Welcome Pastor Jen Stuelpe-Gibbs
If you were not here at Worship Sunday, then you may not be aware of the following announcement that was made by Ron Miller, CUMC’s Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair:
United Methodist Bishop of Indiana, Rev. Julius Trimble, has announced the appointment of Rev. Jenifer(Jen) Stuelpe-Gibbs as CUMC’s Senior Pastor as of July 1st, 2018.
Pastor Jen is married to the Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs, who is a faculty member at University of Indianapolis, where he teaches Religious Studies, as well as being in ministry to and with UIndy students. Together, Jen & Jeremiah have a son De’Andre, who goes by D.
Since 2015, Pastor Jen has been Senior Pastor at Old Bethel UMC at 21st & Franklin, and before that, she served as an Associate Pastor at Meridian Street UMC from 2012-2015 here in Indy. From 2008-2012, Pastor Jen served as an Associate Pastor at Bloomington First UMC. Prior to ministry, Jen was an Elementary School teacher.
Since I have known Jen well for many years, I can uncategorically say: “What an awesome choice!!” (And, although I had absolutely nothing to do with the Bishop and DS Jim Bushfield’s decision to appoint Pastor Jen here, Jen would have been my pick for CUMC’s next Senior Pastor if I would have still been the District Superintendent for CUMC!!)
Please keep Pastor Jen and her family, also my family, and the entire CUMC family IN PRAYER as we move toward this transition.
Yours in Christ,