Pastor Curt was appointed to Grace as Lead Pastor on July 1, 2018. A lifelong Methodist, Curt grew up in Griffith, Indiana and attended college at Purdue, Indiana University and Christian Theological Seminary. Pastor Curt has previously served at Marietta UMC, Carmel UMC, Morton Memorial UMC, Park Memorial UMC and Knightstown UMC.
Likes: Photography, golf and spending time with family and friends
Dislikes: Steep staircases
Family: Married to Cheryl who is a wonderful watercolor artist and practices hypnotherapy; son Ryan, who lives in Louisville, Kentucky; two kitties, Moonshadow and BlueBelle; one grand dog, Wicket
Pastor Ryan started as a part time youth director in 2012 at Grace and has been growing into more responsibility engaging the congregation to take steps toward following Jesus at each age. In the summer of 2017, in addition to serving as Grace’s Associate Pastor, Ryan was dually appointed to the solo pastor at Brown Street United Methodist.
Dislikes: balloons, glitter, and Easter grass
Education: Currently enrolled in Course of Study through Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary/University of Indianapolis.
Family: Husband of Amber and Dad to Magnolia (Olie) and Genevieve (Viv)
Sarah joined the Grace staff in August of 2019. As office administrator, she helps coordinate the day to day operations of the church and she helps coordinate volunteers. A native of Eatonton, Georgia, she grew up in the Methodist Church and she is currently working towards her Doctor of Jurisprudence at Indiana University.
Likes: Chick Fil A, travelling, and spending time with her family
Family: Her husband, David, is the Executive Sous Chef at Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center and they have one son, Preston, that attends Grace Daycare and Readiness. They have three dogs, Bailey, Jack, and Zoey.
Education: Young Harris College (AA), Georgia College (BA), and currently enrolled at IU for Doctor of Jurisprudence
Charis joined Grace in summer 2017 to serve as our Director of Music. In this role she builds, equips, and encourages individuals and groups to provide excellent, inspirational music for worship and spiritual formation, as well as plans and coordinates worship services. She directs the Chancel Choir, Grace Kid’s Choir, Youth Band, and Sunday worship times. Charis also leads music for weekly chapel with the Readiness and Daycare at Grace.
She also teaches elementary music (Grades K-6) part time for the Catholic School System in Lafayette.
Likes: The color yellow, strong coffee, naps, and water (lakes, ocean).
Dislikes: Chapped lips.
Family: Three children, and a cockapoo named Dunkin.
Education: Ball State University (Music Education), Purdue University (Elementary Education) BA in Elementary Education, Licensed Indiana Educator, K-6th grade.
Partner with the lead pastor to provide pastoral care, sacraments, spiritual direction, and engage the congregation in caring for each other (report to Senior Pastor)
Lead Pastor: Curt Hunt
Pastor of Discipleship: Ryan Traeger
Pastor of Development: Dan Berger
Retired Pastor: Larry Johnson
Serve as Staff Parish Relations, Trustees, provide accountability for lead pastor, oversee big picture finances and general budget, determine direction and focus. The Governance Board is comprised of the following church members:
Marti Van Cleef
Also participating in the Governance Board meetings are: Pastor Curt Hunt, Associate Paster Ryan Traeger, and Church Administrator Dave Beigh.
Responsible for ongoing operations to engage the congregation in the mission and vision – they serve under the supervision of the senior pastor
Church Administrator: Dave Beigh
IT Coordinator: Craig Denney
Associate Pastor: Ryan Traeger
Hospitality Coordinator: Donna Zoss
Director of Music & Worship: Charis Vander Plaats
Service Coordinator: Seeking someone with a passion for Service.
Office Manager: Sara Kay
Director of Grace Education Ministries: Anne Hough
Other Staff and Coordinators
Facilities Coordinator: Matt Curtis
Director of Community Development: Seeking someone with experience in this field.
Hospitality Team: Donna Zoss, Doris Lintner, Dave Beigh, Greg Shake
Communion Coordinator: Lynn Hartwick
Sound Coordinator: Dave Montgomery
Service musicians: Rod Ray, Donna Zoss
VIP Care Team: Marti Van Cleef