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Connectional and Mission + Justice Team2018-10-28T12:49:13+00:00

Connectional and Mission + Justice Team

Rev. Dr. Cindy Reynolds
Rev. Dr. Cindy ReynoldsExecutive Assistant to the Bishop & Director of Connectional Ministries
Cindy’s personal passion is to “connect people”—Connect to Jesus for salvation and life, connect to believers for discipleship growth, and connect to community for service. She was ordained Elder in 1979 and has served her entire ministry in the Indiana Conference (and its predecessor conferences). She has served in a variety of roles including; Associate Pastor, Lead Pastor, Campus Minister in Extension Ministry, Conference Superintendent, Director of Connectional Ministry, and Executive Assistant to the Bishop. Cindy attended Ball State University and graduated with a double major in Psychology and Social Work. She received a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary and a doctorate from St. Paul School of Theology. During this time, she focused on gaining wisdom in the area of spiritual leadership. She is certified in Conflict Resolution and Restoration; Spiritual Formation and Direction; and is a facilitator for Spiritual Leadership Incorporated. Her belief in God allows her to look forward with hope, asking the question, “How can I be helpful to you as you seek to serve.”
Roscel Carandang
Roscel CarandangConference Assistant - Administration & Financial Services and Connectional Ministries
Roscel S. Carandang serves as Conference Assistant for the Annual Conference in the Administration and Financial Ministries Team. She brings with her more than 30 years of administrative experience, in addition to many years in event coordination, media coordination, Web development and design, graphic design, fund development, community organizing and ministry outreach. Always interested in making this world a better place for the growth of God’s kingdom, she volunteers and supports many local not-for-profits from women/family/homeless shelters, feeding the hungry, environmental concerns to animal rescue.
Born in the Philippines and a lifelong Hoosier, Roscel comes from a very large, close-knit Filipino family. She says she attributes her deep love for the Lord from being taught to lead a prayerful life by her grandmother and mother. She is aware that all her talents are God-given and is excited to apply them to promote ministry at the Indiana Conference in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. She lives daily by this Scripture: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Tom Heaton
Tom HeatonAssociate Director Mission + Justice
Tom is probably best known by churches in the Indiana Conference as the founder of Mission Guatemala. As an ordained Elder, Tom spent nearly a decade living and working in one of the poorest areas of Guatemala starting and growing a ministry that now serves hundreds of families every week. He brings a depth of knowledge from his personal experiences in mission work and ministry with the poor. Tom has also served as pastor of several churches throughout Indiana.
Rev. Paul Wagner
Rev. Paul WagnerAssistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries + Justice
Paul Wagner, although raised a United Methodist, first became keenly aware of God’s presence in his life while a teenager on a “Work Camp” trip to the backwoods of Kentucky during which he participated in building a log home for a young widowed mother and her baby. In working with and helping this family, who couldn’t help themselves, he experienced God’s presence in a truly tangible way and from that moment knew that the purpose God had for his life was to be in ministry beside others, serving others. Paul, an experienced pastor, has served twenty-seven years in Indiana Methodism in various capacities including, serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry and various District Committees for 16 years, as the lead planner of the Worship Service for Commissioning and Ordination at Annual Conference, and as a District Youth Director. Along with his current position as the Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Conference, Paul serves as the pastor of Edgewood UMC in Indianapolis bringing together the unique experience of local church ministry and institutional ministry. He was ordained a Deacon in 1991 and Elder in 1993. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Church History, giving him valued insight and interest in collaborating with our Conference Commission on Archives and History, along with a Masters of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. His experience, training, and personality have provided him with tremendous skills for managing details and diverse tasks, making him a meaningful part of our Conference staff. He believes that, “We are much more powerful as the people of God when we unite our resources, knowledge, and passion in ministry together.” He’s excited about being a member of our Indiana Conference Connectional Ministries Team. As a self-described baseball fanatic, Paul participates in a Fantasy Baseball League, plays softball, has coached many youth and adult softball teams, enjoys attending Indianapolis Indians games — and of course roots for the Major League Angels, “as any good Christian should”. He’s currently writing an interactive book which tests how well the reader would succeed as a baseball manager. When he’s not involved following baseball, he’s found with his wife watching movies, hiking trails and cooking – creating many of his own recipes.
Nick Yarde
Nick YardeExecutive Director - Camping + Retreats Team
Nick Yarde has a deep connection to the Camping Ministry. It was at Junior High camp that he solidified his faith. While finishing his Master’s degree in Natural Resources Agency Management at Purdue University, Nick served as a youth pastor at Battleground UMC. After brief stays at Lincoln and Turkey Run State Park, Nick returned to full-time ministry as the Director/Manager of Camp Rivervale. Prior to becoming the Association Director of Camp in the North Indiana Conference, Nick and his family were hosted at Camp Indicoso and Camp Lakewood. Currently, Nick serves as the Associate Director of Camps and Retreats Ministries. His wife, Nanette, has served along of him in each role at the various UMC camps while raising their three children.