Residency & Seminary

Trinity Evangelical Divinity Extension Site
Vision for the College Park Residency Program

At College Park Church, we have a passion for following Jesus and we want to ignite that same passion in others. We believe that the gospel travels faster and farther when local churches are led by godly, gospel-centered, theologically-sound, competent servant-leaders.

As a result, the College Park Church Residency is designed to equip, train, and launch men and women into strategic gospel ministry across our city, state, and to the nations.

Download Resident Booklet

What Does it Look Like?

College Park Church’s Residency is a one or two-year, full-time paid leadership training program designed to develop men and women aspiring to vocational ministry with ministry experience, leadership coaching, and personal development within the College Park Church culture. 

When we say “resident,” many hear “intern,” which may sound like days full of copier machines and sitting quietly in meetings, but that’s not how our residency works. Rather, here is how we develop our residents:

Our Residents Are Trained.

Throughout a resident’s term, he or she will have the opportunity to learn extensively and contribute significantly to ministry at College Park Church, following a specific training plan. Residents will serve and grow under a Resident Coach, who will disciple and lead him or her throughout their tenure.

A resident's training includes the following:

  • Ministry Experience
  • Leadership Development
  • Personal Mentoring
  • Missional Launching

Residents also will participate in a weekly cohort gathering led by the Pastor of Theological Development for reading, reflection, development, and challenging one another. After completing the Residency Training, we believe you will have a holistic understanding of ministry and leadership in the local church.

Our Residents are Launched into Gospel Ministry.

In the last 6-9 months of your residency, the Residency leadership team will help you launch into the next phase of ministry to which God is calling you. They'll provide assistance in creating your resume, building a network, and coaching you through next steps. We have helped launch past residents into leading churches, planting churches overseas, teaching at Bible colleges, and more.

Meet Our Current Residents

Taylor Frank is husband to the sweet Melissa Frank and father to three cats and one dog. He serves as the Student Ministries Resident at College Park Church, offering leadership and direction in public school outreach and midweek programming. He enjoys sports, dad jokes, good coffee, and spending time with his wife and their immediate families.

Joel Israel is husband to a gracious wife, Abby, and moved to the Indy area in July of 2017 to join the College Park family. Currently, he oversees communications, serving teams, local outreach, and assimilation for College Park Fishers. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, woodworking, listening to music, and catching up with friends.

Luke Jones has been married to his amazing wife, Monica, since December 2016. He serves as the Worship Arts Resident at College Park Church, assisting the Worship Arts Pastor and Creative Arts Director in service planning, leading worship at our three congregations, and implementation of the creative arts in the church. He enjoys watching all kinds of sports, eating great food, and backyard cookouts with yard games.

Brad Merchant loves his wife Clarissa, books, and McAlister’s sweet tea. He serves as the Lead Pastor Resident where he assists the Lead Pastor with project development, preaching, and shepherding. He also assists with the Residency Leadership team and serves as coordinator for the Next Door Mission.

Paul Nystedt is married to his lovely wife Sarah, and they have two joyful and energetic kids: Daniel (2yr) and Luke (5mo). He serves as the Pastoral Resident for Community and assists with Discipleship, Small Groups, and Men’s Ministry. He enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends, listening to music, playing games, and reading in his free time.


Is the residency a paid position?

We believe that residents are best served when they can be immersed in the life of the church on a full-time basis. Therefore, residents are paid a full-time salary with benefits.

What are the educational requirements?

Past residents have applied before, during, and after their theological education, but all candidates are college graduates.

What's the length of a residency?

Depending on the residency, one or two years.

What are the work hours?

The residency is a full-time, 40-hour work week commitment.

Is housing provided for the residency?

Housing is provided for certain exceptions, but most residents are expected to find their own housing.

Take the Next Step

Questions? Contact Brad Merchant for more information.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity Extension Site

College Park Church hosts an extension site for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Deerfield, Illinois. Students can earn a Master of Arts in Theological Studies or a Certificate in Biblical Studies from the College Park Church site. Even if you’re not interested in pursuing a degree program, you are welcome to audit the classes.

Classes & Application Info



  • North Indy

    2606 W 96th Street, Indianapolis IN 46268

    Sunday Services: 8, 9:45, 11:30 a.m.

  • Fishers

    12001 Olio Road, Fishers IN 46037

    Sunday Services: 9 & 10:45 a.m.

  • Castleton

    5825 E 91st Street, Indianapolis IN 46250

    Sunday Service: 10 a.m.