Event Leaders

Bishop Julius C. Trimble
Bishop Julius C. TrimbleResident Bishop
Bishop Julius C. Trimble was assigned July 16, 2016, to the Indiana Episcopal Area (Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church) by the 184 delegates of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church meeting in Peoria, Illinois. He was elected and consecrated a bishop by the same jurisdiction in 2008 and served eight years as the bishop of the Iowa Conference before his assignment to Indiana.
Trimble is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Illinois State University. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.
He was ordained a deacon and elder in the Northern Illinois Conference where he served two churches before transferring to the East Ohio Conference. He served churches in the Cleveland area and as the District Superintendent of the Cleveland District from 1996-2003.
Recipient of many honors and awards, He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1998 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the 2007 Bishop James S. Thomas Social Action Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action at Lakeside, OH. He continues to promote faith-based response to domestic violence and has encouraged the establishment of mental health ministries at the local church and conference level. He is also an active advocate for social justice, faith-based initiatives to address gun violence, as well as immigration reform. Trimble has preached throughout the United States and in Africa. He has also written a book, to support The United Methodist Church campaign Imagine No Malaria, A Faithful Church and a Healthy World: Reflections and Poems by Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble (2015). Trimble received 2015 Peace and Justice Award from Iowa Conference MFSA. In December 2017, he was the Graduation Keynote speaker at United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity for leadership in area of Global Health and Global Justice.
Trimble has been married since May of 1978 to First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble, a professional counselor and graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio. They are the parents of three adult children: Cameron, Candiace, and Julius Thomas.
Trimble’s personal mission statement is “to encourage all people with the love of Jesus Christ to rise to their highest potential or “Be Encouraged” for short.

Bishop Trimble is expected to preach during the Celebration of Ministry: Commissioning and Ordination Service, Thursday evening.

Bishop Mike Coyner
Bishop Mike CoynerRetired Indiana Bishop

Bishop Michael J. Coyner is a retired Bishop in The United Methodist Church. Prior to retirement, Bishop Coyner served the Indiana Conference for 12 years. Before being appointed to the Indiana Conference in 2004, “Bishop Mike”, as most people call him, served the Dakotas Conference after being elected to serve as a United Methodist Bishop in 1996. An Indiana native, Bishop Mike grew up in Anderson. Throughout his time in The United Methodist Church, he has served churches of various sizes in Indiana. Bishop Mike and his wife, Marsha, currently reside in Indianapolis.

Bishop Mike will speak during the Saturday morning Prayer Breakfast.

Rev. Karen Koelsch
Rev. Karen KoelschLead Pastor, Covenant UMC
I grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana and graduated from Mishawaka High School. I have a BS in Communications from Ball State and a Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical at Northwestern University. This is the fourth United Methodist church I have served. I was an associate pastor, working with youth at Auburn. I have also served as senior pastor at Calvary in Elkhart and just recently at Galveston UMC.

I have two younger sisters, Cindy and Cheryl, who are both married and have kids. My mother, Nancy, still lives in Mishawaka and plans to visit us at Covenant often. I have a five month old Golden Retriever named Sadie who loves her new back yard. I enjoy walking and being in nature. I love movies, TV, and spending time with friends and family. I love College Football and know Notre Dame will go all the way this year. I believe the church is a gift from God and that through the Church lives are changed, community is found, and joy is experienced.

Rev. Koelsch will preach Friday, June 14, during the Celebration of Life Service.

Rev. Michelle Knight
Rev. Michelle KnightSenior Pastor, Ridge UMC
Reverend Michelle L. Knight brings experience, expertise, joy, leadership and passion to her ministry. For over eighteen years she has served congregations in Indiana through the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. You will daily witness Pastor Michelle living out her vocational mission statement: “to preach, teach and embody the joy of salvation”.

After completing her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from the University of Evansville, Pastor Michelle graduated from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina with her Master’s in Divinity and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. While serving in full time pastoral ministry, she later completed certification as a Spiritual Director from The Benedict Inn and Conference Center in Beech Grove, Indiana.

Reverend Knight is a 2006 recipient of a $45,000 Clergy Renewal Grant from the Lily Endowment. She is a writer for the Upper Room daily devotional and has co-authored a book with her colleague entitled, He Said…She Said: Biblical Stories from a Male and Female Perspective. Michelle was an honored participant in the inaugural Bishop’s Leadership Academy for young clergy.

When not leading and loving her congregation, Pastor Michelle enjoys time reading in her hammock, writing, preparing for 5k events, scrap booking, and fun with family and friends. She is blessed with her husband, Eric, who is a software engineer. They have an energetic, musical, and clever daughter, Diana, who keeps them on their toes.

Rev. Knight will lead the Guided Prayer and Bible Study, Friday morning, June 14.

Rev. Mike Warner
Rev. Mike WarnerDirector of Clergy Care Services
Rev. Michael Warner is the Director of Clergy Care Services for the Annual Conference. In this capacity, he provides clergy and their family members with confidential and free pastoral care conversations, coaching sessions, or assistance with locating a therapist. The creative and robust service offered by Clergy Care Services was recognized as a best practice by the denomination and featured in a nation-wide documentary. Prior to taking on this role, Mike served 29 years as an Air Force chaplain, where he provided pastoral leadership and pastoral care for thousands of military personnel and their families. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Mike likes to engage in outdoor activities with family and friends, such as boating, hiking, and snowmobiling.

Rev. Warner will lead the Guided Prayer and Bible Study, Friday, June 14.

Pastor Rudy Rasmus
Pastor Rudy RasmusPastor of St. John's UMC, Houston
Rudy is a pastor, author, and a humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s most challenged communities. From Rudy’s previous life of owning and operating a “borderline bordello,” today he co-pastors the St. John’s Church in Downtown Houston with his wife Juanita. A church that began with 9 existing members in 1992, St. John’s has grown to thousands where every week people of every social and economic background share the same pew. He attributes the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope.

Pastor Rasmus will the keynote speaker during the Praise and Celebration service, Wednesday evening, June 12.

Rev. Kristine Marshall
Rev. Kristine MarshallResident Artist
Kristine has felt God’s call on her life since the day she first stepped foot in the church at age 11. The call was not only to preach, teach, and share the Gospel but also to communicate its power through art.
After receiving a Bachelor degree in Art at Southeast Missouri State, Kristine went on to earn an MDiv from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. In 2006 Kristine was ordained by the Free Methodist Church. She has pastored churches in St. Louis, MO, Lake City, MN, Elgin, IL, Palatine, IL, and now Anderson, IN. Somewhere in the midst of all this ministry her husband and she were blessed with four spirited girls. She can’t wait to see where God calls them.