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Homeless Ministry Prepares Meal
KITCHEN. Satisfying the Hunger Mission Group prepares and delivers food to Indianapolis homeless and area hungry.
--Reserved--
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
WESLEY ROOM
Praise Bell Choir
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
BELL ROOM. Contact Lynn Blosser for more information.
Max on Monday
6:30 PM
WESLEY ROOM (setup at 6:00 pm)
Transforming for Tomorrow Steering Committee
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
KOINONIA ROOM.
Sanctuary Bell Choir
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
BELL ROOM. Contact Lynn Blosser for more information.
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Lead Pastor

Charlie Wilfong

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Pastor Charlie Wilfong joined the PUMC staff on July 1, 2014 as Lead Pastor. Prior to PUMC, he enjoyed the ministry of a district superintendent, shepherding and coaching pastors and congregations . After serving seven years on the district, he is glad to be serving a local congregation and preaching regularly. His passions for ministry include preaching, shepherding, prayer, leadership, and coaching church leaders and volunteers.

Charlie and his wife Donna have two beautiful daughters. Daughter Abby teaches Math and Science and lives in Jeffersonville, Indiana with her husband, Jacob Kerns. They live at the grand-childrens’ house – Bryan (10 yrs.) and Josie (1 yr.) Daughter Jessi graduated from Prosser School of Technology in Culinary Arts. She is at home in Clarksville, Indiana with Uno, the cat. The majority of the week, you can find her at Texas Roadhouse, where she is a server.

Pastor Wilfong's credentials include:

B.A. Pre-Theology, University of Evansville, 1980

Master of Divinity, Honors, Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, 1985

And his Record of Service:

Ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1987

Pastor, First UMC, Williamson, GA, 1982-1985;

Associate Pastor, Central UMC, Evansville, IN, 1985-1986;

Associate Pastor, Central UMC, Richmond, IN, 1986-1992;

Pastor, Trinity UMC, Madison, IN, 1992-1997;

Pastor, Old Capitol UMC, Corydon, IN, 1997-2002;

Senior Pastor, Greensburg UMC, Greensburg, IN, 2002-2007

District Superintendent, New Albany and South Districts, 2007-2014






Associate Pastor

Elizabeth Gilbert

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Pastor Elizabeth Gilbert brings gifts of hospitality and administration together with a passion for sharing the message of Jesus Christ at Plainfield United Methodist Church. She is the lead preacher in PUMC's contemporary worship ministry, NewDay Praise, each Sunday at 8:45 and 10:00 a.m. in the Worship Annex in Clayton Hall. She also participates in all of the regular pastoral duties (weddings, funerals, program leadership, etc.)

Elizabeth brings a passion for newcomers, welcoming ministries, and effective messaging to her position at the church, and finds a special joy in sharing that passion with other churches and congregations. Elizabeth has been on the PUMC staff since 2001.

Elizabeth's husband, Mike, works in management for AmeriGas, a national propane company. They have two adult sons - one employed in the technology field and the other in sales and management. 

Discover more about Pastor Elizabeth's primary ministry at PUMC, NewDay Praise Worship, on Facebook.






Associate Pastor

Ken Loudenback

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Ken Loudenback joined the staff of PUMC on July 1, 2015. 

Ken is a family man, married to his lovely wife Kim for over 30 years. They raised their three children Trevor, Kayte and Laura at Wesley United Methodist Church on the Westside of Indianapolis. Ken and Kim have 8 grandchildren. The family attended Wesley UMC for over thirty years and have been members for over 25. Ken had been Lay Leader at Wesley for many years and has served as faculty for the Indiana UMC Central District Lay Servant School teaching lay speaking I and II. Kim is a retired church secretary who worked at Wesley UMC.

Ken holds a BA marked with distinction from the School of Business at Indiana University with dual designations of Management and Organization and Human Resource Management. Ken answered his call to pastoral ministry officially in 2014 and is pursuing his License to Preach. Ken has preached and led worship at several Methodist Churches in the Central District these past few years. Ken has also been an active member in the Gideon Ministry for the past five years.

It is Ken’s hope to become a viable part of the ministry of Plainfield United Methodist Church serving in the ministry areas of Discipleship and Missions. Ken has many years experience leading community-based organizations (Little League Baseball and Football) and is currently President of Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Foundation. Ken is also President and Principal of Lew White Tours. He has been richly blessed and wants to return his blessing by helping others find their “Way” by shining Jesus Christ’s light of Love through Christ-like words and deeds which can be discovered in the Bible and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Ken bases his Call on Isaiah 6:8,  "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"

 






Pastor of Youth Ministries

Bob Preusch

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Bob joined the full-time staff at the Plainfield United Methodist Church in the fall of 2004 to develop and lead youth ministries. Bob began in youth ministry as a volunteer at the First United Methodist Church in Chicago, and then for many years led the youth ministries at the Northbrook United Methodist Church in northern Illinois.

Bob lives in Plainfield with his wife Diane, and they have three awesome daughters; Karen, Kimberly, and Kelly.  As a teenager growing up in Connecticut, Bob found significant enjoyment playing drums for numerous garage bands, playing football and track, going to concerts, performing with theater groups, and finding high adventure in wilderness camping and canoeing. He has great memories of retreats and week-long bike trips with his church’s youth group, and all the numerous times and places spent hanging-out with friends. Bob continues to enjoy sharing the interests and activities of youth, and he loves a good road trip.

For over twenty years Bob has served a calling to share Jesus Christ with teenagers. He focuses his gifts and experience on providing this generation of teenagers with modern worship, experiential Bible teaching, and opportunities for growth through a variety of settings that communicate the relevancy of God’s truth in their lives.

Bob has a master’s degree in business and served The United Methodist Church for many years as the Director of HealthFlex, a health benefits and insurance program that served nearly thirty thousand United Methodist clergy and employees nationwide through the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Bob currently serves as a member of the South Indiana Conference Committee on Insurance.






Director of Worship Arts | Director of Children's Ministries

Jacob Tipantasig-Wolverton

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Jacob Tipantasig-Wolverton, Director of Worship Arts | Director of Children’s Ministry,  was born and raised in Benton County, a rural area of the northwest territory of Indiana.  He first joined the staff of Plainfield United Methodist Church in September of 2009 as the Associate Director of Music until May of 2013.  He brings over 20 years of experience in directing both traditional and contemporary worship. Jacob currently resides in Avon, IN with his husband, Luis Tipantasig-Wolverton, where they have two fur babies (Sebastian & Kendall).  Jacob has served several churches throughout the midwest in children’s ministry, youth ministry & worship ministry.  Jacob returned back to PUMC as the Director of Worship Arts & Director of Children’s Ministry, spear heading the NewDay Praise Worship service as the main worship leader.

Jacob holds his Associates Degree in Biblical Studies & Bachelor of Ministries from White Horse School of Ministries in West Lafayette, IN.  Jacob then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN.  He is a versatile musicians, conductor, and educator whose performance experience breaks down barriers between audiences and genres of music.  His ability to transcend worship styles to meet each group has been a testament to his ministry.  He has gained success with each of his ensembles: concert choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, children’s choirs, handbell choirs, volunteer church choirs and praise teams, as well as musical theater.  His passion to see souls reconciled to the Lord has been seen both nationally and internationally as he has preached and led worship for worship festivals in his career.  His music draws from experiences in creative arts, choral music, contemporary Christian music, and his love for the Word of God. 

Jacob is an active private voice, piano, and music theory instructor in the community.  His desire and passion is to see this generation of musicians excel in their gifts and talents, and to find a love for music and God that will impact their lives for the future.  Jacob believes in multi-generational worship, and holds true to the teachings of Jesus that taught “let the little children come unto me...”  Jacob encourages everyone, no matter their skill level, to join the PUMC Worship Arts Ministry with a heart to worship our Lord and Savior from a place of gratitude.






Primary Organist & Choir Director

Simon Pick

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A native of the rural Midwest, Simon Pick grew up in Remsen, Iowa, where he began his studies in organ at the age of fourteen with Sr. Arnold Staudt, OSF. He graduated with honors from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, with majors in Music and Theology and upon graduation, was awarded the Sr. Joachim Holthaus Outstanding Musician Award. Simon graduated with a master’s degree in Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame where he was a student of organ under Dr. Craig Cramer and Dr. Douglas Reed and studied conducting with Dr. Nancy Menk. After a year of private study with Dr. Kimberly Marshall, Pick is now studying under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Young in the doctoral program in organ at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Pick has given solo and collaborative recitals throughout the Midwest and Southwest and has performed with collegiate and graduate performance ensembles as both accompanist and soloist in addition to serving for three years as the artistic director and continuo player for Benedictine Baroque, an ensemble he co-founded in 2012. He has performed with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Yavapai Festival Chorus, and was the assistant director and Accompanist for the Phoenix-based chamber ensemble Canticum Novum, a choral ensemble he helped to found. Pick has held various church positions starting his career as organist and choir director at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa, where he founded a sacred choral program that he directed for six years. He would later serve as an organ scholar at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. As a pedagogue, he has held the positions of youth organ instructor at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert, AZ, and served as a faculty member of the 2018 POE hosted by the Central Arizona chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Simon lives in Bloomington, IN, where in addition to his studies, he enjoys cooking, painting, and being outdoors.

Learn more about the Music Ministry of PUMC here.






Interim Staff Accompanist

Geneva Stonecipher-Overbaugh

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PUMC is pleased to welcome Mrs. Geneva Stonecipher-Overbaugh to the music staff for the 2018 fall semester. Mrs. Stonecipher-Overbaugh is a graduate who earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance for piano studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Music for organ at the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organ performance at the Jacob’s School of Music. Mrs. Overbaugh has participated in events such as the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy in 2014, Sacred Music Intensive Workshop in 2017 and Montreat Music Festival in 2017. Some of her accomplishments include winning the Dean Piano Award Competition for the Georgia Federation of Music Clubs in 2013, the 2016 Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Auditions, the Encouragement Incentive Award of the 2016 Pro-Mozart Society Scholarship Auditions and the 2016 Hodgson School of Music Concerto Competition. Through the AGO Atlanta Chapter Organ Scholarship Auditions, Mrs. Overbaugh has received numerous scholarships including the first Bunn Scholarship in 2015. Mrs. Overbaugh served as the church music intern at First Presbyterian Church in Athens, GA under the leadership of Dr. John Coble from Fall 2016- Spring 2017 and Music Director and Organist at Commerce Presbyterian Church 2017-2018.






Bell Choir Director

Lynn Blosser

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Lynn Blosser joined the PUMC staff in 2017 as the Bell Choir Director. PUMC Chancel Bells and shares the leadership of the Friday morning Bible study. She is thrilled to be able to give leadership to the three PUMC Bell Choirs and credits this opportunity to God’s leading.

Lynn has taught Bible studies, Sunday School classes, children’s choirs, youth choirs, adult choirs, handbell choirs, musicals and dramas throughout her career. She is known for starting groups where there were none and making musicians of persons who had no prior experience in music. She is a certified lay speaker and has been called upon to preach on many occasions.

Lynn Blosser grew up in a musical household. Her mother was a church choir director and her father was a tenor in a Gospel quartet.  She and her five siblings all took piano lessons, played a musical instrument and at one time or another sang in their mother’s church choir.  But perhaps more than her siblings, Lynn loved her church and the music of the church.  Stricken with an illness at fourteen months old and not fully diagnosed until she was seven, her church family and her love of music was her joy. Today she would say that her Rheumatoid Arthritis was a gift because it brought her close to God and that music was the avenue that God used to lead her down her life’s path and help her make a difference in the lives of others.

Lynn graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and flute.  She was sent out by the University of Indianapolis and Christian Theological Seminary to work with youth in the United Methodist Camping program for six years.  From there she accepted the position of Music and Drama director of the Fort Wayne Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. It was at that church that she met, and later married, the late Pastor Ted Blosser and served seven congregations in northern Indiana as a pastor’s wife, teacher and musician.

Lynn is a proud mother of Dr. Daniel C. Blosser, director of music at Christ Church United Methodist Church in Louisville and his wife Susan Blosser who is also a music teacher.  Lynn’s two grandsons, Drew and Ben are lovers of music, too.

Learn more about PUMC's Music Ministry and the PUMC Bell Choirs here.

 






Communication Specialist

Eiric Shriner

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Office Manager

Brent Miller

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Following a long tenure as a classical music radio announcer and school music accompanist, Brent Miller joined the PUMC staff as Office Manager in May of 2015.  He looks forward to serving in new and exciting ways as the church grows in faith and action!

Brent is a graduate of Columbus North High School, and earned degrees from the University of Indianapolis and Ball State University.  He also boasts an impressive collection of Monopoly™ games and accessories.  His wife, Jenny, is a 7th grade math teacher at Brownsburg West Middle School, and his son, Jonathan, is a student and band member at Brownsburg High School.  Brent and his family reside in Brownsburg, where they enjoy church and school activities, as well as hosting their now-legendary fondue parties!






Financial Administrator

Rebecca Blackwelder

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Facilities Manager

Steve Manning

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As Facilities Manager, Steve is responsible for the care and upkeep of PUMC’s building, grounds, and vehicles. Cleanliness is priority, as is safety and proper maintenance. Steve works with a staff of two custodians to keep PUMC an attractive, welcoming, safe place to worship and serve.

Steve has 45 years of experience in management, and owning and operating businesses. He joined the PUMC staff in July 2016.

Steve has been married to his wife, Pat, for 47 years. They are both members of PUMC. Their adult daughter and her family are also members at PUMC.

Steve plays guitar and sings. He has traveled the country with his own band, and still performs regularly.  He has played with Bobby Helms (check out Bobby’s “Jingle Bell Rock” track) and The Lettermen, and has performed for David Letterman.  He is also an accomplished artist with a special interest in the Indy 500.

Discover more about Steve’s love for all things Indy 500 on Facebook.






Weekday Children's Director

Sigrid Schuld

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Sigrid Schuld began serving as the Weekday Children’s Director in 2001 when her own children were enrolled in the programs. As director of PUMC's Play ‘N Share and Preschool, Sigrid created the Stay ‘N Play program in 2007 to provide care for the entire day for working parents.  Weekday Programs are for children ages one through Pre-Kindergarten. Learn more about these Weekday Programs here.

Sigrid and her husband, Steven, have a son and a daughter, Ryan and Rachel.  Steven works for Ingredion Incorporated as Procurement Manager for North America.  Ryan attends Indiana University and Rachel attends Butler University.

Sigrid’s passion is to provide a second home for young children where they feel loved and can learn to socialize, become more independent, get prepared for Kindergarten, and grow in the love of Christ. 






Director of Out of School Program (Kids Connection)

Carissa Wooden

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Carissa loves to teach and provide for the children of this community. As Director of PUMC's Kids Connection (Out of School) Program, Carissa is responsible for all aspects of this program that provides care, academic support, and supervision for Plainfield students grades K-5 before and after school during the school year and all day during school breaks. Carissa works with a caring staff to provide fun and safe activities, tutoring and homework help, healthy snacks, as well as field trips and learning enrichment experiences.

After receiving her Bachelors in Elementary Education in 2005 and working many years in the public-school system, Carissa found “her home” working at PUMC as a Pre-K teacher in 2013. She became the Director of Kids Connection in May of 2017 while continuing to teach Pre-K.

Not only does Carissa have a passion for teaching she also has two children of her own.  Cash and Laya both attend Van Buren Elementary, the same school she and her husband, Brandon Wooden, attended.  Brandon has worked as a HVAC tech for Vasey Commercial heating and air for 20 years. Brandon and Carissa were both born and raised in Plainfield and enjoy raising and coaching their own children in many sports right here in the community.

Working with children has always been Carissa's call and she loves to watch them grow academically and spiritually. She feels great comfort in knowing that parents put their trust in her to provide care and education for their children here at PUMC.

Learn more about Kids Connection here.






Employment

Available Positions

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Plainfield United Methodist Church is seeking to fill the following positions:


Choir Director/Primary Organist (part-time)

The ideal candidate will have a visible and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ displayed in his/her leadership of an established adult choir and in their leadership of the church’s music for the Classic Worship Ministry.

Expectations include leading and encouraging existing adult choir; directing rehearsals (1 weekly, 9 months per year); being responsible for worship music for Classic Worship every Sunday (8:45 and 10:00 a.m.), collaborating with Music Director and other staff to develop meaningful and effective worship that continues to grow in scope and excellence. Please see job description for complete list of expectations.

(Find pipe organ specifications here)

The ideal candidate will be familiar with all aspects of Protestant Worship and display an understanding of worship needs in the local church. He/she will be proficient in playing the pipe organ, have experience directing adult choirs, and be skilled at planning and executing all aspects of Classic Worship music.

Candidates must demonstrate spiritual character and maturity, passion for Christ and their ministry, enthusiasm, vision, versatility, effective communication and administration skills and teamwork in the leadership of an established and growing Classic Worship Ministry.

To apply, please send resume, completed application, rehearsal video (video of you rehearsing an adult choir), worship video (video of you playing organ and directing a choir in a worship setting), and salary requirements to jobs@pumc.org. Completed applications received by January 1, 2019, will be given priority consideration.


Kids Connection (Out of School Program) Positions Available

Morning Teacher/Driver:
For this part-time, paid position, applicant must be 21 years of age or older, possess a valid driver’s license (do not need CDL), and pass a criminal background check.  On Monday through Friday when school is in session the task is to supervise children as they play quietly before school and then transport children to the Plainfield Elementary Schools using a church-owned vehicle. Hours are 6:30-9 a.m. To apply, send resume to Director Carissa Wooden at kidsconnection@pumc.org.
 
 
Afternoon Teacher/Driver:
For this part-time, paid position, applicant must be 21 years of age or older, possess a valid driver’s license (do not need CDL), and pass a criminal background check.  On Monday through Friday when school is in session the task is to pick up children at Plainfield Elementary Schools using a church-owned vehicle, transport them to Plainfield United Methodist Church, and supervise their study and play time. Hours are 3-5:30 p.m. To apply, send resume to Director Carissa Wooden at kidsconnection@pumc.org.
 
 
 

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