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Knit For Kids Mission Project
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
KOINONIA ROOM. This group of knitting, crocheting and sewing enthusiasts meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month to create sweaters, quilts and crib blankets for children all over the world.
More Than Conquerors
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
ROOM 200. Rehearsal times are scheduled most Wednesdays when school is in session. Contact Bob Preusch for up-to-date schedule. (bpreusch@pumc.org)
Connection Point High School Youth Bible Study
6:00 PM
Home of Youth Pastor Bob Preusch.
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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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Elizabeth Gilbert brings gifts of hospitality and administration together with a passion for sharing the message of Jesus Christ at Plainfield United Methodist Church.

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

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 is the weekly preaching pastor in NewDay Praise Worship each Sunday at 9:50 in the Worship Annex in Clayton Hall.


Associate Pastor

Ken Loudenback

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Ken Loudenback joined the staff of PUMC on July 1, 2015, taking on the role of Associate Director. 

Ken is a family man, married to his lovely wife Kim for nearly 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 has 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 Organizations 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 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 Children's Ministry

Amanda Norton

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Director of Out of School Program (Kids Connection)

Carissa Wooden

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Children's Weekday Director

Sigrid Schuld

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Sigrid directs all of the church's weekday early childhood programs for children ages 1 - Pre-K, which includes Play N' Share, Stay N' Play, and the Preschool.


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!


Communications

Eiric Shriner

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Director of Music

Michael Pettry

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Michael Pettry, Director of Music, has served at Plainfield United Methodist Church since 2004. His tenure at the church includes creation of a community concert series, newly commissioned musical works and international debuts, renovation of the chancel space to accommodate a wide array of musical styles, and installation of the new, 4-manual, 49-rank pipe organ.

Music plays a special role in worship and overall lifestyle at Plainfield United Methodist Church. Ensembles at PUMC include the 40-voice Adult Choir, the Summer Chorus (which sings lighter music from June through August), the Praise Team, three mixed-generation bell choirs, bi-annual festival or chests, the Summer Instrumental Consort, a Gospel Quartet, a Mixed Quartet, and the Chancel Octet focusing on early-music and contemporary repertoire for advanced singers. Further, Pettry oversees creative elements of worship outside of music including visual and performing arts, creative and innovative engagement tools, and weekly scholarly research to broaden the congregation’s understanding of music and worship.

A congregation with a “commitment to serving to children of Plainfield,” the Plainfield United Methodist Church building is available for children/youth concerts and recitals at no charge. It is our goal to be a space for the community to gather, creating music and building meaningful relationships through the arts.

Completed in 2016, the sanctuary pipe organ is a 4-manual, 49-rank instrument built by Reynolds and Associates. With a tonal design nodding to the musical genius of E. M. Skinner and the symphonic sound, the instrument leads weekly worship at three Classic Worship services in the sanctuary. The sanctuary also includes a 7-foot Kawaii grand piano. Piano and pipe organ lessons are offered through the church.

Beyond Plainfield United Methodist Church, Pettry also serves as the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Founded in 1937, the 200-voice chorus reaches more than 30,000 persons annually through performances, educational initiatives, radio and television broadcasts (PBS), a diverse discography including the recent release of Zabur on the Naxos music label. Further, he has presented domestic and international concert tours, and produced at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Pettry holds a Bachelor of Music degree in pipe organ performance from Ball State University, and the Master of Music from Butler University. He serves as guest lecturer at Butler University. He has presented at national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is a panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators. He was named a 2015 Creative Renewal Fellow by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to travel the United States and France exploring notable pipe organs and cathedrals, and was named to the Stanley K. Lacy Class XLI in 2016. 


NewDay Praise Worship Leader

Michael Norton

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Michael grew up in a family of musicians and music has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Right out of high school he began leading worship for churches and Christian events. His musical experience spans traditional hymns, bluegrass and gospel music, and contemporary worship.

In addition to leading worship, Michael has spent nearly a decade ministering to children and youth at Christian conferences across North America through music and storytelling. While traveling, he met and fell in love with his wife, Amanda, who is also a children’s minister. After they got married, they ran a national children’s ministry before “settling down” to raise their daughter, Lux.  Michael and Amanda welcomed their second daughter, Kyra in June, 2014.

In PUMC's own version of a 60-second interview, Michael shared the following...

Coffee, tea, or soda?
Coffee - Starbucks Gold Coast blend.
 
Favorite contemporary Christian artist, group, and song?
Switchfoot - favorite song is probably "We Are One Tonight" or "Oh, Gravity!"...but honestly, I love everything that Jon Foreman writes.
 
If you had 24 hours without any responsibilities or obligations, how would you spend it?
Some combination of lifting weights, hiking, and a concert by one of my many favorite bands followed by dinner at an Irish pub with my lovely wife, Amanda. #perfectday
 
Birth order or only child? What defining characteristic do you most claim in that position?
Firstborn. I have no problem being the center of attention.
 
Night owl or early bird?
Night owl. I am my most productive/creative after midnight.
 
Apple or Android?
Android. 
 
What are the three most important things to know about you?
1. I don't think I could survive without music.
2. I value honesty and authenticity.
3. I know I wouldn't be alive without Jesus, and I wouldn't even want to try to do life without Him.

Organ Scholar

Jaime Carini

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About the Organ Scholar Position
The Plainfield United Methodist Organ Scholar position exists to provide practical, applied experience to the next generation of sacred music leaders. Recognizing the congregation’s close proximity to the largest higher-education pipe organ program in the nation, PUMC established a relationship with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2013 serving dedicated, gifted and motivated undergraduate or graduate students studying pipe organ performance or sacred music. The Organ Scholar is a nine-month position (roughly from September through May) that plays for worship and Adult Choir rehearsal on a weekly basis; this includes much of the service music, ensemble accompaniment, hymnody, conducting, rehearsal preparation and practice. The position may be extended annually for as long as the individual remains a student. The Organ Scholar program is a mission/outreach ministry of the PUMC Worship Arts department, recognizing this congregation has a charge to cultivate tomorrow’s sacred music leaders.

PUMC is pleased to welcome Jaime Carini as Organ Scholar for September 2014 - May 2015.


Handbell Choir Director

Oma Buckner

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Before retiring from teaching at Westside Christian School for 15 years, Oma taught music privately in her home.  During the time at Westside she began directing the handbell choirs and the children's choir at PUMC.  Majoring in music at Indiana University, she received a bachelor of music education degree with clarinet concentration in 1964.  Music has been the core of her life. As a small child she listened to her sister sing and play piano until she could begin her own music pursuits at 7 with the violin.  From that moment music was the magnet that has drawn her in many directions. 

Oma directs three handbell choirs.  There are 12-14 in each choir.  Many of the seasoned members have played for over 20 years. 

Some are just beginning but have had other musical experiences.  As with most small group involvement we feel as if we are family.  Using our talents to praise God blesses the musician as well as the listener.  We welcome those who would like to add to this ministry.


Financial Administrator

Brenda Barnett

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Please contact Financial Administrator Brenda Barnett with any questions you have about church giving, budgets, or expenses.


Facilities Manager

Steve Manning

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Employment

Available Positions

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


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 Sandy Fansler 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 Sandy Fansler at kidsconnection@pumc.org.
 
 
Morning Driver:
For this 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 transport children from PUMC to the Plainfield Elementary Schools. Hours are 8-9 a.m. To apply, send resume to Director Sandy Fansler at kidsconnection@pumc.org. 

 


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