Castleton United Methodist Church
GET TO KNOW OUR STAFF
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Rev. Matt Landry
Pastor Matt Landry is originally from northwest Indiana and grew up in a rural, family congregation in The United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN, with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. It is also where he experienced his call to ministry through involvement in Campus Ministry. He received his Master of Divinity at Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 2010. In 2018, Pastor Matt also completed a certificate program in spiritual direction with the Sisters of Saint Benedict.
He has been in ministry since 2007, serving as Senior Pastor in Winamac, Indiana; Pastor of Mission and Discipleship at Meridian Street UMC in Indianapolis; and most recently as Senior Pastor at First UMC in downtown South Bend. As the Pastor of Mission and Discipleship at Meridian Street, his primary focus was on local and global mission projects, planning and teaching studies, and reaching out to the neighborhoods near the church
He and his wife Candace have been married for 14 years and have two boys, Zechariah (Zeke) (2015) and Luke (2019). They enjoy playing outside, visiting local and state parks, cheering for every local sports team, and exploring new places. Pastor Matt enjoys blues and jazz music. He even made several trips to see BB King play live in concert! You will likely find Pastor Matt engaged in a ministry of presence at any of the coffee shops located near the church.
Director of Discipleship
Chris’ desire is to see people joyfully live under the reign of Jesus, experiencing life with Him and for Him, which is what we were made for, and to see the Church faithfully embody the message she proclaims. He has had the privilege of serving the church vocationally and bi-vocationally for nearly 30 years in various roles such as youth pastor, discipleship pastor, and church planter. He has also served in leadership roles in credit unions, restaurants, and higher education, as well as serving on assorted board of directors and as a coach for youth sports.
Born and raised in sunny southern California, you can imagine how he feels about Indiana winters. Chris attended Hope International University in Fullerton, CA where he double-majored in preaching and youth ministry, and later pursued a Masters degree in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Friends University in Wichita, KS.
Chris enjoys reading, being outside, most forms of exercise and fitness, asking questions, and generally challenging the status quo. He has been married to Angela for over 22 years (she’s the fun one, he’s the serious one…as most anyone will attest) and they have two children Sophia (2002) and Ezekiel (2009).
Chris’ sports loyalties (which, let’s face it, is what you really wanted to know) lay with the Colts, Lakers, Dodgers, and Notre Dame (a nice blend of California and Indiana, don’t you think?)
Director of Family Ministry
Meg was born in Jasper, Indiana but grew up in rural Kosciusko County. She graduated from Whitko High School and went on to Indiana Wesleyan University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy with additional merits in Biblical Literature and Theology. Meg has completed over half of her Master’s of Divinity and has also earned Transition to Teaching accreditation in secondary sciences.
Meg has served in a variety of roles inside and outside the church. She has served as Senior Pastor, Student Pastoral Intern, and Associate Pastor in several local United Methodist Churches. Meg has also worked for the Department of Child Services and taught 8th Grade Science.
Meg considers herself to be a servant to all that she is called to be in community with, especially children and youth. She has a blended family that includes her better half, step-children, foster children, bonus kids, and has plans to expand her family in the future. Meg is also close with her parents, siblings, niece and nephew.
Being a United Methodist and participating in the procedures of being a Methodist have always been important to Meg. She has served as a youth delegate to Annual Conference, an Equalization member, and was elected to the Jurisdictional Conference delegation one time. However, her faith goes far beyond polity and procedure. Meg has been on multiple mission trips.
In her spare time (when she can find some), Meg enjoys creating art, especially drawing, music, and being anywhere in nature.
Dir. of Operations and Administration
Amy Leonhard is the Director of Operations and Administration at Castleton United Methodist Church. Amy’s passion is helping and serving our church and community, and enabling them to do amazing things.
Before coming to Castleton, Amy served Lawrence Township Public Schools for 20 years. Meeting new people and establishing connections has always been a joy of Amy’s.
In addition to serving Castleton, Amy is also a licensed real estate broker.
Outside of work, Amy loves spending time with her grandchild, visiting numerous state parks, refinishing furniture, and reading!
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.
James Gettz is the Facilities Manager at Castleton United Methodist Church. James has served at Castleton for 20 years. James is the glue that keeps our campus together, and the oil that keeps us moving.
Before working at Castleton, James was a longtime member of the church. James is proud of his work, (as he should be) and the excellence of his work is a blessing to the kingdom.
Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with his family, playing with his dogs, and doing jigsaw puzzles.
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 loves when his work can enable the Church to be effective in its ministry. He works with all things Media and Communications, AVL, and IT.
Zachary attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He has served in United Methodist Churches for 8 years.
In his spare time, Zachary enjoys playing music, listening to music, playing video games, skateboarding, and hiking.
New Member Coordinator
Teri Macri is the New Member Coordinator at Castleton United Methodist Church. Teri believes that we are all compelled by God’s love to be the light into the world through our relationships, our hospitality, and our love for all people. Teri‘s passion for relationships helps fuel her desire to develop strong connections between Castleton UMC and its members, guests, and visitors.
In addition to her responsibilities as New Member Coordinator, Teri is also a dental hygienist in the Indianapolis area.
Teri is an avid walker, enjoys reading, and adores spending time with her husband of 29 years and two daughters.
Dr. Robert Townsend
Dir. Of Contempory Worship
Robert T. Townsend is a professor in the School of Educational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Western Michigan University, Master of Music Education degree from Indiana University- Bloomington, and completed the Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. While at Indiana University, Robert studied conducting with Prof. Jan Harrington and performed under the direction of Prof. Robert Porco. Dr. Townsend has public and private school (P-12) music teaching experience and university teaching and administration experience.
He has served many churches as a musician and worship leader throughout the mid-west and south. In addition, he serves as executive producer/conductor for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis’ Annual Gospel Concert. He also serves as Founder/board member of The Performing Arts Conservatory; an after-school program helping youth to perfect their gifts and talents in the performing arts (www.tpacindy.org). The organization is working toward opening a performing arts secondary school in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. Robert resides in Indiana with his wife. Their daughter is a teacher in MSDLT.
Dr. John Perkins
Dir. 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).
Dir. of Stillwaters Adult Day Center
Diana Keely is the Executive Director of Stillwaters Adult Day Center and has 27 years of experience in nonprofit youth development. She has cherished her many years working with youth and families to develop them into our future leaders. She loved all the direct and indirect experiences she gained growing in her career.
But, in the last four years, as she was her father’s direct caregiver, she developed a new passion for serving our seniors. She learned and navigated a new world for me; finding services and support for helping my father. While along this journey Diana became an advocate for others in the same place she was. Diana helped other families find services and support that she had found. This is where Diana discovered her new journey to support families and individuals as they are aging.
Diana has been married for 26 years and has an amazing 15-year-old daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and running.
Dir. of CUMNS Kids
Yvette’s passion for children and education drives her ministry at CUMNS Kids. Yvette started her career at CUMNS as a nursery school teacher. She has held the position of Director for the past 5 years.
Yvette has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has been working in the field of education and ministry for over 23 years. Yvette’s main ministry objective is to live out the gospel, by being the hands and feet of Christ, as she partners with families in their child’s educational and spiritual journey.
Yvette loves spending time with her daughter and two fur babies when she is not at work. She also enjoys cooking, shopping, and repurposing furniture in her leisure time.
Diana Singleton-Kohlman is a pastoral counselor with over twenty five years of experience. Diana has a collaborative minstrity providing marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling to individuals, couples, & families under the practice name DS Counseling, LLC.
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.