Staff

  • Rick Spleth – Indiana Regional Minister

    Rick Spleth joined the staff as Regional Minister on September 1, 2001. His duties include pastoral oversight for congregational and regional ministries and serves as the chief executive officer of the region. As regional minister, Rick works with Search and Call and the Regional Board.  He also works with the Stewardship Commission, Finance Committee, Nominating

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  • Carolyn Reed – Associate Regional Minister

    Carolyn Reed began her ministry with the Indiana Region on May 10, 1999. Her work is focused on relationship building among pastors and congregations in the northern part of the state. This ministry includes Search and Call and designing a variety of congregational transformation and conversation processes. Carolyn also gives support to the Commission on

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  • Diane Zehr – Interim Associate Regional Minister

    Diane graduated from CTS in 1984 and was ordained that year by the Indiana Region.  She has served as a local church pastor in several locations in Indiana and Kentucky.  She was Interim Associate Regional Minister in Indiana in 1990 and 1991.  She was Program Coordinator for the 2003 General Assembly in Charlotte, NC.  Most

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  • Cynthia Newman – Minister of Clergy Economic Empowerment

    Cynthia Newman began her ministry with the Indiana Region on February 9, 2015. Her work is focused on directing the Lilly Endowment grant project to alleviate economic challenges that Indiana Clergy face. Cynthia has a B.S from Purdue University, and is a Commissioned Minister. She and her husband, Eric have one son, Jordan.

  • Bere Gil Soto – Reconciliation Program Minister

    Bere is the new Reconciliation Program Minister for the Christian Church in Indiana and Reconciliation Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Bere was born and raised in Central Mexico, in the beautiful town of San Luis Potosí, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Since early in her life, Bere has been

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  • Maribeth Westerfield Blackman – Women’s Ministry Coordinator

    Maribeth Westerfield Blackman began her ministry with the Indiana Region on July 1, 2017.  Maribeth is known to many in Indiana having served as Associate Regional Minister from 1981-1988 with responsibility for women’s ministry.  Following her earlier tenure on our staff she served the as Senior Minister of University Place Christian Church in Enid, Oklahoma

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  • Sarah Riester – Ministry Associate

    Ministry Associate, Sarah Riester, comes to the staff of the Christian Church in Indiana with past experience in the Division of Overseas Ministries and having worked on the 1998 Quadrennial Assembly. Sarah works part-time with primary responsibilities around donations given for the work of the region. Sarah is a graduate of Transylvania University with a

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  • Maggie Archibald – Minister of Faith Formation

    Maggie Archibald, Minister of Faith Formation, is an ordained Disciples minister who lives in Avon, Indiana. Maggie’s experiences at camp and serving on regional youth councils were formative in her faith journey and her call to ministry. She is passionate about the importance of outdoor ministries in the life of all people in the Church.

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  • Candace Boyd Wylie – Ministry Associate

    Candace started with the region in March of 2015 as a ministry associate. Her work supports the Commission on Ministry and the communication efforts for the region. An Indiana native, Candace is a graduate of Lawrence North High School and holds degrees in Organizational Management and Non Profit Leadership from Huntington University. When not working

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  • Larry Brey – Camp Barbee Caretaker

    Larry comes to this work after years of serving as a camp counselor and co-director at Barbee. He brings a passion for the camp as he cares for the facility. Larry retired from General Motors in Fort Wayne in 2009. He and his wife, Kathy, live near the camp in Pierceton, Indiana.

  • Dawn Barnes – Ministry Associate

    Dawn is an ordained Disciples minister and a longtime missionary to Southern Africa with Global Ministries. She has also spent time working with Week of Compassion and, most recently, the Mennonite Central Committee in Southern Africa. Dawn has recently returned to Indianapolis with her husband, Jon, and two children, where they are members at Central

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