).
Hobbies: Adventures with my family, hiking, biking, running, cooking and baking, singing, teaching, home projects.
Favorite Bible verse: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer MidkiffDirector of Children's Music Ministries
What I do at CLC: I direct the Children's Music Ministry, which involves choirs, handbells/choir chimes, a children's Lessons and Carols service, a children's musical, and participation in the annual Hymn Festival. I also sing with the Sanctuary Choir and play harp for services. With our Kids Kount ministry, I volunteer as a music leader for the younger children during Sunday School. And this summer, I will be returning to an active role in Stephen Ministry at CLC.
Hometown: Carmel, Ind.
Education: I graduated from Carmel High School and earned my B.A. in music education from Luther College and my M.M. in choral conducting from Butler University. I also have most of a master's degree in music history from Northern Illinois University.
Career Experiences: I have taught 11 years of school, grades K-12: most recently, I directed the choirs and taught other music classes at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, 2005-2013. My two career paths have been school and church music: I have served as Music Director at First Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Kirkland, Illinois, and at Southport UMC in Indianapolis, as well as being an accompanist at First Baptist Church of Cumberland in Indianapolis. I was the interim choir director at CLC from 2006-2008. As a harpist, I have been playing weddings and other special events for 19 years, and I also teach private voice, piano, and harp lessons.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: Wonderful parents and staff to work with, work that I love to do, and great children to teach!!
Family: My husband Phil and I have been married for 11 years, and we have two daughters: Maddie, age 7, and Katie, age 4.
Hobbies: Knitting, reading, spinning, weaving, and learning new musical instruments. I play in two bands: one is a Celtic traditional trio called Alair, and the other is a Celtic-influenced folk-rock band called Wild Mercy.
A Favorite Bible Verse: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord; "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)email@example.com
Karen MinniearCLC Connect Coordinator
What I do at CLC: I maintain our church management software/database, CLC Connect. I create manuals/documentation for software, train staff and congregation members as they join our staff/ministry team(s), and provide a “help desk” for CLC Connect questions.
Hometown: Lafayette, Ohio.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business (Major: Marketing) from the University of Toledo.
Career Experiences: I worked in sales for a fluid power engineering company (Taylor Newcomb) for 2 years followed by a 1 year position as Marketing Director for a software company (J. Damon & Assoc). I was blessed to be part of the CLC Staff in 2007-2010 as part of the administrative team and then rejoined the staff in 2012 to help with data migration and the CLC Connect Implementation Project.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: I love the friendships with fellow staff members and love working in a faith-based, grace-filled environment.
Family: Married to Michael since 1996. We have 2 daughters, Macy and Abby.
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, and watching my girls’ sports and extra–curricular activities.
A favorite Bible verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Lisa MohlerDirector of Children's Ministry
What I do at CLC: Director of Children’s Ministry
Hometown: Huntington, Indiana
Education: BA in Psychology from Taylor University
Career Experiences: Youth for Christ (Jr. High Ministry), Young Life (Jr. High Ministry)
My favorite part of serving at CLC: The lasting friendships that I have made with so many of the Children’s Ministry volunteers.
Family: Married to Jeff since 1999. Jeff is COO of Special Olympics Indiana. We have two kids: Lydia, and Owen.
Hobbies: I am a home body! I LOVE to read! Historical fiction, biographies, etc… the Tudor period is my favorite period of history. Off with their heads!
A Favorite Bible Verse: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Eric NelsonDirector of Worship Technologies
What I do at CLC: Director of Worship Technologies. I work with the amazing volunteers and staff who provide all the audio, visual, and lighting in our worship services both in the Sanctuary and Worship Center, and making sure CLCTV is broadcast each week for live and on-demand viewing. Part of my job is to also serve on our Communications Team that is responsible for making sure CLC’s vision and ministry is shared with the congregation and community. I also fill in for Pastor Max occasionally, leading worship in the Worship Center.
Hometown: Alpena, MI
Education: BA in Christian Education in 2001 and Director of Christian Education (DCE) certification in 2002 from Concordia University in Portland, OR. In 2013 I completed my Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, CO.
Career Experiences: I’ve served congregations in Washington, Alaska, and Indiana as a DCE, youth minister, and worship leader. I’ve also worked in camp ministry in Oregon, in the Finance & Business Office at Concordia University, and managed a McDonald’s restaurant during my first two years of college.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: Working for the Kingdom full-time and experiencing others in the Body as they share their gifts, both here at CLC and in their everyday walk with Jesus.
Family: My wife, Adina, and I were married in July 2001. We have two girls, Raina (age 8) and Denali (4). Both our girls’ names have a connection to our time in Alaska. Ask me sometime and I’ll be happy to share!
Hobbies: Music (I play a variety of instruments and sing), photography, organic vegetable gardening, woodworking.
A favorite Bible verse: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill NisenshalAdministrative Assistant
What I do at CLC: I am the Pastoral Administrative Assistant at CLC which means I help the pastors with a variety of items – from rounding up children’s message items to preparing the sermon PowerPoint to Voters’ Meeting materials. Nothing is too great or too small a task and I am happy to do whatever it takes to help. In addition to assisting the pastors, I also work with individuals and families when they need to schedule baptisms or weddings, or when there is a death and a funeral is to take place at the church. I also work with the Meal Ministries, Pew Rack Fillers, Altar Guild, and a variety of district and outside meeting groups.
Hometown: Auburn, Indiana
Education: B.S. Organizational Leadership and Supervision from IPFW (Purdue University); Previously licensed to teach Elementary Education and Middle School Math/Language Arts
Career experiences: I was a 7th Grade English teacher at Eastside Jr. Sr. High School in Butler, Indiana for 1 year. I absolutely loved teaching 7th graders, but when my husband and I got married, I moved to the Indy area and was unable to get a teaching job right away. That’s when I was offered a job as the Office Administrator at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fishers. My initial goal was to stay there until I found a teaching job, but I ended up staying 8 wonderful years.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: I am so excited to work in my home church. After attending church here for nearly 10 years, I truly enjoy the fellowship with others at CLC and serving in the Lord’s house every day.
Family: My husband, Andrew, and I have been married since 2005, and we have a daughter, Eden.
Hobbies: Watching anything on HGTV, organizing garage sales, reading, Zumba, playing Euchre, watching movies, spending time at my family’s lake cottage
Favorite Bible verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)email@example.com
Josh PeddeAssistant Director of Sanctuary Music - CLC Fishers
What I do at CLC: I direct the Men's, Women's, and Festival Sanctuary Pick-up choirs along with the return of the Carmel Community Choir. I also play the organ for worship services.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Education: Bachelor of Music Education- Vocal and Masters in Choral Conducting- emphasis in Children's Choirs both from Butler University
Career Experiences: Taught Butler Men’s Glee Club, high school choir at Kokomo High School, elementary music at Stonegate Elementary in Zionsville, and currently am the Assistant Artistic Director for the Indianapolis Children's Choir.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: The staff!! They are such wonderful people who have been so welcoming!
Family: Married Laura in 2006 and we have a three year old daughter, Annabelle and a seven month old, Grayson.
Hobbies: I love running, gardening, and cooking.
A Favorite Bible Verse: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)
Holly ReayFinancial Assistant
What I do at CLC: I coordinate the Counting Team, maintain contribution records, manage accounts payable, prepare monthly financial statements, payroll, Kids of the Kingdom financials.
Hometown: Decatur, Indiana
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Career Experiences: Crowe Chizek public accounting firm from 1998-2001; from 2001-2007 my husband and I owned Kid’s Corner specialty toy store with locations at the Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing and Clay Terrace; I joined the CLC staff in July 2009.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: It’s a joy to work at the place where I also worship!
Family: Husband, Brad; daughters, Sophie (11) and Molly (8).
Hobbies: Reading, board games with my family, DIY projects around the house.
A Favorite Bible Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann SobierajskiFaith Formations Office Assistant
What I do at CLC: As an Administrative Assistant at the Welcome Desk, I am one of the faces and voices of Carmel Lutheran. I work the first half of the week and my duties include welcoming visitors and disciples, answering the phone, processing the attendance cards and assimilating our guests, and absolutely anything else that needs to get done. I’m here to help!
Hometown: I was born in Texarkana, Tex., and grew up in Plymouth, Ind. I have lived in the Indianapolis area since 1994 when my husband and I moved here from northern Indiana.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with Math and Computer Endorsements from Ball State University.
Career Experiences: Before joining the staff at Carmel Lutheran in May of 2015, I was a public school educator for almost 20 years. I taught in MSD Washington Township and Hamilton Southeastern school districts before being led to my position here at church.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: I truly love everything about it. The people that I have had the opportunity to meet as disciples of the congregation, guests, parents of youth, CLC Connect group members, and most recently as staff have truly been wonderful. Everyone truly embraces the CLC mission to “Reach Out, Care For, and Build People towards maturity in Christ.” And I absolutely love the daily smiles and hugs!
Family: Married to Brent since 1994. We have 2 children; our son is a junior at Lutheran High School, and our daughter is an 8th grader in Noblesville Schools.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, especially motivational books and historical fiction. I also enjoy watching movies and trying out new restaurants and well as spending time with my family and friends.
A favorite Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:11)email@example.com
Bruce WilliamsDirector of Administration
What I do at CLC: Director of Administration. What does that mean? Basically I do odds & ends… when I’m not doing odds, one can frequently find me doing miscellaneous, other, or just ends.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Wabash College and an MBA in Finance from the Northwestern University Graduate School of Management.
Career Experiences: I spent nearly 30 years in the financial component at Eli Lilly and Co. prior to joining the CLC staff in 2008.
My favorite part of serving at CLC: I enjoy serving and helping people.
Family: Married to Jan for 31 (consecutive) years. Son Marc is an LCMS Pastor in Barrington, IL. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Jacob and Mikayla. Daughter Sarah is a first grade teacher living in Nashville, TN. Son David is a third year student in the Hospitality Management program at Kendall College, in Chicago, IL
Hobbies: I enjoy sports of all sorts, walking with Jan, astronomy, the National Parks, and time with family.
A Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23 is a regular part of my personal prayer and devotion time, as is Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan WilliamsDirector of Women's Ministry
What I do at CLC: Director of Women’s Ministry; Director of the Fine Arts Academy; occasional organist, sing in the choir.
Hometown: Evansville, IN
Education: Master of Music: Organ Performance – Eastman School of Music; Bachelor of Music Education – University of Evansville
Career Experiences: Serving in various congregations as organist and choir director (children and adult) and Bible study leader; public school music teacher
My favorite part of serving at CLC: #1 – Leading women’s Bible study. #2 – Serving with staff and lay people who continue to look for ways to expand the kingdom of God.
Family: Husband, Bruce. Children – Marc Cohen, wife Cheryl, grandchildren Jacob and Mikayla; Sarah Williams, and David Williams.
Hobbies: Walking/Hiking; reading
A Favorite Bible Verse: Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. (Philippians 2:5-11)email@example.com