After serving for 11 years as the Associate Pastor of Lawrence United Methodist Church, Joseph Johnson is excited about serving in a new role as Lead Pastor. He is a graduate of the Christian Theological Seminary and served as an Indianapolis Police Chaplain. Joseph enjoyes a ministry that crosses age and racial boundaries. He helped develop the Lawrence Youth Corps and serves as the chaplain for Marquette Retirement Center. Joseph is married to the lovely and wise Sharon Johnson, who knew she was going to marry him the first time she saw him. They have three wonderful children. Joseph enjoys preaching and writing music. You can listen to some of Joseph's music here.
Linda was born in Indianapolis and has two brothers, one half-brother, two step-sisters, and two half-sisters. (a truly blended family!) Her immediate family includes her husband, Mark, sons Jeff (Kristi) and Chris (Kristen), daughter Amy (Aaron), six granddaughters, Brianna, Taelynn, Karina, Alexis, Brooklyn, and Maekenna, and three grandsons, Colin, Jaedren, and Patrick. Linda attended Indiana University, and worked as secretary at Cumberland UMC for 6 years before coming to LUMC in 1990. Her passions are reading, traveling, enjoying nature, and being a wife, mother and grandma.
Janet's immediate family includes her husband Tim, sons Scott (Norma), Rick (Annette), and Chuck (Julie). She has four granddaughters, four grandsons, three great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter. She retired from Lawrence Township Schools (Craig Middle School) after 29 1/2 years. She enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, and church activities.
By the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ I have been saved for over 13 years and in that time I have spent over 10 years involved in various aspects of Children's Ministry and Hospitality, worked as a supervisor for special education resources and materials with the El Paso Independent School District, and own my own company offering Biblical themed party supplies and event planning services. I have also spent a portion of my work life in the area of business leadership and administration. My passion is teaching Biblical truth to children and the child at heart through play in and around community fellowship. When I am away from work I enjoy spending time with my two children Emili (18) and Jay (17), fiancé Mike Beaumont and friends, developing Bible themed party packages, cooking, entertaining, playing board games, doing an assortment of art projects, and taking part in community outreach activities through our church, Boy Scouts, and volunteering.
It is with great privilege that I have served in Ministry and Outreach for over 20 years. My family has been in fellowship with Lawrence United Methodist Church for the last 10 years. I am a Special Education teacher with a passion for teaching. I attended Indiana Wesleyan University and received a Bachelor’s and then attended Butler University in Indianapolis and received Special Education Licensure. I enjoy reading and spending time with my children and family.
Erin was born in Indianapolis and is a life-long member of LUMC. She has one brother (Brad) and is the mother of four beautiful children (Taelyn, Camdyn, McKynna, and Jaimesyn). In addition to serving as Youth Director, she is an Instructional Assistant for Lawrence Township Schools, and studies Christian Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University. Erin has also served on the staff of the LUMC Youth Corps. She enjoys spending time with her children, watching sports (especially Colts football) and HGTV, being outdoors, vacationing on the beach, and spreading God's word.
Emily and her husband Jonathan have lived in the Fishers area for 25 years. They have three grown children and one grandson. Since receiving a Bachelor's degree in music at Butler University, Emily has done freelance accompanying for choirs, soloists and theater groups, as well as teaching piano from her home studio. In her spare time she likes to take care of her gardens and chickens, read, knit, and she and Jon have recently taken up kayaking.
Choir Director Christina Martin is also freelance clarinetist in the greater Indianapolis area, playing with organizations such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, as well as recording studio work and other events. She attended Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and also completed her graduate studies at Indiana University in Bloomington where she met her wonderful husband, Greg Martin. Together they have two sons, Henry and James.
Bradney McCain is a Foster and Adoption Parent Trainer for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). At DCS Bradney is responsible for training families in Marion and Hamilton Counties. Prior to working for DCS Bradney served as a Life Skills Program Director and Family Relationship Trainer in Elkhart Indiana. He developed an interest in social services and education when studying at the University of Indiana. Bradney enjoys listening to, and playing music, and spending time with his wife and two children.