Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner welcomed the 32 members of the new Indiana Conference Center staff on Monday, Jan. 4 during a one-day orientation session for all center employees.

This was the first week of employment for five of the staff members. Other staff members either continue in their previous positions or have come onboard as conference employees since the former Indiana Area staff moved into the third-floor suite in late-October at 301 Pennsylvania Parkway on the south edge of Carmel just off I-465 at the North Meridian Street exit.

The center opened for full service on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST) with a noon to 1 p.m. lunch hour.

Also this week, nine of the ten new Indiana Conference District Centers opened for service across Indiana from Laporte to Evansville. The new Southeast District Center in Columbus opened temporarily at First United Methodist Church in Columbus instead of its intended United Way location. A massive fire gutted the United Way of Bartholomew County building on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Click on “Districts” for a listing of all ten districts.

Shortly before Christmas, Coyner announced the hiring of six new staff at the new Indiana Conference Center. At that time, the conference hired two benefits assistants Linda Eskew and Sherry Austin. The conference also hired four conference assistants including: Roscel Carandang, Brenda Gross, Glenda Peery and Kathy Stanley. Since then the conference also hired Carla Johnson as conference center receptionist.

Continuing their employment with new conference responsibilities are Diana Barnett, former bookkeeper of the Indiana Area office and now conference accounting/database clerk; Elsie Miller, former office manager in the Bloomington Conference Center and now conference database coordinator; and Doug Anderson, former part-time superintendent of the Michiana District and now part-time associate director of church development.

Read a more complete story than this one in the January issue of Hoosier United Methodist Together newspaper to be published next week both online and print.