Rob grew up in both St. Louis and Dallas, and later attended Texas A & M University. On a college retreat, Rob came to know the true meaning of the Gospel. He learned that Jesus overcomes our sin and frees us to live in complete peace with Him. Rob began to develop a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus for the first time in his life.
Rob immersed himself in ministry, volunteering with youth ministries, interning at churches, and working at Christian camps. After graduation, Rob answered God’s call to enter full-time ministry at a church in Katy, Texas, near Houston.
While there, Rob became reacquainted with Kimmy whom he had met in college. They were married in 1995 and moved to Massachusetts, where Rob received a Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Kimmy’s story is not entirely different from Rob’s, learning about Jesus Christ through a Young Life high school program. She learned a great deal about walking faithfully with the Lord and leading others into a deep relationship with Him during her time as a backpacking guide at Young Life’s Wilderness Ranch.
Together, Rob and Kimmy have served churches in Washington, D.C. and Washington State before joining join us at Southport. They have four children: MacKenzie (1998), Joseph (2001), Annabelle (2002), and Sammy (2004) and a dog named Houston) Rob is a big fan of his kids and loves having four teenagers. What a ride!
Glen grew up in South Carolina and became a Christian at a young age. Church was an important part of his life growing up, and as a junior in high school he sensed God calling him to pastoral ministry.
While a student at Clemson University, he was involved with the student leadership team of Campus Crusade for Christ and later spent a few years on staff with Cru at the University of Kentucky. That’s where he met his wife Shaele.
After earning a Master of Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1999, Glen served as an associate pastor in Kentucky and North Carolina and a senior pastor in the Kansas City area.
Along the way, Glen also earned a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Gordon Conwell and has received additional training from the Soul Care Institute at the Potter’s Inn in Colorado. His passion is the help people to grow in their love for God and in their love for each other. Others say he is “down to earth” and not afraid to walk with people through difficult circumstances. He likes to think of himself as “the guy you’re supposed to interrupt,” so don’t be afraid to reach out to Glen and share your story.
Glen and Shaele have been married since 1996. Shaele is a teacher and works with fifth graders at Southport Presbyterian School. They have three children: Anna Katherine (2000), Wilson and Benjamin (2002).
Marilyn is a true southerner, born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia. Though she has called Indiana home her entire adult life. She met her husband, Sam, when they were students at Asbury College, in Wilmore, Kentucky. Shortly after they were married, they moved to Indiana where they served several years with OMS International. Since that time, Sam has operated a family graphic design business. They love to travel internationally and try to spend their vacations seeing the world both recreationally and as part of mission projects. When Marilyn is not wearing her SPC finance assistant or facility scheduler hat, she enjoys chasing her four young grandchildren who, luckily, live close by.
Jessica has worked in child care for over a decade. She has been married to her husband since 2010 and they have four beautiful children who keep them very busy. She has a passion for working with children and loves to share the gospel with them. She has been Director of Welcome Place since 2016.
Ben grew up near Seattle, Washington and attended Wheaton College, where he studied music. He joined the Southport Pres staff in February 2014 as the Director of Worship. He and his wife, Andie, have been married since 2010 and have three children. Ben enjoys reading, woodworking, cooking, and the occasional round of golf.
Darcy has been a member of the church since 2006. She is married to Fred and they have two daughters, Erin and Lexi. Darcy retired from Lilly in 2017 and immediately joined the team as the administrative assistant for the senior high, junior high, and children’s ministry directors. Darcy enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, gardening, and crafting.
Shelley has a four-year degree in both accounting and finance from IUPUI. In 2016 she passed the grueling 4-hour Certified Payroll Processor exam after over a year of preparation. She has served in our finance office since 2013. Shelley has a passion for non-profit accounting and served as treasurer of her home church for seven years. She enjoys learning how to use new software and discovering new excel tricks.
Shelley keeps SPC up to date on forever changing employment law, handles day to day HR needs, processes payroll, guides new employees through the hiring process, and is always available to help any employee with any concern they bring to her. Shelley is responsible for month-ending journal entries, produces the financial reports, works with the Community Ministries to integrate their financials into SPC’s general ledger, builds custom analytical reports, and coordinates with the accounting outsourcing service.
Shelley lives on the Near Eastside of Indy with her husband of 24 years, two daughters, and two spoiled dogs. Her adult daughter lives close by. On weekends you might meet the whole family eating breakfast together at a farmers market, CSA, or grocery co-op.
Ruth has been on staff since 1999 and oversees daily lunches for Southport Presbyterian Christian School and Welcome Place Child Care. She and the Food Service Ministry staff also prepare lunch for several adult day centers as well as catering many events held at Southport Pres.
A Purdue graduate with a BS in business and marketing, Ruth began her food service career with a catering company before joining the Southport staff. Ruth says, “Serving food to people is a very tangible way to communicate God’s love for them.”
Most Sunday mornings you will see Ruth and her husband Bob at the Bakeshop Table in the center hall where you can purchase fresh baked goods from our church kitchen. In addition to their own children and grandchildren, Bob and Ruth have the joy of being “grandparents” to a local Chin family.
Jennifer Dalton is administrative assistant to worship, caring and food ministries, here at Southport Pres. In addition to supporting these three ministries, Jennifer is also the secondary scheduler for church events and happenings. Even though Jennifer has only been on staff since March 2017, she is very much familiar with the church and its members. Jennifer and her husband, Brian have been a part of the Great Banquet community since 2002.
Jennifer comes from a few different professional backgrounds. She has been an Executive Assistant, an Area Manager and National Trainer for a corporate photography chain and has worked as a Volunteer Director and Supervisor/Educator for a Before/After School Program in the Center Grove School District.
With some college education and some Biblical Counseling training, Jennifer hopes to eventually complete her training and become a Biblical Counselor. She would also like to begin some Bible studies and Bible training to young people in the community. Jennifer loves to learn about Jesus and the Bible and would love to share what she has learned with anyone that will listen.
Outside of working at Southport Pres, Jennifer enjoys being with her family, staying active, watching sports (especially the Cubs & whatever sport one of her 3 boys are playing at the time), renovating/decorating their new home, cooking/baking, traveling, spending time with friends and living life in Christian community.
Ron oversees the operations of the church, which include: HR, Finance, Facilities and Community Ministries. He and his wife Marcia have been involved as volunteers in the ministries of SPC since 1985, working with youth as one of their key areas of ministry. After early retirement from a career in HR and management from a fortune 100 company, Ron started an HR consulting business through which he serves Southport Presbyterian as well as other clients. In his spare time, he can often be found enjoying God’s creation camping, hunting and fishing.
Melissa is a long-time member of Southport Presbyterian Church. She has volunteered in Children’s Ministry for a number of years, served on the school board of SPCS and volunteered in several ministry projects at the church.
Melissa is a Ball State graduate with a degree in Finance. She has spent most of her adult life working in her family’s auction business, Christy’s of Indiana, located on the Southside of Indianapolis. Melissa is a third generation auctioneer that answered God’s call into Children’s Ministry in 2016. She is currently studying at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies. She has a heart for children and families to know and love Jesus.
Melissa married her college sweetheart and together they have four children, Andrew, Sydney and twins Nate and Zach. They reside in Franklin Township and enjoy watching the Flashes football team and the Marching Flashes in action.
Shana grew up at Southport Presbyterian Church and now is blessed to work here too! Shana has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Education from Indiana Wesleyan. She was a language arts teacher for 20 years and then, decided to pursue a Building Level Administrator’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and became the Principal at Southport Presbyterian Christian School.
She is married to Jim, a science teacher at Franklin Central High School. They have three children, Liz, Rachel and Jacob, and a black lab named Scout!
Her husband, Jim, got the family hooked on beekeeping, so that is one interest that they all share. Shana also enjoys knitting for the prayer shawl ministry, cooking and making things with beeswax and honey when she gets some spare time.
In 1984, after working with Indianapolis Youth for Christ for three years, Paul set off on an adventure in to serve Jesus, His Word, and teenagers at Southport Pres and on the South Side of Indianapolis. And the adventure continues as Paul has faithful served here for over three decades. The foundation of youth ministry at Southport Pres is simple: relationships, Jesus Christ, the Bible and prayer. It’s about disciples who make disciples.
Ministry for Paul is a family affair which includes his wife Becky; daughter Chrissa; two sons Michael and Stephen and their wives, Morgan and Emily. He considers it an honor and privilege to be serving Christ’s community here. Paul attended Taylor University and obtained a Masters of Counseling from Indiana University.
Aleen has been a member of the Southport Presbyterian since 1985 and has served in various ministries including being a Deacon and a Stephen Minister. Caring for people has been a large part of her journey both professionally and personally, from time spent with seniors in long-term care and adult day center settings, to caring for her aging parents and her terminally ill husband. She joined our staff in 2014 in her current role as Congregational Care Coordinator.
Aleen enjoys the outdoors, hiking, gardening, reading and travel, and has participated in our annual Mexico mission trip since 2013. She loves spending time with her family, especially her five active grandchildren.
Chris is the interim facilities director of Southport Presbyterian Church. He’s been with the church since May of 2008. He has a lovely daughter and two handsome sons: Riah, Abel, and Kenneth. He can fix almost anything that’s broken and takes pride in keeping the church running smoothly and efficiently.
Christi received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Indianapolis and has taught children ages 5th grade to 12th grade. However, her position at SPCS has been, by far, her favorite assignment. She loves spending time with the preschoolers and getting to know their fun personalities.
Christi met Bill playing on a church softball team, and they have three children. Her favorite activities include watching her sons compete in football or soccer and her daughter perform on stage. In the quiet moments at home, she enjoys knitting, reading, and family movie/game night.
Kathy is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. She has served in administrative support roles for denominational and church staff as her primary area of ministry for over 30 years and joined the Southport Pres staff in 2003. The church’s gospel-driven vision and strong sense of community drew her to become a member in 2006.
Kathy enjoys going to movies, taking road trips, and game day with her mom, brother and sister. She spends most of her free time with her three daughters and cheering for her six grandchildren at their various activities.
Matt grew up at Southport and has lived on the south side of Indianapolis his entire life. He met his wife, Danika, while attending Indiana Wesleyan University graduating in 2006. He and Danika have 3 boys, Levi, Sam and Ian.
Since 2013, Matt has served as the Jr. High Youth Director at Southport where he enjoys teaching and equipping students to grow and share their faith with peers. He enjoys the passion and energy Jr. High students possess and finds great joy in seeing them grow in their knowledge of Scripture and in their relationship with Jesus.
Matt received his Master of Divinity from Anderson University in 2014. He also serves an Infantry Battalion in the Indiana Army National Guard as a chaplain since 2011.
Matt enjoys spending time with family, wrestling with his sons, camping and anything sports related. His greatest desire, however, is growing in his understanding of the gospel and helping others live out the good news in their lives.”
Laura has been employed by Southport Presbyterian since 2003 and has been the Assistant Director at Welcome Place since 2007. She was born and raised in Greenwood, Indiana and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University. She had her husband have been married to since 2004 and we have 2 beautiful children. In her spare time Laura enjoys spending time with her family and crafting.