INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Mike Coyner announces the hiring of three more associate directors and one conference assistant to the new Indiana Conference staff. New employees include: Sharon L. Washington of Rocky Mount, N.C., as a full-time associate director of church development (now employed); the Rev. Stephen R. Seitz of Jasper, Ind., as a half-time associate director of church development (effective Sept. 15); and Steven P. Clouse of Goshen, Ind. as a full-time associate director of church development (effective Jan.1).

All three were chosen by Indiana Conference Director of Church Development the Rev. Mark Gough following a panel interview. They join Ed Fenstermacher, who was chosen to be an associate director of church development this past spring.

Coyner also announces the continued employment of Lisa Timmerman, Indiana Area receptionist, in the new conference.


Washington began her new position on July 15 and is based in Jeffersonville Ind.

According to Gough, she has been deployed to the southern part of the state but will serve the complete conference with her expertise and experience. She is fluent in Spanish and will be working with the Hispanic team of church development. She has experience in cross culture church plants.

Since May 2006, Washington served as an associate pastor of the World Tabernacle Church, a five-year-old, independent congregation with more than 1,500 members in Rocky Mount, N.C. and assisted in establishing a new church start in a marginalized community. She also has served as chaplain in Atlanta, Ga., as pastor of a church start in Bluefields, Nicaragua and at other Spanish-speaking congregations in Philadelphia, Pa. and Mexico. Prior to her call to ministry, she worked in pharmaceutical research and development.

She graduated from Duke University at Durham, N.C. in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Engineering and from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, an American Baptist school, (now Palmer Seminary) in 2002 with a Master of Divinity degree.

According to Gough, Washington is a lay person who wishes to move toward ordination. She can be contacted at 812-725-7791or


Seitz is a recently retired pastor of the Indiana Conference who has served in South Indiana beginning in 1978. He has held appointments at Petersburg, Tanner Valley and Jasper. In 1988 he was appointed to Jasper as pastor of a new church start. Within two years a new worship facility was constructed, which was expanded ten years later. In 2000, a family life center was constructed. He retired from Jasper on July 1.

He holds a B.A. degree in ministry in 1981 from the Oakland City College and a Master of Divinity degree in 1984 from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. During the past 20 years, Seitz also has participated in several church growth and development seminars in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Alabama.

He will serve congregations in southwest Indiana.


Clouse, a native of Elkhart, Ind., currently serves First UMC of Goshen as director of worship ministries, a position he has held since 2000. He also has served in church worship, music and/or youth ministries since 1993 in Michigan, Maryland and Kentucky.

He graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist College in Michigan in 1989 with a Bachelor of Music degree, from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Ky. in 1994 with a Master of Church Music degree and from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary at Elkhart in 2008 with a Master of Divinity degree .

Clouse will serve congregations in the western part of Indiana.


Coyner also annouces that Lisa Timmerman, current receptionist at the Indiana Area office in Indianapolis, has been hired as conference assistant in the episcopal office. She was chosen by the Rev. David V.W. Owen, executive assistant to the bishop.

Timmerman has served in her present position since May 2005. In the late 1990s, she served the area office part-time entering data She also has worked full and part-time in Indianapolis businesses since the early 1980s. She graduated from Butler University at Indianapolis in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.