Pastor Erik Allen
Pastor Erik Allen
Pastor Erik was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he attended Kalamazoo College, majoring in History and Music. Following college, he attended seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), graduating in 2007 with a Master of Divinity and special emphasis in Biblical Studies. He has served congregations in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia and Nevada as well as complete chaplaincy programs in Ohio and Michigan.
Pr. Erik is married to the Rev. Dr. Amy Lindeman Allen who was recently appointed Assistant Professor of New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Together they have three children, Becca, Joanna, and William, as well as a fun loving (but mostly lazy) dog, Max. In his free time Pr. Erik enjoys spending time with his family, music and photography.
In his ministry, Pr. Erik has passions for worship leadership, pastoral care, strategic planning, faith formation and stewardship. He is most energized by working with people. He is committed to creating spaces where as disciples we can feel challenged and encouraged to take the next step together in our faith journey. He believes in the Gospel of Jesus’ transformitive love and centers his preaching and teaching around this life-giving Gospel. Working with individuals and groups, he encourages honest wrestling with how God confronts us with this Gospel in the living of our lives and our service to others.
Melissa Chapman was born in Buffalo, New York but raised in Central Florida. Melissa and her family relocated to Brownsburg 8 years ago from Florida. Melissa and her husband, Gregg, have been married for 20 years and have two grown children, Amber and Jacob. Melissa has four grandsons; Sammy (8), William (6), Jeremiah (1), and Timothy (1) yes they are twins. Aside from spending lots of quality time with her children she enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking and all kinds of other craft projects.
Director of Ministries
Director of Ministries
Hope Moran is a called leader in the ELCA commissioned as an Associate in Ministry. She has over thirty years of experience in ministry within Lutheran churches and organizations in the United States and Canada.
She served in the Detroit area for 14 years. There she trained youth and adults in relational, small group ministry; worked with over 70 volunteers; created programs for children through adults; and, helped people serve in their community. For 15 summers she served as an Assistant Camp Director in South Dakota where volunteers were taught to go back home and lead vibrant ministries in their own congregations. She received a call to St. James Lutheran Church in Greenfield, IN, where she rejuvenated the youth program, assisted in worship, equipped and affirmed adult volunteers, integrated new members into the life of the congregation and set up opportunities for service in the area. In 2009 she was called by the Synod Council to be the Interim Minister at First Trinity Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, IN. During the past decade she has also served on three Via de Cristo teams as a Spiritual Director; and, she has been the Indianapolis Conference Coordinator arranging seven mission trips to New Orleans, bringing together the youth from the 31 congregations to attend the ELCA National Youth Gatherings twice, and planning Conference ministeriums and assemblies. She has also been published in the “Christ in Our Home” devotional. She previously served Messiah part-time as the Communication Coordinator while serving at First Trinity. She is a graduate of Concordia University, Mequon, WI.
Hope volunteers with various organizations in the Downtown Indianapolis area that serve the hungry and poor. She travels to visit her four, married children who have strong faith lives and are very involved in their congregations. She is the happy grandmother of four grandchildren.
When you call Messiah or come into the administrative office area, you are certain to be greeted by a friendly face and welcoming voice from our receptionist and administrative assistant, Tracey. She and her family reside within the community and have been involved in Brownsburg activities since moving here in 1994. Her family consists of her husband, who she refers to as “wonderful”, a daughter named Devan, and a son named Dylan. Tracey and her husband have been married for 23 years. Devan, their daughter, is attending Ball State University, and their son, Dylan, is at Brownsburg High School.
Before moving to Brownsburg, Tracey was born and raised in Lebanon and attended school there. After high school, she went to Indiana University for a time and was majoring in physical therapy. When she isn’t working, she enjoys being active and gets involved in camping, hiking, and riding bikes. Tracey also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and loves to become engrossed in a good movie.
We are so blessed to have her warmth and talents at Messiah, but once again, she feels that she is the lucky one. When asked what her favorite part was about Messiah, she replied: “All the wonderful people that I get to meet and talk to”.
Christie was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. She went to William Henry Harrison High School and then attended Purdue University and graduated with a BA in Communication. She and her husband Doug, who is a fireman for the city of Indianapolis, have been married for a little over four years. They have two wonderful little boys and two cats named George and Lucy. Her three year old, Jackson, is a typical, active, pre-schooler that keeps her very busy- but, he has to share her with his new baby brother Ethan, who was born on January 23, 2012!
Like any parent of two small children, Christie doesn’t have a lot of free time outside of her dedication to work at Messiah and to family. At this point in her life, she spends most of her time serving others and enjoying her boys. Occasionally, she finds time to tend to her flowerbeds, scrapbook, and dreams of travels to warm places by the ocean.
Once again, we are so blessed to have such friendly and dedicated people supporting Messiah in our office. Christie also claims that her favorite thing about the church is the members, and she especially enjoys coming to work when groups are meeting at the church. … “Our members are SOOOO friendly! I love coming to work on days when there are groups meeting at church. Days are so much better when people pop in to see us!”