Who We Are



Lisa Schubert Nowling


Job Title: Pastor

On staff since: 2013

Hometown: Indianapolis

Family: Husband, Colin and dog, Obadiah

Education: Indiana University & Duke Divinity School

Favorite Bible character:  Esther

Favorite movie or TV show:   Shawshank Redemption

Favorite book:  To Kill A Mockingbird

Favorite food:  Homemade pizza; filet mignon

Favorite part of my job:  Loving & Serving with people!

My hero: Anyone who gives their lives for justice & peace.

If I had any super power, I’d:  Fly

I’d rather be: Hiking with my dog and husband.

Three things on my bucket list:

- Seeing the 7 Wonders of the Modern World
- Skydiving
- Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim


Chris Mahon


Job Title: Intergenerational Minister

On staff since: January 2015, member since 1990

Hometown: Reading, PA

Family: Husband – Tony, Son – Steve, Cats – Bert & Ernie

Education: Bachelors (Spanish & Latin American Studies)– Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, Masters (Library & Information Science) – Indiana University

Favorite Bible character:  Daniel

Favorite movie or TV show:   Working Girl

Favorite book:  Lesson Before Dying / Ernest Gaines and Poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver

Favorite food:  Anything and everything Italian

Favorite part of my job: My soul dances when I am able to share God's word with our children.

My hero: people who accomplish great things in spite of/because of great adversity

If I had any super power, I’d:  be able to twitch my nose like Bewitched and change locations.

I’d rather be: curled up in the hammock with a good book.

Three things on my bucket list:

- Laugh every day
- Take cooking lessons
- Ride a bike through Italy


Shane Lanning


Job Title: Youth Minister

On staff since: July 2018

Hometown: Nashport, Ohio

Family: Parents- Ron & Cindy. Brother- Dusty. Sister-Amanda. Brother-in-law-Brandon. Nephew-Cas

Education: BA English and MA in TESOL & Linguistics

Favorite Bible character:  The Apostle Thomas

Favorite movie or TV show: The Secret of Kells

Favorite book:  The Hobbit

Favorite food:  Fries or potato chips

Favorite part of my job:  Fellowship

My hero: Walt Whitman

If I had any super power, I’d:  Have a super metabolism

I’d rather be: Asleep

Three things on my bucket list:

- Travel to Ireland
- See the Northern Lights (preferably in a glass igloo)
- Stay in an Earthship


Katie Allsop


Job Title: Campus Mentoring Ministry

On staff since: August 2017

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

Family: Mom (Kathy), dad (Todd), and brother (David) (oh and pomeranian, K-9)

Education: Purdue University, Ball State graduate student

Favorite Bible character:  Mary

Favorite movie or TV show:   Most recently, Grey's Anatomy

Favorite book:  Currently, the Divergent series, but I always love a good Nicholas Sparks romance

Favorite food: White cake with buttercream frosting

Favorite part of my job:  Being surrounded by so many people with such caring hearts

My heroes: My mom!

If I had any super power, I’d:  Time travel or teleport

I’d rather be: On the beach or by the pool

Three things on my bucket list:

- Get my Ph.D.
- Travel.
- Open a private practice.


John Emert


Job Title: Organist and Assistant Director of Music

On staff since: 2004, member since 1989

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Family: Wife Elizabeth and son Jacob

Education: Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Favorite Bible character:  King David

Favorite movie or TV show:   The Lion King

Favorite book:  today, it's Twelve Again - next week, who knows

Favorite food:  Grandma's pound cake

Favorite part of my job:  Communicating through music

My hero: J.S. Bach

If I had any super power, I’d:  Keep all instruments in tune

I’d rather be: Me

Three things on my bucket list:

- Travel more with family
- Take time to write
- Take time to read


Dennis Williams


Job Title: Chancel Choir Director

On staff since: February 2018

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Family: Wife Angel, Son Scott, Son Corey (Lydia & Keira), Son Todd (Angela)

Education: DMA, MCM Southern Baptist Seminary, BME Indiana University

Favorite Bible character:  David

Favorite movie or TV show:   Frasier

Favorite book:  Isaiah

Favorite food:  Steak Frites

Favorite part of my job:  Hearing music that touches my soul

My hero: Mozart

If I had any super power, I’d:  be able to do miracles

I’d rather be: living in a perfect world

Three things on my bucket list:

- Travel in Italy, Germany, and Austria


Chuck Tuite


Job Title: Praise Team Director

On staff since: March 2017

Hometown: Alexandria, Indiana

Family: Wife - Jo; son Dustin, daughters Shae, Mariah and Sophie

Education: BA German Studies, MS Information and Communication Sciences

Favorite Bible character:  Jonah - he's a cautionary tale about placing ego over obedience.

Favorite movie or TV show:   Movie: UHF. TV Show: NCIS

Favorite book:  There are too many to list!

Favorite food:  Italian

Favorite part of my job:  Hearing the music and voices reach out together to speak to people.

My hero: There are many, depending on the aspect. Mozart would be a good musical hero, but would be terrible from the free throw line.

If I had any super power, I’d:  Slow down time.

I’d rather be: Traveling.

Three things on my bucket list:

- Remodel a Victorian house
- spend a month traveling through Scandinavia
- complete a Spartan Race


Pat Bennett


Job Title: Parish Nurse

On staff since:  2000, member since 1978

Hometown:  Yorktown

Family: Husband, Ben; Four adult sons -- Benjamin, John Mark, Brian, Patrick and their wives – Mary, Julie, and Dang; five grandchildren – Jessica, Jeremiah, Jamie, Jennifer, Lindsey and step-grandson, Ben

Education: BSN, MA Counseling Psychology, PhD Nursing

Favorite Bible character:  Jesus, Mary and Peter

Favorite movie or TV show:   Big Bang Theory

Favorite book:  Anything written by Thomas Merton, Henri Nouen, or Annie Lamott

Favorite food:  Meat Loaf, corn on the cob or spaghetti

Favorite part of my job:  Love being able to help with families at times of health crisis.

My hero: Mother Teresa

If I had any super power, I’d:  Create world peace and tolerance.

I’d rather be:  A more disciplined writer.

Three things on my bucket list:

- A trip to Scotland
- River cruise Eastern Europe
- Finally learn the dulcimer


Nichole Call


Job Title: Director of Communications

On staff since: December 2009, member since 2009

Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

Family: Husband-Dave, Kids-Will and Lizza, Cats-Kyra and Claire

Education: Onondaga Community College, Edinboro University, Syracuse University

Favorite Bible character:  Elizabeth

Favorite movie or TV show: Outlander

Favorite book:  The Outlander Series

Favorite food:  Snowball cookies

Favorite part of my job:  Working on the computer

My hero: I have several, but they are all people I know personally.

If I had any super power, I’d:  Be able to give others what they need the most.

I’d rather be: Shopping!

Three things on my bucket list:

- Travel to Spain
- Visit Scotland
- Learn to not kill plants


Robin Stevens


Job Title: Administrative Assistant

On staff since: July 2016

Hometown: Muncie, Indiana

Family: Husband, John, son, Robert, daughter, Autumn, and the zoo :-)

Education: Ball State University

Favorite Bible character:  Mary Magdalene

Favorite movie or TV show:   CSI

Favorite book:  Soul Identity, currently

Favorite food: tomatoes from the garden

Favorite part of my job:  Meeting members of the church

My heroes: My father

If I had any super power, I’d:  Give homes and gardens to homeless

I’d rather be: in the garden

Three things on my bucket list:

- Greece, Italy, UK, Scotland visiting my ancestors graves and homes in these countries.


Jami Jones


Job Title: Wedding Consultant

On staff since: July 2016, member since 2012

Hometown: West Baden, Indiana

Family: Husband, Mike, and daughter, Mia

Education: B.S. Indiana State University, MAE-Ball State University

Favorite Bible character:  Job

Favorite movie or TV show:   Gilmore Girls

Favorite book:  Grapes of Wrath

Favorite food: Chocolate and peanut butter

Favorite part of my job:  Helping people have their special day run smoothly!

My heroes: Anyone willing to go the extra mile to help someone.

If I had any super power, I’d:  be able to teleport to places without driving!

I’d rather be: on the beach!

Three things on my bucket list:

- See all 50 states.
- Start a support group for women with fertility issues.
- Be appointed Secretary of Education.


Robert Stevens


Job Title: Custodian

On staff since: April 2017

Hometown: Yorktown

Family: Robin (Mother), John (Father), Autumn (Sister)

Education: Academic honors high school diploma, Associates of Science in Criminal Justice, Finishing Bachelors

Favorite Bible character:  Moses

Favorite movie or TV show:   Fast & Furious

Favorite book:  Lorien Legacy series

Favorite food:  Pizza

Favorite part of my job:  Meeting members of the church

My hero: my grandfather

If I had any super power, I’d:  Teleport

I’d rather be:  Somewhere warm

Three things on my bucket list:

- Drive 200+ mph
- Retire young enough to enjoy retirement
- Build a life I don't need a vacation from