Janet Brinkworth

Executive Assistant to the Bishop

Supporting Bishop Jennifer’s ministry by managing her appointments, correspondence and public event schedule.

Maintaining clergy records and serving as Clerk of Executive Council.

Managing background checks for bishop’s staff and the diocesan household.

“I find value and hope in my work as I assist the Bishop in doing as much as possible to serve the Diocese and all its people. There is an energy and excitement that I feel from people I interact with, those who come in the office or contact me, as well as the Diocesan staff. I am gratified to know that the people in the Diocese have a wide variety of dreams and passions and we all are a community united.”

Kim Christopher

Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper

Supporting all financial functions of the diocese, including bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, medical billing, tracking payment for all diocesan reimbursements and billing.

Event planning for all diocesan events and overseeing registration systems.

“I don’t feel that working for the diocese is so much of a job as it is my ministry. I love what I do and every day is different. I have never worked at a place where my wellness is as important as the work I do. I feel so blessed to be a part of this team.”

John Gedrick

Resource Development Officer

Identifying fundraising priorities, crafting a strong case for support, and working with clergy and congregations to develop awareness of diocesan fundraising and planned giving opportunities.

Working with the Canon of the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism to provide support and resources to congregations for financial stewardship.

“When I recently walked into Christ Church, bedecked in my clerical finery, no less, for the service on Holy Tuesday, a man, disheveled and apparently homeless, was walking out. His presence there is a fruit of the radical hospitality of the sanctuary the Church provides. That ancient function was, is, and will continue to be bold witness to the world that widows and orphans are not to be forgotten.”

Melissa Hickman

Program Director: Pathways to Vitality

Oversight of the Pathways to Vitality project, an initiative supported by the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address the Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders

Develops and implements program, communications and fundraising strategies to enhance parish vitality and financial literacy in the diocese.

Provides project management support to the Ministerial Excellence Fund that awards grants to clergy and their families experiencing financial crisis and stress. 

I see radical welcome and bold witness all around me in small but significant expressions of hospitality.  From a gracious welcome on Sunday morning to witnessing the fellowship among our Pilot Parish Vitality Team Members over a simple meal, God is profoundly present.”

Victoria Hoppes

Waycross Program Director / Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries with and for Youth

Providing oversight and support for the Youth Steering Committee and diocesan youth ministry programming.

Serving as a resource and support to youth leaders and parish youth ministries.

At Waycross, directing summer camp operations and year-round programming.

“I see radical welcome and bold witness in the Diocese of Indianapolis through the passion, faith, and energy of our young people and the leaders who work with them. The evangelism that happens in parish youth ministries, at diocesan youth events and during summer camp shows the love of Christ not only to the youth who are involved, but also to the communities that form them.”

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale

Canon to the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism

Supporting clergy and lay leaders in developing creative strategies to observe how God is moving in the communities they serve and to faithfully respond.

Overseeing the business and finance operations of the diocese.

“I find value and hope in my work as I assist the Bishop in doing as much as possible to serve the Diocese and all its people. There is an energy and excitement that I feel from people I interact with, those who come in the office or contact me, as well as the Diocesan staff. I am gratified to know that the people in the Diocese have a wide variety of dreams and passions and we are a community united.”

Jennifer Phelps

Consultant for Transition Ministry

Managing transitions within the diocese, including clergy deployment, working closely with wardens, vestries, and search committees.

Overseeing the discernment process for Holy Orders, working closely with the Commission on Ministry.

Serving as the bishop’s liaison to interim clergy; conducting searches for coaches and consultants; and assisting clergy in transition.

“I get energy and purpose from walking with congregations and people in transition. Transition can be a period of such honesty and hope: a reconciliation of who we are and God’s promise of what we can be. It my privilege to work with the people in this diocese – the Bishop and her staff, the search committees, vestries and congregations, the clergy, and those inquirers and postulants who are discerning their call.”

Erinna Vandever

Receptionist

Providing a presence to receive communication from the diocesan constituency and connect callers and visitors with the resources and people to respond to their needs, questions, and concerns.

“After contemplating a drastic change in location and career, I was searching to work for a non-profit where my work serves to help on a larger scale and in a meaningful way for myself and others. I was also in search of a work environment where we not only care about the work we are doing, but also about each other. The Diocese of Indianapolis has allowed me to find all of those things.”

Fatima Yakubu-Madus

Missioner for Community Engagement

Supporting diocesan and cathedral projects and programs that identify community needs and ministry opportunities.

Developing resources, partnerships, and leaders for community engagement.

“The things that excite me about my work are active engagement in public policy advocacy, joining others to give voice to the voiceless; listening and facilitating discussions with parishes as they seek to explore ways in reaching out and working with their communities.”