District Teams

Central District

Jim Bushfield
Jim BushfieldConference Superintendent - Central District
Jim Bushfield is a Conference Superintendent serving the Central District of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. Jim feels called to this ministry of guiding and supporting local congregations and leaders, lay, and clergy, in ministry in their communities – growing disciples, and changing the world. Jim has been an ordained elder serving only in Indiana his entire ministry. He has served local congregations ranging from 15 to 1,500 and then was called to conference-level leadership where he continues to serve today. Jim feels his gifts have enabled him to lead leaders, and, in that way, multiplies the missional impact of the church.
Robin Brown
Robin BrownAssoc. Superintendent/Conf. Assistant - Central District
Robin Brown began her career in the United Methodist Church as a volunteer in the communications department at a local church office, filling in for the office manager’s extended vacation. Nine years and a certification in Church Business Administration later, she moved from St. Louis, MO to Bloomington, IN where she served as the Church Administrator at FUMC. During that time, Robin oversaw a six million dollar capital campaign and a substantial building and renovation effort. After an opportunity to move into non-profit management, Robin left the church environment and completed ten years of executive management at two different non-profit organizations, leading strategic change as well as financial and program expansion. “Returning to the United Methodist Church has been gratifying in a whole new way,” Robin says. As an Associate Conference Superintendent in the Central District, as well as a Conference Assistant, caring for 110 churches as they carry out the ministry of administration, fulfills her. Robin’s passion is her large blended family of seven adult children and 18 grandchildren, all of whom live out of state from the east coast to west coast. In addition to traveling with her husband to spend time with the family, she loves gardening, decorating, entertaining and reading, and she hasn’t met a grammatical error she wouldn’t love to correct.
Bob Coleman
Bob ColemanAssociate Superintendent - Central District
After serving in full-time appointment for 39 years, Bob Coleman has served as Associate Conference Superintendent for Central District of the Indiana Conference United Methodist Church since 2011. Prior experience as Conference Council Director, District Superintendent, senior pastor, and associate pastor gives Bob experience and knowledge to help those experiencing the call to professional ministry. Bob also focuses on part-time churches. Bob received a Bachelor’s from UIndy, Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, and Master’s of Elementary Education at Wright State University. Bob currently serves as Trustee for United Theological Seminary, Chair of Board of Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Style Community and is a member of the board of Otterbein Corporation. Bob married Joyce Marie Frankhauser in 1968 and enjoys having a family of two adult daughters and four grandchildren. Bob and Joyce continue to be amazed at God’s creation and seek to portray this creation through photography.
Julie Query
Julie QueryAdministrative Assistant - Central District
Julie Query is the Administrative Assistant for the Central District of the United Methodist Churches of Indiana. She has spent the majority of her career in the customer service industry, gaining experiences in areas such as communications and event planning. While administration is her primary job function by day, Julie is also getting her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Butler University and sings professionally with Indianapolis Opera. She also performs in concerts and at churches in the greater Indianapolis area!
Charlie Rownd
Charlie RowndAssociate Superintendent - Central District
Charlie Rownd serves asan Associate Conference Superintendent for the Central District for the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, focusing on Security and Loss Prevention. Prior to his time with the Conference, Charlie spent 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation retiring in April 2012. During his time with the FBI, Charlie supervised the White Collar Crime program, the Safe Street Task Force program, and the Field Intelligence Group program all while assigned to the Indianapolis Division. In 2009, Charlie was designated the FBI’s case agent for the 2012 Super Bowl held in Indianapolis. In his current role with the Conference, Charlie provides guidance and training in the areas of security, loss prevention, and risk analysis, both at the Conference level and in local churches. He informs of security best practices, conducts site reviews, develops security plans, and ensures that internal and external controls are met.

East District

Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright
Rev. Dr. Aleze FulbrightConference Superintendent - East District
Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. She is a person of conviction in living a personal mission to encourage, equip, and empower all people to live on purpose and live out their God-giveness. Dr. Aleze’s greatest joy in life is her son, Myron Fisher Jr., who is a Middle School Math Educator and Basketball Coach in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally, she enjoys fellowshipping with family and friends, while also connecting with the community through her civic and sorority involvement.
Paulette Spicer
Paulette SpicerConference Assistant - East District
Paulette Spicer joined Indiana Conference of the United Methodists Church as a Conference Assistant for the East District in June of 2018 – working in the Indiana Conference Center located in Indianapolis. A seasoned senior executive assistant, Paulette recently retired from Biotechnology at Eli Lilly and Company Corporate Center in Indianapolis with 25 years of service. Paulette is an Indiana native, and an alumnus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. She enjoys family, yoga, and working in various church ministries, specifically areas of music, bible study, audiovisual, outreach to young women, children and families. Paulette’s favorite scripture: The Lord is my Light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – whom shall I dread. Psalm 27:1.

North Central District

Chris Nunley
Chris NunleyConference Superintendent - North Central District
Chris Nunley is a follower of the Way of Jesus Christ, a husband, dad, Pops (Grandpa), and friend, but also a reader, learner, teacher, and risk-taker. A life-long United Methodist from Lapel, Indiana, Chris has served from the far North (Valparaiso/Crown Point) to Central (Kokomo) to far south (Newburgh/Evansville) and is currently back in his home area in the North Central District. Besides pastoring large churches, Chris has served camping ministry, provided district leadership, led conference teams, consulted churches, and led capital campaigns (both local and state-wide), but his passion is to encourage pastors and churches to fully live out the mission of Jesus Christ in risk-taking and life-giving ways. Chris loves to spend time with his wife of over 36 years on their ongoing adventures including hiking, cruising, State Parks, the Holy Land, and especially their 6 grandkids. Additionally, Chris is also a media junkie who enjoys think news, talk radio, reading newspapers, watching movies, and indulging in a bit of reality TV.
Gregory Enstrom
Gregory EnstromAssociate Superintendent - North Central District
Greg Enstrom is a life-long United Methodist, serving 35 years in parish ministry in rural, small town, county seat, and metropolitan churches. His love for Jesus Christ is evident in the relational manner by which he engages people. He is very much a people person, always looking for and finding the good in others. He views everyone he meets as a person of sacred worth. Greg celebrates the rich diversity present in God’s creation, as well as the unity Christ brings to the broad theological spectrum represented in The United Methodist Church. “Think and let think, if your heart is as Jesus’ heart, take my hand.” Greg chaired the Board of Ordained Ministry of the former North Indiana Conference three of the eleven years he served on the board. He retired from full-time parish ministry at the 2017 Annual Conference and began serving the North Central District as an Associate District Superintendent. Greg and his wife, Lynn, have been married 41 years and have three adult children – Peter, Grace and Claire (Nick) Madison. Greg and Lynn enjoy being near and spending time with their grandson, James Madison.
Lamar Imes
Lamar ImesAssociate Superintendent - North Central District
Lamar L. Imes is currently serving as an Associate Conference Superintendent in the North Central and Northwest Districts. Lamar began serving churches as a student at Taylor University. He has served two point charges, county seat churches, and large churches in the Indiana Conference. He previously served as the District Superintendent of the Elkhart, Michiana, and Fort Wayne Districts, in the former Northern Indiana Conference. He is married to Joan and they have two children and seven grandchildren.
Becky Rees
Becky ReesConference Assistant - North Central District
Becky Rees was first employed with North Indiana Conference in November 1973, shortly after graduating from Marion High School. Over the years, she has worked full-time, part-time, or on-call for the Conference and took some time off to raise twin daughters and a son. Her husband, David, is the son of deceased United Methodist clergy, Howard Rees. They have seven grandchildren. She attends and is a member at Mt. Olive UMC in Marion. Many evenings she works out at the YMCA or walks in her neighborhood to try and stay fit. She and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

North District

Larry Whitehead
Larry WhiteheadConference Superintendent - North District
Larry Whitehead is in his sixth year as Conference Superintendent assigned to the North District, and has also served for two years as Dean of the Appointive Cabinet. Bringing a strong emphasis on missional strategy, Larry offers a consistent message to churches and pastors to abandon survival efforts for the church and to instead, discover vitality in a focus on giving ourselves away to connect people to the message of Jesus Christ. (Mark 8:35) He is also committed to his work as a member of the Bishop’s Operational Team. While energized for ministry as a Conference leader, Larry loves to recharge by traveling and kayaking with his wife Susan and sharing family activities with the families of their 5 adult children including 2 grandsons.
Paul Arnold
Paul ArnoldAssociate Superintendent - North District
Paul Arnold serves part-time as an Associate Conference Superintendent in the North District working with churches and pastors in the Central Time Zone of Northwest Indiana. Paul has been a member of the Indiana Conference for forty-two years and officially retired from full-time pastoral ministry in 2014. He has pastored churches of various sizes with worship attendance from 50 to 500 and has a passion for churches to fulfill their missional calling with an emphasis on justice ministry. Paul is also a consultant with Church Growth Services which assists congregations conducting capital campaigns. Paul lives on the shore of Lake Michigan with the sound of water constantly in his head and putting him to sleep at night. He has taken up kayaking and attempts to paddle board. His wife JoAnn, two grown children and their families with his four grandchildren, keep him enthused for life.
Jan Fager
Jan FagerConference Assistant - North District
Since 2007, Jan Fager has used her gifts and talents to serve the local churches, pastors, and district team members of 3 different districts within the Indiana Conference and former Northern Indiana Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Her love of Christ, attention to detail, ability to connect with others, willingness to help, and knowledge of information accrued over her tenure, has benefited many. Beyond the office, Jan enjoys time with her family including her dogs and is an accomplished musician and quilter.
Norm Glassburn
Norm GlassburnAssociate Superintendent - North District
Norman Glassburn is an Associate Conference Superintendent in the North District. He was in full-time ministry for thirty-six years and has been retired for 16 years. Norm enjoys being an interim pastor and has filled over six interim positions. Norm loves to ride the rails and has been on Amtrak trains all over the United States, VIA Rail in Canada, and High-Speed Rail in Europe. Norm is a model railroader and has had some very exciting and enjoyable train layouts. A father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he loves his family!
Vickie Van Nevel
Vickie Van NevelAssociate Superintendent - North District
Vickie Van Nevel is currently serving as Associate Conference Superintendent in the North District and is the Senior Pastor at South Bend Northwest UMC. Prior to answering her call to ordained ministry, Vickie worked as a Registered Nurse and Outpatient Surgery Director for a hospital in South Bend. This previous work experience has been helpful in her ministry as a second career pastor. Vickie encourages others to discover the love that God has for us. That no matter who we are or what we have done in our past—we are loved. Additionally, Vickie serves as a member of the North District Operational team to help North District Churches “BE” the church. Vickie enjoys traveling with friends and photography. She loves animals but especially her 4 miniature schnauzers and miniature dachshund.

Northeast District

Dave Neckers
Dave NeckersConference Superintendent - Northeast District
Dave Neckers serves the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church as the Conference Superintendent of the Northeast District. Dave brings to this position forty years of experience as a business owner, counselor, life coach, executive pastor, and church developer. In his previous position as Director of Church Development, he led a team that consulted and coached pastors and lay leaders in church revitalization and the planting of new faith communities. As a Superintendent, Dave is invigorated by discovering where God is at work and then assisting in bringing that work to fruition. This fulfills his passion to discover, develop, and deploy leaders so that God’s Kingdom is present on earth, just as it is in heaven. Dave received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. For 9 years he invested his energy in a Ford Dealership where he became partner and owner. However, God was at work in his heart leading he and his wife, Darlene, into various ministry opportunities as laity in their local church. Once God’s call was clear, Dave attended Asbury Theological Seminary earning a Master’s of Divinity degree in 1989 and a Master’s of Pastoral Counseling in 1990. Upon graduation, he received his first appointment in the United Methodist Church as a pastoral counselor and was later ordained an Elder in 1995. Dave has been married for forty-one years to his high school sweetheart, Darlene. Together they have two adult children, Jeremy and Shannon, and have three beautiful grandchildren. Dave is a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Ball State University football team. He likes to watch a good suspense-filled movie. He also enjoys landscaping, taking care of his lawn, flower gardens, and those DIY projects around the house. Darlene and Dave’s most favorite activity is spending time with their amazing grandchildren.
Sherry Fulbright
Sherry FulbrightConference Assistant - Northeast District
Sherry Fulbright has had a lifelong relationship with the Methodist/United Methodist Church beginning as a child and youth, actively participating in local church activities and Senior High Institute. She was a pastor’s spouse for 30+ years at several churches in the former Northern Indiana Conference and worked in the late 1990’s for the former Fort Wayne District. Sherry has been quite active in various types of church activities and ministries locally, district-wide, and Conference-wide. Sherry currently works as a Conference Assistant in the Northeast District of the Indiana Conference and has done so for over eleven years. Outside of work, Sherry spends time being a caregiver for an elderly relative. Additionally, she enjoys doing gardening, crafting, scrap-booking and liturgical dance. Sherry continues to be active in volunteering for various non-profit ministries and agencies and is a member of several community groups.
Kathie Jones
Kathie JonesAssociate Superintendent - Northeast District
Kathie Jones’ ministry began as a second career, and after raising 3 children. She has grown in leadership and organizational skills, as well as her ability to creatively work through difficult circumstances. Currently, Kathie is the Associate Conference Superintendent in the Northeast District where she connects and supports part-time local congregations and local pastors. Kathie is proud to call Fort Wayne her home.

Northwest District

Rev. Lore Blinn Gibson
Rev. Lore Blinn GibsonConference Superintendent - Northwest District
Rev. Lore Blinn Gibson met Jesus as in infant, carried by her parents to be baptized at Star City [United] Methodist Church, where she began her ministry by playing piano and working with children. There she was trained to think outside the box, work hard, and be a team player. Experiences in marching band, choirs, and teaching middle schoolers were the doors God used to invite her into pastoral ministry. After working with local pastors on several District Committee on Ministries and teaching Course of Study, Lore developed a passion for equipping and empowering licensed local pastors and small churches to do whatever it takes to follow the Spirit in transforming lives to become more and more like Jesus. When not driving around the Northwest District in her blue super-mobile, Lore maybe found painting, walking the family dog (Kitty), trying to coax interesting plant life out of the Lafayette clay,learning about and creating art, and history. She’s a proud Winamac Warrior, Indiana State Sycamore, Duke Blue Devil, and adopted Lafayette Jefferson Broncho and above all, a grateful United Methodist who highly values the connection. Lore married Randy, who currently works in medical research for Cook and teaches college ethics. They are the parents of Maia, a UIndy student and soon-to-be teacher, and James, a student at Lafayette Jefferson High School.
Megan Clark
Megan ClarkConference Assistant - Northwest District
Megan Clark was born and raised a United Methodist in the church her parents helped build – Faith Community United Methodist Church in West Chester, Ohio. She remembers, even from a young age, being fascinated by how she, a young girl in West Chester, Ohio, could be connected to and help with churches’ ministries and missions in the towns around her, in other states, or even around the world. Now, as an adult, the connectional system is by far one of Megan’s favorite things about being a United Methodist. She feels blessed to have a job where she gets to experience and encourage that connection every day. Serving as a Conference Assistant in the Northwest District while living in the Southwest District, part of her job is to find ways to connect the different areas of our Indiana Conference to each other and to the world! Megan’s husband, Jim, is an Elder in the Southwest District appointed to the community of Evansville, serving at Aldersgate UMC. They have three daughters. Jamie is the oldest and is exploring a call to be a Deacon in The United Methodist Church. Josie is a nursing student who has felt God calling her to care for His people through nursing. And Jenna is studying to be an entrepreneur and hopes to one day own a mobile dog grooming business to care for God’s furry four-legged creatures.
Lamar Imes
Lamar ImesAssociate Superintendent - Northwest District
Lamar L. Imes is currently serving as an Associate Conference Superintendent in the North Central and Northwest Districts. Lamar began serving churches as a student at Taylor University. He has served two point charges, county seat churches, and large churches in the Indiana Conference. He previously served as the District Superintendent of the Elkhart, Michiana, and Fort Wayne Districts, in the former Northern Indiana Conference. He is married to Joan and they have two children and seven grandchildren.
John Randall
John RandallAssociate Superintendent - Northwest District
John is a Purdue graduate that, during basketball season, you can find in Mackey arena. John and his wife, Marsha, have 3 children and two grandchildren. He comments that, “this grandparent gig is fantastic.” As of recent, he finished training for and completed a certification to become an ICF ACC coach. As an ADS in the Northwest District, he has had the opportunity to use his passion for coaching to help pastors and churches build and strengthen relationships.

South District

Rev. Gary Schaar
Rev. Gary SchaarConference Superintendent - South District
Gary Schaar is in his fortieth year of ordained ministry. During those years Gary has served in Indiana as a choir director of a large congregation, as an associate pastor, and as the pastor off our additional congregations of varying sizes. Gary was a member of the Conference staff for eight years and is currently the Conference Superintendent for the South District of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. As a member of the Conference staff, Gary was appointed to be the conflict manager and staff mediator for the Conference. Gary ministered in that position for over five years as he worked with UM congregations across southern Indiana to understand and hopefully resolve, differences within their congregations. He coached congregations to practice loving, respectful, dialogue and encouraging critical conversation. Gary was trained in conflict management at Speed Leas of the Alban Institute and from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. Along the way, he earned his certificate in mediation. Gary received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville on an Interim Ministry track. Gary has taught New Testament in the Indiana Course of Study for local pastors in the Indiana Conference. He has also taught United Methodist Polity at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Gary is married to his wonderful wife, Joyce. Together they have two daughters, one son-in-law, and the cutest, smartest, most handsome grandson, Gary has ever laid eyes on.
Douglas Finney
Douglas FinneyAssociate Superintendent - South District
Douglas S. Finney began his ministry in the former Southern Indiana Conference in 1975. Finney served as a student pastor for the Liberty/Freeport Charge in Shelby County, Indiana. While serving there, he completed his Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary. Currently, Douglas is working to establish a Cooperative Parish in the French Lick-West Baden area, and also serves an Associate Conference Superintendent for the South District under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gary Schaar. Throughout this ministerial journey, Douglas has served as District Youth Coordinator, worked on Conference level Church Development, was chair of the former Bloomington District Superintendency Committee, and Church Location and Building Committees. What stands out the most through all these various committees is Finney’s passion for encouragement and sharing Christ’s love for all. Forty-three years of active ministry have allowed Finney to share that experience with younger pastors and those who are new to pastoral ministry. It is a joy for him. Finney’s interest outside of pastoral ministry would include raising a large vegetable garden each season. From the harvest of that garden, Finney and his wife Margaret enjoy home canning. Additionally, Douglas is an active classic car enthusiast. He owns a classic 1968 Plymouth Fury III and a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette which brings a lot of joy. Finney has worked for the last two years at the MECUM Classic Car Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Southeast District

Beverly Perry
Beverly PerryConference Superintendent - Southeast District
Beverly Peery serves as the Conference Superintendent in the Southeast District, which spans from Bloomington to Lawrenceburg, Rushville to Madison, and all the beautiful country in between. Beverly has served as a pastor for over thirty-three years in churches in Indianapolis, Evansville, New Palestine, and Edwardsville. She loves encouraging pastors and hearing about glory sightings in local churches. Bev has been experiencing growth and has developed a heart for issues surrounding justice. Her concern and discernment have culminated in taking action for all of God’s children. Bev has three incredible granddaughters (10, 4, and 2) that delight her daily and keep her laughing.
Becky Huff-Cook
Becky Huff-CookAssociate Superintendent and Conference Assistant - Southeast District
Becky Huff-Cook began her ministry as a Conference Assistant over thirty-five years ago. She has spent the majority of her time in the Columbus/Southeast District. Becky truly enjoys the relational part of her position. That joy has enabled her to build relationships with persons all around the Southeast District.Becky loves bikes and always is found with a book in her possession.The proud grandmother of twenty-three grandchildren, Becky is looking forward to her retirement in Florida with her husband, Greg.

Southwest District

Rev. Mitch Gieselman
Rev. Mitch GieselmanConference Superintendent - Southwest District
Rev. Mitchell C. (Mitch) Gieselman has served churches across the Indiana Conference in various capacities since 1974; including Evansville Old North, Rushville St. Paul’s, New Castle First, Plainfield, Hanover, Mt. Vernon First, and Evansville Aldersgate UMC. Mitch has lived in six of the eleven Southwest District counties and was once employed in a seventh. In other words, he’s no stranger in Southwest District where he is assigned as the Conference Superintendent. While his energies focus on being the Chief Missional Strategist of the district, he does so through the particular lens of justice, having been intensively engaged in justice ministries and interfaith dialogue over the past decade. When the demands of being a part of the Extended Cabinet team allow, Mitch escapes into his preferred pastimes of golf, fishing, reading, crossword puzzles, watching baseball, and camping. He is also an avid follower of John and Charles Wesley’s footsteps all over the world. Additionally, he is involved in campus life at the University of Evansville and has lectured, taught in adult education courses, and volunteered in numerous capacities, and served as Chapter Counselor for Sigma Phi Epsilon, a social fraternity for male students. Gieselman received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Evansville in 1978 and Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in 1981. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Tamara K. Gieselman, also an Elder in the Indiana Conference. The couple has three adult children: son, Cory Gieselman; and daughter, Dana (Lucious) Wagner who live in Evansville and both work for Old National Bank; and son, Jordan (Jennifer) Gieselman, a graphic designer who lives in Bowling Green, KY. The Gieselmans also have five grandchildren: Sydney, Rhyan, Sophie, Malik, and Hakeem who reside in Evansville.
Joy Ahlemeyer
Joy AhlemeyerConference Assistant - Southwest District
Knowing the personal pain of not having access to resources, Joy Ahlemeyer has a passion for connecting people to people, people to resources, and ultimately, people to God. Her love for Jesus Christ and His kingdom has found her serving in multiple roles within the United Methodist Church as a camp counselor, camp co-director, supply pastor, youth director, clergy spouse, and Conference Assistant. When not working in her current role as Conference Assistant, you will find her teaching a child piano or harp, taking her grand kids – both biological and the adopted neighborhood kids – on Fun Friday adventures to children’s museums, Sky Zone, Inflatable Factories, orchards, and more. Throughout these unique ministries, Joy leads children towards the excitement of exploring God’s world and learning how much he loves them.
Randy Anderson
Randy AndersonAssociate Superintendent - Southwest District
Randy Anderson serves as the Associate Director of Church Development and Associate District Superintendent for the Southwest District. He has been an ordained elder in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1985. During his tenure, Randy pastored in local churches until 2016 when he was appointed to the Conference staff. Randy works directly with the Church Development team, primarily focusing on redevelopment of smaller congregations. Randy and his wife Julie have 4 adult sons, a daughter by marriage, and two wonderful grandchildren (a boy and girl) who light up his world. Randy loves to travel, fish, and watch sports with his boys.

West District

John Groves
John GrovesConference Superintendent - West District
John Groves fell in love with Jesus Christ as a sophomore in high school. While in college he began serving two small churches in southern Indiana. He brings a desire to build relationships, hear faith stories, and help others to encounter Jesus. John participated in many building projects to remodel churches. He initiated a virtual district office in the Indiana Conference. He enjoys computers and tech gadgets. His wife, Debbie, is a School Corporation Treasurer. He and Debbie have twin sons, Adam and Aaron. His favorite learning statement is “Lord, help me navigate the ambiguity of life with integrity, authenticity, and passion.”
John Davis
John DavisAssociate Superintendent - West District
John Davis is an Associate Conference Superintendent serving in the West District. He’s passionate about building relationships with both pastors and laity in congregations and views himself as a pastor to and for those serving in less than full-time appointments. Previously, he served for 31 years as an Elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. In his time away from district responsibilities, he spends one week a year in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, conducting a Bible study with Haitian men. John has been doing mission work in Haiti for 20 years. He also volunteers aboard USS LST325, a World War II ship, docked in Evansville, Indiana. The ship’s mission is to go to cities and communities along inland waterways. As a floating museum and time capsule, the ship allows people to step aboard to tour what once landed men and supplies on the beaches of Normandy during World War II. John and his wife Irma, a licensed marriage and family therapist, love to travel. They also enjoy spending time with their two daughters and families, including four grandchildren.
Katie Swisher
Katie SwisherConference Assistant - West District
Katie Swisher has worked with the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2007. Beginning with the Indianapolis East District in the former Southern Indiana Conference, and now with the West District. Katie enjoys the fact that every day is a little different, and appreciates the opportunity to be in ministry in this administrative role. Katie especially enjoys when she has the opportunity to dabble in graphic arts, writing, and event planning. She was instrumental in designing and implementing the new charge conference reporting system. She is always interested in finding new and better ways to get things done and is almost always willing to try something at least once. Katie is from Indianapolis and was raised in a loud, loving, musical family. She loves photography, cooking, music, and reading, and always enjoys getting together with friends. Katie is married to Matt, an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She serves on the leadership team for Thrive, the INUMC clergy spouse and family ministry. Katie and Matt have two curly-headed, blonde, delicious, miracle children named Hannah and Henry. The Swisher family enjoys spending time outside, baseball, taking walks, swimming, and watching hours upon hours of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.