Curt Hunt, Lead Pastor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Ryan Traeger, Associate Pastor/Pastor of Discipleship, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Kay, Office Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Dislikes:  Glitter

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 Vander Plaats, Director of Music and Worship, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.   


Pastoral Team

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


Governance Board

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:

Doug Curry

Ken Daugherty

Maurie Denney

Norma Fielding

Missy Galbreth

Matt Oates

Timothy Rosi

Marti Van Cleef

John Zoss

Also participating in the Governance Board meetings are: Pastor Curt Hunt, Associate Paster Ryan Traeger, and Church Administrator Dave Beigh.


Leadership Team

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 CoordinatorSeeking 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 DevelopmentSeeking 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