INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced Nov. 5, the appointment of the Rev. Jean Brindel, currently full-time Indiana Conference Development Director, Capital Funds Campaign for Camping, to be the new pastor of First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. This is a part-time position. The other part of her appointment will be serving as Development Officer for the new United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, Inc., working with Manet Shettle, the foundation’s new president, to continue developing potential donors for the various ministries of the Indiana Conference.  Both positions are effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Upon her appointment, Coyner said, “Jean has done a fine job in helping with the Epworth Forest Campaign through its Phase One, which has successfully resulted in raising funds to build the first new cabins at Epworth Forest in more than 40 years. Her new position will allow her to continue to provide care and contact with those donors who have already given to the Epworth Forest Right Future Campaign, as well as other donors who may want to make gifts to other ministries. In addition, of course, Jean will be a fine pastor of the First UMC in Alexandria.”

The Camping Board of the Indiana Conference will be using the next few months to design Phase Two of the Epworth Forest Right Future Campaign, which will likely move toward raising funds for additional new cabins and a new auditorium.

On behalf of the Foundation, Shettle made a similar statement, saying, “We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Jean Brindel will be assisting the new United Methodist Foundation of Indiana part-time through June 2011. While she will continue some of her responsibilities with the Epworth Forest Right Future Campaign, she will be assisting the Foundation in developing donor care policies and procedures.  As the Foundation progresses through the merger transition, permanent positions will be identified and announced as they become available. “

The United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, Inc. is located at 1001 North Western Avenue, Suite D in Marion. For more information about the foundation, visit www.niumf.org or call the foundation toll free at 866-669-2327. 

Previous to her current position, Brindel served as senior pastor of the Saint Matthew UMC in Frankfort, Ind. (2004-2008). She also has served other Indiana congregations in Leo, Lafayette, Elmwood, Mt. Gilead, Pendleton, Russiaville and Aroma. She was ordained an Elder in 1977.

Brindel is a graduate of Ball State University (B.S.). United Theology Seminary in Dayton, Ohio (M.Div.), Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (M.S.T. in Pastoral Care and Counseling), and holds Certification in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Brindel is the mother of two adult sons: James, who lives in Atlanta, Ga., and Lee, who lives with his wife Candice in Washington, D.C. Her favorite past times are gardening and travel.


“Her new position will allow her to continue to provide care and contact with those donors who have already given to the Epworth Forest Right Future Campaign…”

– Bishop Mike Coyner