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Kevin McKinney

Senior Pastor


Pastor Kevin and his wife Joyce have served United Methodist congregations in ministry in the Indiana Conference for over 40 years and have been blessed by every church family with whom they have shared. They both have a deep love for Christ; a deep love for the people of the congregation they serve; a deep love for those they are called to reach who don’t yet know the joy of a transforming relationship with God through Jesus Christ; and a deep love for their family and each other. Their great hope is that God, and those who come after them, will find them faithful as they have lived to serve God following His call. 
They have three amazing grown children of whom they are so proud. Their oldest, Brad, and his wife, Vicki, live in the countryside near Corydon, Indiana with their two dogs, two cats, and a half dozen chickens. Their daughter, Sherra, and husband, Tom, live in Jeffersonville, IN, with their four fantastic grandchildren, Meghan, Coby, Marissa, and Isaac. Their youngest, Matt, and his wife, Christy, also live in Jeffersonville, with their two beautiful dogs and a cat.  Kevin and Joyce have been pleased to be residents of Fishers, Indiana since 2011 where they have shared their home with two “gentle giant” Saint Bernards, one cantankerous Bichon Frise, and one mildly deranged cat [or is that redundant?].  They wouldn’t have it any other way!
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Jared Kendall

Associate Pastor


Pastor Jared has a passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Toward that end, Pastor Jared leads bible studies, preaches, and helps coordinate mission-outreach opportunities. He also assists in leading our one-to-one lay caring Stephen Ministry.

Jared is married to his best friend, Kate, and they have two little girls, Jathnielle (Jath-knee-el) and Adilyn. Pastor Jared loves being with his family and enjoys spending time with friends, playing sports, and working in his wood-shop. He is also a fan(atic) of Michigan Football and Duke Basketball, but don't hold that against him - too much!
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Jill Buckler

Pastor Of Congregational Relations


Jill has a passion for connecting people so they can grow closer to God! Her duties are focused on getting people involved in the life of the church community.  On Sunday mornings you will find her in Connection Central to answer questions about various ministries and opportunities for being involved in serving, learning and social events.  Throughout the week, she works one on one with individuals identifying spiritual gifts as well as supporting new ministry ideas and also supports leadership of various ministries such as hospitality ministries.
When she is not at church or in her counseling offices in Noblesville and Indianapolis, Jill is spending time with her family who have been part of Fishers UMC since 1999, when they moved to the Fishers area.  In her spare time she likes to read, cook, exercise and spend time outside.
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Larry Crane

Director Of Children's Ministries


Larry (the children call him Pastor Larry) has a passion for leading children and families to a deeper relationship with God. He leads our children’s worship at 9:45 and is the leader of children and family ministry, He loves to encourage people to experience ministry as a leader with children.
Larry is married to Kathy and they have three children (each born in a different decade 70’s 80 and 90’s). He enjoys spending time with his grandboys, spending time on or near the water (where he finds relaxation and renewal) and loves sports.
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Jenni Debaun

Administrative Assistant/Facilities Scheduler/50+ Coordinator/Hamilton Trace Worship Coordinator


Jenni has a passion for seeing the beauty often times missed in older adults and administrative works. She is privileged to serve as the Administrative Assistant/Facilities Scheduler.
She also manages Fifty Plus Older Adult Ministries, a monthly gathering of older adults for lunch, learning and fellowship.  And leads worship at Hamilton Trace Assisted Living.   
Jenni loves her husband and their two fantastic children, both of whom are in college; she greatly enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking long walks, and reading (both the Word and spy novels).

Custodial Staff


Mark Fielder, Tracy Stebbe, Spencer Tillman, Kierstin Vespo

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Greg Gibson



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Jenica Giffin

Children's Ministry Assistant


Jenica has a passion for leading young children, which is great for Fishers UMC because her roles include overseeing the early childhood ministry (infant through pre-kindergarten), as well as being directly involved in all things children’s ministry related. She also is co-chair of Grace Circle, a small group within United Methodist Women.
Jenica is married to her husband, Chris, has two beautiful daughters, Bailee and Emersyn, and a handsome son, Parker.  She enjoys working in the yard, cheering on her husband’s basketball team, and cycling/running.
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Joyce McKinney

Wedding Coordinator


Jen Miller

Assistant Preschool/MDO Director


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Dave Nelson

Building Maintenance Manager


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Mary K. Patterson

Financial Secretary


Mary K. has a passion for keeping things in order and does so in her responsibilities of counting money from offering and room rentals, etc.  She also generates reports, sends out giving statements and sends thank you’s to memorial donors.  
She has two children and five grandchildren, all living in the Fishers area and loves to read mysteries, and do crossword puzzles.  Mary K. has a heart for serving and does so at the Food Pantry and Good Samaritan.  She also is a Stephen Minister at Fishers UMC and serves on the board of the Fishers Freedom Festival. 
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Diane Renner

Preschool/MDO Director


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Lorie Richards

Multi-Media Coordinator


Lorie has a passion for all things creative, which she is happy to use in her jobs of creating: Worship screens, Promotional materials for events, studies and groups, Atmosphere at the Modern worship service and basically anything staff needs her to make!  She also oversees all things technical such as the website, social media and Fishers UMC App. (Have you downloaded it yet?  Visit your app store on your smart device and search for Fishers UMC)
Lorie is married to the super fantastic Troy and together they have a cute little red headed toddler daughter, who likes to break out into dances with or without music. A few of Lorie’s favorite things include: Disney, Glitter, Crafting and Organizing.
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Troy Richards

Director of Sr. High Ministries & Modern Worship


Troy has a passion for leading sr. high students which comes in handy as he helps Sr. high students connect with Jesus through various activities such as serving projects, times of discussion and different retreats throughout the year. He also leads our 11:00am Modern Worship service in the Family Life Center Gym.
Troy is married to the wonderful, beautiful, incredibly talented, amazing Lorie whom he loves so incredibly much. Together they have a daughter Leah who is also amazing and smart and loves to dive into pillows.

In his spare time Troy likes to dive into stories, whether in movies or reading, he plays music and he writes (he is the author of the ebook Twenty-First Century Parables available at Amazon, iBooks, etc.)
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Liz Simmonds

Director of Jr. High Ministries


Liz has a passion for working with Jr. High students and thinks they are some of the most amazing people on the planet.  She is grateful that God loves her so much that it is her calling to work with them. 
She is in charge of all programming for students in grades 7 & 8 and coordinates learning, serving, & worship opportunities that help students and families as they pursue a deeper understanding of what it means to follow Jesus. 
Liz is married to her best friend and has two amazing teenagers. They enjoy adventures of all kinds as long as they're together. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, a good book, & naps. She loves to watch her little people doing what they love--currently that includes Fire & Water student ministries, Scouts, cross country, football, soccer, & wrestling.  
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Julie Tillman

Office Manager


Julie has a passion for making sure Fishers UMC runs smoothly and efficiently.  Her many roles include paying bills, doing payroll, and working closely with various committees and ministries to provide financial information.  In addition to these and many more responsibilities, Julie also oversees the administrative staff.
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Jennifer Tinsley

Nursery Coordinator


Jennifer has had a passion to work with kids since she was very young and works as our Nursery Coordinator on Sunday mornings (working with infants through age three).  She ensures that each family can have a safe place for their children to stay while their parents are in service. Jennifer is also working towards earning her degree in Early Childhood Development.  
Jennifer is a mother of one daughter, Emily Rose Adair, is engaged to her fiance Zachary and they will be married later on this year. She enjoys art and photography on the side and hopes to one day have a side-business selling crafts she's homemade. 
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Jordan Vaughn

Connections Ministries Coordinator


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Linda Williams

Director Of Traditional Worship and Food Pantry


Linda has a passion for music and helping those in need. That’s why she fits so perfectly in her roles of selecting music for Traditional Worship, and leading the Traditional choir, Handbell choir and Orchestra. She also is the Director of the Fishers UMC Food Pantry where she organizes over 60 volunteers each week, speaks at events about the pantry and helps secure donations.
Linda is married to Steve and enjoys card making, reading and geneology.
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Milt Yakey

Building Maintenance Manager


Milt has a passion for many areas at Fishers UMC!  He serves as primary maintenance person and Building Maintenance Manager and his other off hours ministries include: Leader of Bible studies at the Hamilton County Jail, Singing in the Choir and at Hamilton Trace Worship, Arranging the sayings on the Street Sign, Coordinator of Thanksgiving Dinner for Good News Mission, Active Stephen Minister and Confirmation Mentor. 
Milt also operates a Christmas tree farm, is married, has one adult daughter, lots of hound dogs, and offers help anywhere he perceives a need.