District Services Team
Michelle is delighted to serve the Central District again through her new role and responsibilities as she invests in part-time local pastors, clergy families, and part-time congregations. Michelle says, “Our district is ‘ripe unto the harvest’ so now is the time to encourage, equip and release leaders to live into their passion for Jesus as we are the church in the world.”
Rev. Knight will serve in a part-time capacity as the Associate District Superintendent so that she can continue her spiritual writing, spiritual direction, and retreat ministries. “I am really excited about the unique blend of these two aspects of ministry as they do complement one another. Also, I hope the spiritual depth I can bring to coaching our lay and clergy leaders enriches our joint kingdom work here in the six counties we serve in the Central District.”
Michelle and her husband, Eric, have an amazing teenage daughter and two apricot mini golden-doodles. When not drinking a cup of hot tea, you can find her driving her convertible around town with ‘80’s music blaring! She will tell you that she is “…an above-average Duke Blue Devil basketball fan who enjoys dark chocolate and a good mystery book.”
Growing up in a working-class home, Russ holds deeply the values he learned in that home and strives to remember his roots. He also is very thankful for his military service, Air Force, which helped awaken him to the beauty and blessing of diversity.
A graduate of Indiana University and Christian Theological (Magna) and inducted into The International Society of Theta Phi (an honor society for theological students). Ordained in 2000, he continues to be blessed, humbled, and excited by opportunities to serve Jesus. He is most passionate about helping people unlock the story of Jesus in their faith walk.
Russ and his wife have two children, Emma and Sam.
Russ is committed to his beautiful family and looks forward to his firmly growing through two weddings (Chad and Alyssa) in the next four months.
North Central District
In his role as Conference Superintendent for Indiana United Methodist Church, North District, Saneta is driven by Isa 61 as his vocation description and passionate about influencing clergy and church leaders to use the living conditions of people in designing impactful ministries.
Dr. Maiko graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary (Ph.D.), Indiana University School of Medicine (MS clinical research) Purdue University (MS leadership), Christian Theological Seminary (STM), St. Paul’s University (BD) and Lutheran Hospital of Indiana (5 units CPE Residency). He is an ordained elder with the Indiana United Methodist Conference. He is the founder and former executive director of Crime Victim Care of Allen County, Indiana (known as Imani Family services).
Dr. Maiko has published a book and several articles in medical, leadership, chaplaincy and youth journals. He is married with four lovely children.