Castleton United Methodist Church
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Dir. of Family Ministries
Tandy Adams is the Director of Family Ministries at Castleton United Methodist Church. Tandy believes the Church is the hope for the nations and the primary means for which the Gospel of Jesus is lived out in our communities. She believes a church functions biblically when all generations grow in faith and sanctification together.
Tandy attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft Worth Texas. She has worked for 30+ years in vocational ministry in various churches in Texas and now Indianapolis.
Tandy is an avid Chicago Cubs fan, loves to play her guitar, has two children and has been married many years.
Dir. of Adult Discipleship
Jonathan Cruz is the Director of Adult Discipleship at Castleton United Methodist Church.
Jonathan believes that the Church is the embodiment of God’s Kingdom on Earth; his greatest passion is teaching the Bible and helping people connect it to their lives.
Jonathan attended Baylor University and George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. He has served in various capacities of parish ministry for 16 years.
Jonathan is an avid indoorsman; he enjoys cooking, reading, and scale modeling. Jonathan and his wife, Dr. Miranda Cruz, welcomed their first child in fall of 2019.
Assoc. Dir. of Family Ministries
Cindy’s love for the church family has guided her ministry at Castleton UMC. An employee here for 20+ years, she has served in Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, as a Pastor’s Assistant, and Communications Assistant and finally agreed to her current Family Ministry Associate position last September.
Making sure that children know that Jesus will be their forever friend so they are never alone is her main ministry objective. Along with her love of families and children, is her love of the children’s arts. Cindy has worked with Children’s Arts and Theater since it’s inception around 2000 and has been able to keep the program vital and growing.
Cindy has been married to her musician turned businessman husband for 41 years. They raised three sons. Have three lovely daughter-in-law’s and five beautiful grandchildren. She spends as much of her free time as possible laughing and loving family and friends, running sound for her husband’s band, listening to booktapes, gardening, and traveling.
Michael Duff is the Accounts Manager at Castleton United Methodist Church
The Accounting Manager’s primary responsibility is to faithfully execute the financial policies of the Governance Board and process all revenue collection, disbursements, payroll and accounting processes with the utmost accuracy, timeliness, transparency and auditability while under the direct supervision of the Senior Pastor, Director of Operations and Church Treasurer.
Mr. Duff ran two wholesale beverage distributorships and led the development team that created a cloud-based software analytics platform.
When Mr. Duff was born, dirt was still under warranty.
Jenifer Stuelpe Gibbs
Rev. Jen S. Gibbs is the Senior Pastor of Castleton United Methodist Church.
Pastor Jen is a lover of stories. She is a believer in redemption. She is a devotee to hiking and chocolate. But most importantly, she is a servant of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Jen didn’t find Jesus, Jesus found her. He redeemed her life well-after her undergraduate degree from Indiana University. She left an eleven-year career in educating children and teachers to follow a call to ministry and earn her Masters of Divinity at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. She specialized in spiritual formation. She’s studied organizational development at University of Illinois. She’s studied Transformational Leadership with the Lilly Endowed Wabash Leadership Program. She’s studied Faith and Fundraising with the Lake Institute, and she’s been published a few times in ministry books over the last five years.
Her favorite thing about ministry is empowering members to use their gifts to serve and love others in the mission of Christ.
Dir. Of Media and Communications
Zachary Hubbard is the Director of Media and Communications at Castleton United Methodist Church. Zachary believes that the Church has wonderful stories to be told; his greatest passion is making films, and enabling the work of ministry with technology.
Zachary attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He has served in United Methodist Churches for 8 years.
Zachary enjoys playing music, skateboarding, and power naps.
New Member Coordinator
Dr. John Perkins
Director of Music
Through his work as a choral musician, he has had the great privilege of working in the Middle East and performing many music traditions that do not represent his white, North American upbringing. Corporate music-making and worship of God must not only include music from many identities, but, the group must make actionable changes that represent Love Incarnate. Here, in Indianapolis, our church represents a part of our local community, but seeks a more complete understanding of the depth and breadth of God’s extended, open arms. I endeavor to direct a music ministry that fulfills and disrupts our faith toward the outstretched ministry of God’s kingdom.
His full-time appointment is at Butler University, as the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music. His teaching, research, and service activities there center around abolitionist music pedagogy, whiteness and choral music education, and de-colonizing music curricula. Through choral singing, he has interacted with choirs across the globe and in our local community which sing for much more than staged performances—for ritual, healing, spirituality, peacebuilding, identity, and solidarity, among others. This fulfillment outside of the “choral” paradigm has been the center of his published articles and conference presentations as well as his daily work with singers at Butler and Castleton.
Outside of work, John and Emily spend nearly all of their time chasing after Lili (2010), Noah (2014), and Jacob (2020).
Diana believes that God’s love, mercy and grace are the hallmarks to health and healing in our world, our community, in our lives. Mental health and spirituality are integral to our well-being; she provides a safe, confidential space to explore both.
Diana has a master of arts degree in marriage & family therapy from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University School of Social Work in Bloomington, Indiana. Prior to Diana opening her private practice in 2015; she was the Clinical Coordinator of Buchanan Counseling Center at Methodist Hospital.
Diana enjoys watching high school baseball, loves long bike rides, and can’t get enough of traveling with her two teen-aged sons and husband of 20 years.
Dir. Of Operations
Travis Tolka is the Director of Operations at Castleton United Methodist Church. Travis believes the Church is the means through which believers can pool time, talent and resources to enable ministry and outreach to impact our communities.
Travis graduated from the University of Memphis. He has worked for 20+ years in various operational roles and supported organizations of many different shapes and sizes.
Travis is an avid Memphis Tigers fan, enjoys spending time with family, has two children and has been married 27 years.
Director of CUMNS Kids