Meet the staff

Rev. Steve Conger, Lead Pastor

317.253.3237 ext. 116 or sconger@meridianstreet.org

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Rev. Steve Conger, Lead Pastor

Pastor Steve started with Meridian Street in July of 2016.  Prior to that Steve has served as Pastor of Ridge UMC in Munster, Simpson UMC in Fort Wayne, Pretty Lake Trinity in Plymouth and was founding pastor of Celebration UMC in Warsaw.

Pastor Steve is passionate about the community that he lives in and finds ways to get engaged in making the community better.  Most recently he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Munster Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Children of Abraham, Hartsfield Village Board of Directors, Hospice of the Calumet, Munster Rotary Club, and a Munster Police Chaplain.

Education: Northern Illinois University, BA in History and Political Science; Duke Divinity School, M. Div.

Family: Nancy and I met at Duke University in 1983 and were married in 1986.  I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago and Nancy from North Carolina.  We have three daughters: Jessica (graduate of Butler) husband Sam, and daughter Hattie live in Chicago;  Lindsey (IU) also lives in Chicago and Haley (IU) who lives in Peoria, IL.  We also have a Shu Tzu named Zeke at home.

Favorite things: Nancy and I both enjoy running.  She has run 10 marathons (including Boston twice) and I have completed 2.  Today we stick to half marathons, and I spend the entire race chasing her.  I also enjoy the occasional game of golf.  Nancy and I love to travel.  I have been blessed to have visited Israel a dozen times, and also have been to Jordan, Mexico, much of the Caribbean, and New Zealand.  

Rev. Mary Dicken, Pastor of Mission and Discipleship

317-253-3237 ext. 120 or mdicken@meridianstreet.org

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Rev. Mary Dicken, Pastor of Mission and Discipleship

Pastor Mary began serving at Meridian Street in July of 2019. She is a native “hoosier” (born in Indianapolis) and ordained as a deacon in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mary has served churches throughout southern Indiana and, most recently, in Murfreesboro, TN. She is passionate about connecting the church with the hurts and hopes of the world, creating space for sacred questions, and making room for people who have not always felt comfortable or welcome in the church.

 

Things to Know about Mary: In addition to her vocation as clergy, Mary is also a professional harpist and continues to perform with orchestras and chamber groups, as well as a soloist. She is an animal lover and brings her dog Lexus and cat Schroeder up to Indianapolis with her. She said goodbye to her backyard chickens in Tennessee but may welcome some baby chicks into her menagerie once settled in Indy. Mary loves traveling, hiking, growing food, and drinking coffee. She’s an eight on the Enneagram.

 

Education: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (graduate theological studies); University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM); Miami University (BM)

Peggy Marshall, Director of Music Ministries

317.253.3237 ext. 117 or pmarshall@meridianstreet.org

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Peggy Marshall, Director of Music Ministries

Peggy coordinates all the music for Meridian street, including the weekly worship and the special music programs and worship services. She served as Director of Music, Youth and Education of a Methodist Church in Salem, Mo before attending Graduate School in Boulder, Co.  She has since served in Methodist churches in Colorado, Iowa, and Indiana.   

Education: Peggy graduated from Central Methodist College in 1983 with a degree in Vocal and Piano Performance. 

What is the best part about your role at Meridian Street
Working with wonderful staff, fabulous volunteers, talented musicians. . . and all while I get to do the thing I love most  - praise God while making music!

What is your greatest memory?
. . .the day my son was born.

What is your favorite book?
There are too many to choose just one.

What else do you like to do?
I like to read mystery novels, hike, camp, and spend time with the people I love.

e-mail: pmarshall@meridianstreet.org

Bethany Scott, Minister of Families and Neighborhood Outreach

317.253.3237 ext. 114 or bscott@meridianstreet.org

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Bethany Scott, Minister of Families and Neighborhood Outreach

I am excited to join the fellowship of Meridian Street United Methodist Church and serve as the Minister of Families and Neighborhood Outreach! I have lived in Indianapolis for three years and am a resident of Butler Tarkington. I recently graduated from Christian Theological Seminary with my Master of Divinity. 

My passions in ministry include encouraging people to love God and others, starting with realizing our identity as beloved children of God. I like to help people of all ages discover and utilize their own God-given gifts. I love teaching and also love listening. You all know your church better than I do, so I hope you will share with me about the history of the church, as well as your hopes for the future. I am honored to get to work with the kids, families, and neighborhood of Meridian Street UMC. I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Leigh Heydenburg, Minister of Youth and Young Adults

317-253-3237 ext. 125 or lheydenburg@meridianstreet.org

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Leigh Heydenburg, Minister of Youth and Young Adults

Leigh began serving the church as a Minister of Youth and Young Adults in July, 2019. She was born in Ann Arbor, MI and grew up attending First United Methodist Church Ministries and youth programs. She gained experience at Michigan State University mentoring students and planning various activities and events. She has been in Tennessee for the previous four years working for State Farm helping customers achieve their needs and interests. She is passionate about spreading Jesus’s love and doctrine and building strong relationships in the community through fellowship and service.

Education: Leigh graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a degree in Animal Science.

Family: My husband’s name is Matt Heydenburg and we met in school at Michigan State University. He is a veterinarian at Noah’s Animal Hospital. We are both pleased to be able to be involved with the church.

Hobbies: My husband and I enjoy everything outdoors from camping to hiking to kayaking. I also enjoy horseback riding, traveling and reading.

Billy Burgin, Financial Secretary

317-253-3237 ext. 113 or bburgin@meridianstreet.org

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Billy Burgin, Financial Secretary

Billy began serving at Meridian Street in June 2019.  He was born and raised in Indianapolis and now lives in Greenwood with his wife Kara and 3 daughters (Olivia, Ella, and Lucy). Billy worked in the financial services industry for 10 years before feeling a call from God to serve His church and people. Billy serves as shepherding elder at his home church. He is passionate about ministering to people in the spiritual and financial aspects of their lives.

Education: Indiana Wesleyan University (Master of Science Accounting); Indiana University (Bachelor of Science)

Hobbies:  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and playing piano and guitar.

Mary Sue McAlister, Administrative Assistant

317.253.3237 ext 115 or mmcalister@meridianstreet.org

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Mary Sue McAlister, Administrative Assistant

Mary Sue has been a member of Meridian Street since 1981. As our administrative assistant she provides administrative support for the pastors, staff, and the ministries of the church and as volunteer coordinator she organizes volunteers for church needs ranging from Sunday morning greeters and coffee hour hosts to all church events such as JuneFest.

Mary Sue is a graduate of Indiana University. She worked for PNC Financial Services for over 30 years, primarily in residential mortgage production and marketing, before deciding to work in a different area. She is a former program director of Soup's On at Roberts Park. Mary Sue is married to Phil and has two grown boys. She is a flutist and is assistant director of the Indy Winds Flute Choir and also plays with the Indianapolis Municipal Band and the St. Mark's UMC Orchestra. She enjoys knitting, reading, and going to symphony concerts with Phil, and spending time with friends and family.

Raina Wood, Organist

317-253-3237 ext. 128 or rwood@meridianstreet.org

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Raina Wood, Organist

Raina Wood, Organist

Raina comes to Meridian Street from Church Street United Methodist in Knoxville, Tennessee where she was the Organist / Music Associate for 13 years. Raina is a wonderful organist, as you will hear on any given Sunday.

Education: Raina graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music in organ and piano performance. Raina went on to earn her Master of Sacred Music in organ performance from Emory University in Atlanta.  Raina is also an accomplished violinist and enjoys ballet.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Asheville, North Carolina.

What you like best about your role at Meridian Street
Well, of course, playing and talking to the people.

What else do you like to do?
I like reading, walking, and baking.

Miriam Wells-Metelko, Chancel Bells and Youth Ringers

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Miriam Wells-Metelko, Chancel Bells and Youth Ringers

Miriam is the founding director of the handbell ministry at Meridian Street.  The handbell program is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011.  She conducts the Chancel Bells for adults, the Short-Term Choir for teenagers and adults, and the Youth Ringers for grades seven through twelve.  Under her direction the Chancel Bells have played Christmas music at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and evening candlelight concerts at the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Miriam has a BA in music education from Anderson University and a MA from Ball State University.  She also teaches music at The Orchard School.

Beth Larner, Gospel Ringers

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Beth Larner, Gospel Ringers

Beth directs our Gospel Ringers for children in grades three through six. She has been attending MSUMC since she was a student at Butler University. Beth has a master's degree in elementary education and currently teaches math at The Orchard School. She was one of the founding members of the Chancel Bells 15 years ago. She also enjoys solo and ensemble ringing.

Christy Whaley, Director Children's Day In

317.253.0472 or cwhaley@meridianstreet.org

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Christy Whaley, Director Children's Day In

Christy was promoted to director of CDI in 2007.  Her professional experience includes eight years teaching in the Warren Township Schools in preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade. 

Education: Christy graduated from Indiana University with a dual BS degree in early childhood and primary education.  Christy has also completed graduate work in the areas of reading recovery, cognitive coaching and reading comprehension. 

What’s the best part about your role at Meridian Street?
The best part about my role is welcoming all of the young families to Meridian Street, especially the first time parents.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I volunteer with my kids’ school and sporting activities and try to find time to run and workout. 

Phone: 317.253.0472

e-mail: cwhaley@meridianstreet.org

Mandi Gondol, Wedding Coordinator

317-253-3237 or mgondol@meridianstreet.org

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Mandi Gondol, Wedding Coordinator

Mandi is originally from Indianapolis, IN and currently lives in Carmel with her husband, Jeremy and four-year old son, Connor.  She is a long-time member of MSUMC and was married in the church in 2014. 

 

Mandi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, a Business minor and a German foreign language minor from Indiana University.   She has 20 years of professional experience in the public and private sector.  She began her career with the academic affairs department at the NCAA, later held positions with Simon Property Group, has worked in operations for the motorsports industry and most recently in the financial industry as an agency office manager. 

 

She enjoys being a classroom mom and Board member at her son's preschool.  Her other hobbies include golfing, reading, hiking, swimming and travel.  She also enjoys sporting events especially rooting on her Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts and Pacers!

Frank Gossett, Building Superintendent

317-253-3237 ext. 122 or fgossett@meridianstreet.org

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Frank Gossett, Building Superintendent

Frank grew up in Indianapolis, graduating from North Central High School in 1981. He was in the U.S. Army from 1982 – 1998 and attended Lincoln Tech. He has an 8 year-old son, Isaiah, and the two of them love to go fishing together. In fact, he's been known to catch over 35 large bluegills in one weekend!

Jody Clay, Custodian

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Jody Clay, Custodian

Jody has been the Custodian at Meridian Street since 1987. He has many fond memories of all the members he has gotten to know through the years. When not taking care of the church, Jody loves to root on his beloved Indianapolis Colts!