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)
Sandy has been at Grace since 1967. Sandy grew up at Grace and she and Bob raised their two sons here. Sandy has served in various positions on the Grace staff since 1997 and served as the Chancel Choir director for 15 years until summer 2017. During that time, Sandy’s involvement grew putting her administration skills to serve as our office manager.
Likes: Music (almost all types but not a fan of rap or country), singing, Autumn, Thanksgiving, being with family, going to car shows and concerts with Bob, working in the yard, a good glass of wine, summer vacations in Michigan, hanging out with friends
Dislikes: Mosquitos, snow skiing, inflatable obstacle courses (ask her why sometime!), lies, any of the 3 “hangry” moments – hot, headache, hungry
Family: Married to Bob; son Nick – wife Ashley and daughter Arya; son Tony – wife Janelle and daughter Charlotte (Charlie)
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, and Sunday worship times. Charis also teaches regular music classes to our Readiness and Daycare students throughout the week, and leads them in music for weekly chapel.
Family: Children: Michael (11), Gabriel (7), Raphaela (4)
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
Pastor Emeritus: Ronald Harshman
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:
Tom Bisciglia (Chair)
Also participating in the Governance Board meetings are: Pastor Curt Hunt and Church Administrator Bill Fielding.
Responsible for ongoing operations to engage the congregation in the mission and vision – they serve under the supervision of the senior pastor
Church Administrator: Bill Fielding
IT Coordinator: Craig Denney
Associate Pastor: Ryan Traeger
Hospitality Coordinator: Donna Zoss
Director of Music: Charis Vander Plaats
Director of Grace Recovery: Jason Padgett
Service Coordinator: Seeking someone with a passion for Service.
Office Manager: Sandy Anderson
Director of Grace Education Ministries: Anne Hough
Other staff and coordinators
Facilities Coordinator: Matt Curtis
Director of Community Development: Lyndsy Manz
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