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

Administrator of Accounts and Events

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.”

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.”

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

Transition Minister

Transitions bring opportunities to redefine our futures … and also a lot of anxiety. It is a privilege to work with people and congregations courageously engaging to determine their next chapters and discern how God has called them to serve in our world. It is a joy to do this work in the Diocese of Indianapolis.

Mary Taflinger

Missioner for Pastoral Care

Assisting the bishop in providing care to diocesan lay leaders, clergy, and their families, including pastoral conversation, prayer support, referrals and hospital visits.

“The parishes of the Diocese of Indianapolis are full of hopeful and compassionate people and I feel privileged to assist the Bishop in providing pastoral care to leaders in the Diocese. My heart in ministry has always been in pastoral care – walking with people in transition and loss, in new beginnings and when the way forward is not particularly clear. I am happy to be of support to folks in the midst of personal, family, or vocational challenges and to help them discover the grace of the moment and resources that can help sustain them through the seasons.”

Kristin Uffelman White

Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development and Leadership

Fostering congregational vitality
Support innovative ministry in our communities
Overseeing congregational transitions

“What a rich blessing it is, to come alongside people seeking to connect with one another and with God, as we equip ourselves to offer radical welcome and bold witness to a world that so deeply needs the good news we have to share.”

Erinna Vandever

Administrator of Hospitality and Data

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.”