Annual November Congregational Meeting
November 19, 2023
All members are invited to a combined Congregational Meeting & Worship-Based Prayer Night on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. where we will vote on new and renewing elder and deacon candidates. To learn more about the candidates, check out the information below.
You can also join us at one of two Q&A meetings:
- Sunday, Nov. 12 at 10:45 a.m. in Chapel A
- Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. in Chapel A
Parish Shepherding Model
Acts 20:28 tells us that the Holy Spirit raises up church leaders “to care for the church of God.” The primary way we care for members at College Park is through the parish shepherding model where members are assigned to elders based on where they live and deacons assist the elders with compassion and spiritual care.
With careful consideration and prayer, the College Park Elder Council recommends the following men to serve as elders and the following individuals to serve as deacons, dependent upon member affirmation at our Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.
New Elder Candidate
North Suburbs Parish
Dave and his wife, Anne, just celebrated their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary and have three grown children. Members of College Park Church since 1997, Dave served as an elder from 2004-2018 and has continued serving on the leadership team of the Shepherd Leader Cohort.
When asked about serving as an elder again, Dave responded, “I have been greatly impacted by the church throughout my life and want to help and serve any way I can. I believe that the local church is God’s primary vehicle for advancement of his kingdom on this earth. I do believe God has gifted me in the area of administration and oversight that align with serving as an elder.”
Renewing Elder Candidates
Northwest Indy Parish
Bjorn was voted in by College Park members in May as Pastor of Compassion; and his wife, Kendall, serves on staff as Hospitality Manager. You will see Bjorn and Kendall, along with their four children, serving others in the atrium on Sunday mornings. Bjorn says his calling and desire to serve as an elder started not with the desire to “be” an elder, but rather to be the kind of man that would be qualified to be an elder.
West Carmel Parish
Mitch and his wife, Sarah, have been married for eighteen years and have four children. They have been members of College Park since 2015. Mitch is grateful that sixteen years ago the Lord saved his marriage and his soul, changing his life and giving him new loves and desires, including a heart to serve the local church. Mitch has been serving as Pastor of Congregational Care & Connection since August of 2022 and considers it an honor to be considered for another elder term.
Northeast Suburbs Parish
Nate and his wife, Marty, have been married for forty-three years and have three adult children and two grandchildren. He has been on staff at College Park for twenty-one years and serves as the Pastor of Global Outreach. Nate has a heart for God’s Church as well as for those sheep who are not yet in the fold. God has given Nate the gift of teaching to help build up the body of Christ to the full stature of the measure of Christ, and Nate is honored to serve in the role of elder.
Small Groups Elder
Craig and Shannon Lewis have been married since 2007 and have two children, Gavin and Adalyn. They have been attending College Park since 2006 and have been involved in a number of ministries over that time, including Bible studies, Events Ministry, Hospitality, Vision Trips, Barnabas Teams, and Small Groups. Craig has served as an elder since 2018 and co-leads the Shepherd Leader Cohort.
West Carmel Parish
Lance met his wife, Tracy, in an adult big group at College Park twenty-one years ago, and they have now been married for nineteen years and have three children. Lance works as a project manager for Eli Lilly and Company. He has served as an elder since 2015, and his love for the church continues to grow stronger. His hope is for the church to be both a hospital and a sanctuary and produce gospel-centered, theologically strong ambassadors for Christ. He is honored to be asked to serve for another term as elder.
East Carmel Parish
Bruce and his wife, Karon, have been married for thirty-five years and have four adult daughters and became first-time grandparents this year. Bruce has been on staff at College Park since 2009 and has served as an elder since 2012. Caring for the spiritual health of the church family and providing oversight to the mission and ministries of the church is a high privilege and a humbling responsibility. He is grateful to serve as an elder of College Park during this season.
East Carmel Parish
Paul and his wife, Jen, have been members at College Park since 2007 and have four children. Paul recently celebrated his fifteen-year staff anniversary at College Park. He has served in many staff roles during that time and is currently Lead Executive Pastor. Paul has served as an elder for the last six years. In his free time, Paul can be found grilling or smoking meat for his family and friends.
Northwest Suburbs parish
Micah and his wife, Sherri, have been members of College Park since 2008, and Micah has served as an elder since 2014. They have been married fourteen years and have three children. Micah works in strategy for the Heritage Group. Micah loves College Park and desires to serve the people who God has entrusted to this church. He has been honored to serve as an elder for the last nine years, and he hopes to continue to do so going forward.
Northwest Indy parish
In March of this year, Mark celebrated his fifteen-year anniversary as Lead Pastor of College Park Church. And, Mark and his wife, Sarah, celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary in June. They have four children, three daughters-in-law, and became first-time grandparents earlier this year with a grandson and a granddaughter. Mark and Sarah enjoy time around a campfire; taking walks with their Bernedoodle, Stella; and spending time with family.
East Carmel Parish
Ron and his wife, Patti, have been married for thirty-seven years and have three married sons and six grandchildren. They have been members of College Park since 2012. Nothing brings Ron more pleasure than seeing people come to Christ, become rooted and grounded in him, grow to be like him, and shine in such a way that they draw others to him. As an elder, Ron’s desire is to encourage and help people, wherever they are in their spiritual journey; to consider and embrace godliness; and thus to bring glory to our holy God.