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Pastor Erik Allen

Pastor

Pastor Erik Allen

Pastor

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 two dogs, Max and Nala. 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’ transformative 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.

Hope Moran

Director of Ministries

Hope Moran

Director of Ministries

Hope Moran is a called leader in the ELCA commissioned as a Deacon.  She has over thirty-five 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 many 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 “You Don’t Have to Be A Superhero”, “Christ in Our Home” devotional and has her own blog called “Notes of Hope” found at www.hopemoran.com. 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 loves reading, scrapbooking and binge-watching Netflix shows such as “The Crown”, “Virgin River” and “Longmire”.  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 eight grandchildren.

 

Hannah Demaree

Director of Youth and Family Ministry/Communications Coordinator

Hannah Demaree

Director of Youth and Family Ministry/Communications Coordinator

Hannah grew up in Franklin, Indiana and ended up, after college, at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in  Columbus, OH. There, she earned her Master’s in Youth and Family Ministry. She was in Congregational Youth Ministry in the Central States Synod for 4.5 years before she went to work for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio as a Program Director. She moved back home to be closer to family in 2019 and began work as an Aquatics Director while she determined the next step for myself. A little about her—she has a cat named Shelly, her favorite color is purple and she absolutely loves sharks! Her big bucket list item is to see Great White sharks breach up out of the water off the South coast of Africa. She loves to craft and she is obsessed with her Cricut cutting machine. Her favorite place to sit with God is in nature, especially in pine trees or near water.

Trent Whisenant

Director of Music

Trent Whisenant

Director of Music

Trent Whisenant is a graduate student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying organ performance with Dr. Janette Fishell. In May of 2020, Trent graduated from the University of the South, an Episcopal institution located in Sewanee, TN, with degrees in music and politics. From 2016 to 2020 he served as Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Dalton, GA where he oversaw a robust program of traditional music. He has substituted widely across many different Protestant denominations and has a particular interest in the development of sacred choral music. 
 
Trent is originally from Chatsworth, Georgia and can be found traveling, reading, and appreciating art when he is away from the organ bench. 

Christie Hoaglin

Financial Administrator

Christie Hoaglin

Financial Administrator

Christie was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana.  She graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Communication.  She and her husband Doug live in Brownsburg.  They have two wonderful boys along with a cat named Ollie and a dog name Wrigley. 

 Like most parents, 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 knit and work in her flowerbeds, but she is always planning her next trip, preferably some place warm with a beach! 

 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!”

Tracey Shaw

Administrative Assistant

Tracey Shaw

Administrative Assistant

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 husband Marty raised two kids in Brownsburg and have since move out to North Salem.  Tracey has two grown children and one granddaughter.  When she isn’t working, she enjoys being active and gets involved in hiking, working in the yard, going to the IRT, and playing with her granddaughter Oakley.  She 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”.

Caleb Meadows

Music Ministry Staff

Caleb Meadows

Music Ministry Staff

Caleb is a recent graduate of Butler University, where he double majored in Music, graduating with Honors, and Media Arts, Recording Industry Studies, graduating with High-Honors. He studied both Classic and Jazz piano during his tenure at Butler. He was the principle pianist for the Butler University Jazz Ensemble Orchestra, the piano accompanist for the Children’s Choir, at Second Presbyterian Church, and the worship band pianist at Southland Christian Church. He also regularly works throughout the Indianapolis area as a freelance pianist. He will be pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Public Affairs, and Arts Administration, at Indiana University, O’Neill School-Bloomington, in the fall of 2019. He is the recipient of an MAAA-MPA Merit Award Fellowship. He plans to continue studying piano, and performing in ensembles through the Indiana University, Jacob School of Music.

Caleb is joining Messiah's Music Ministry serving as Saturday Evening Musician and GRACE Contemporary Band Leader.