Castleton United Methodist Church

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Rev. Dr. Cynthia Reynolds "Pastor Cindy"

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Reynolds "Pastor Cindy"

Senior Pastor

 

Cindy was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and grew up on a farm near Ligonier with a brother and sister. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1975 from Ball State, a Master of Divinity in 1978 from United Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in 1989 from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.

She was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1979.
Cindy is a lifelong learner and has achieved certifications: as a Director for Spiritual Formation and Direction, in Conflict Mediation, and as a coach with Spiritual Leadership Incorporated.

Cindy has served 4 local congregations, as a campus minister, and in conference positions as the Director of Connectional Ministry, Conference Superintendent, and as the Executive Assistant to the Bishop. She retired in 2019 and is serving Castleton in retirement.

She served as a General Conference Delegate 7 times, given leadership to Mission teams in Africa, Europe, Haiti, Mexico, Guatemala, and several places in the United States, she has traveled 4 times to the Holy Land and one time following the pathways of Paul.

Her passion is helping people connect to God, connect to other believers, and connect in service to the community.

Cindy enjoys traveling, reading, music, hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, gardening, and golf.

Chris Croyts

Chris Croyts

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?)

 

Amy Leonhard

Amy Leonhard

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

Michael Duff

Accounting Manager

 

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

James Gettz

Facilities Manager

 

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.

Zachary Hubbard

Zachary Hubbard

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.

Teri Macri

Teri Macri

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

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

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).

Diana Keely

Diana Keely

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.

Yvette Wills

Yvette Wills

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

Diana Singleton-Kohlman

Pastoral Counselor

 

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.

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