Castleton United Methodist Church
GET TO KNOW OUR STAFF
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Rev. 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 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.
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.
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?)
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
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 it’s 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. 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).
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.
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.
Director 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.