Meet Our Staff

Pastor Joseph Johnson

Lead Pastor
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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 Hogue

Administrative Director/Financial Secretary
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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 Callahan

Director of Finance
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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.

Elaine Bolton

Director of Programs
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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.

Emily Block


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.

Christina Martin

Choir Director
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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

Gospel Praise Director
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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.