Who We Are

 

karen bray



Rev. Karen Bray

kbray@collegeavenuechurch.org

Job Title:  Pastor

On staff since: July 2019 

Hometown: Indianapolis/Crawfordsville  

Family:  Husband Mike, 3 grown daughters, 10 grandchildren

Education:  Bachelor of Liberal Studies University of Indianapolis, Master of Divinity- Asbury Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry in process at Asbury Theological Seminary

Favorite Bible character: Joseph (Old Testament)  

Favorite movie or TV show: Big Bang Theory   

Favorite book: Pilgrim’s Progress  

Favorite food: Chocolate or Coffee (mocha latte?)  

Favorite part of my job: Seeing people transform as they understand God’s love for them.  

My hero: My husband Mike - he’s my rock.

If I had any super power, I’d: Like to be able to teleport to see my grandchildren (and their parents)  

I’d rather be: Fishing. I love to fish but never do.  

Three things on my bucket list:

- Don’t really have one but I really want to go to Israel with my daughter Hannah.

lisa



Chris Mahon

cmahon@collegeavenuechurch.org

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



Shane Lanning

slanning@collegeavenuechurch.org

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

Michaela



Michaela Holloway

cmm@collegeavenuechurch.org

Job Title: Campus Mentoring Ministry

On staff since:  August 2019

Hometown:  Fort Wayne, Indiana

Family:  Mom (Sue), Dad (Collin), and two older siblings--a sister, Dani, and a brother, Ian

Education:  Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Cedarville University, Ball State graduate student

Favorite Bible character:  Moses

Favorite movie or TV show:  Gilmore Girls

Favorite book:  Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

Favorite food:  I'm into roasted brussel sprouts right now

Favorite part of my job:  The wonderful community I work with

My heroes: My Grandma!

If I had any super power, I’d:  Have telepathy

I’d rather be:  In my kitchen

Three things on my bucket list:

- Live in Europe.
- Write a Book.
- Learn to play guitar.

john



John Emert

jemert@collegeavenuechurch.org

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



Dennis Williams

dwilliams@collegeavenuechurch.org

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



Chuck Tuite

ctuite@collegeavenuechurch.org

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

lisa



Pat Bennett

pbennett@collegeavenuechurch.org

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



Nichole Call

ncall@collegeavenuechurch.org

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



Robin Stevens

rstevens@collegeavenuechurch.org

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.

lisa



Jami Jones

jjones@collegeavenuechurch.org

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.

Alex



Alex Hill

ahill@collegeavenuechurch.org

Job Title: Custodian

On staff since:  August 2019

Hometown:  LaGrange, Indiana

Family:  Aliza, Steve

Education:  Currently in college

Favorite Bible character:  David

Favorite movie or TV show:  Justified

Favorite book:  North

Favorite food:  Mac and Cheese

Favorite part of my job:  Flexible hours

My hero: Deadpool

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

I’d rather be:  Younger again

Three things on my bucket list:

- Travel.
- Own a sports car.
- Be in law enforcement.