Meet the staff

Rev. Steve Conger, Senior Pastor

317.253.3237 ext. 16 or sconger@meridianstreet.org

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Rev. Steve Conger, Senior 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) who lives in Chicago.  Lindsey (IU) who lives in Los Angeles and Haley (IU) who lives in Quilpe, Chile.  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.  A trip to Chile is needed while Haley is still there.

Rev. Matt Landry, Associate Pastor

317.253.3237 ext. 20 or mlandry@meridianstreet.org

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Rev. Matt Landry, Associate Pastor

Pastor Matt started with Meridian Street in July of 2015 as the Associate Pastor. Prior to coming to Meridian Street, Matt served as Pastor of Winamac First United Methodist Church in Winamac, IN and as Associate Pastor of Amlin United Methodist Church in Columbus, OH.

Before entering into pastoral ministry, Matt served as the youth pastor at Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, OH and Saint Joseph United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, IN. Matt was ordained an Elder in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2013. He has also served as a missionary around the nation, Guatemala, and the Philippines. 

Education: University of Saint Francis, B.S. in Business Administration; Methodist Theological School in Ohio, M. Div. 

Tell us about your family: My wife, Candace, and I were married in 2008. We met each other while serving as missionaries in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. While we both grew up in Indiana, I decided to participate in a mission trip that Candace’s home church was sponsoring. It was through that connection that we met while serving in New Orleans. I suppose the rest is history. 

What do you like to do?  I love to travel around the world. I have been blessed with many opportunities to explore our beautiful planet. Most recently I travelled to Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia in southern Africa. In the past I have traveled to the Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala twice, South Korea, Japan, Ireland, the UK, France, and Italy. I never turn down an opportunity to learn about culture and different nations through travel!

Keisha Boger, Financial Secretary

317.253.3237 ext. 13 or kboger@meridianstreet.org

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Keisha Boger, Financial Secretary

Keisha has been a member of Meridian Street since 2011, shortly after she moved to the neighborhood.  Keisha earned her B.S. in Business (accounting, finance) from Indiana University.  She has worked in public accounting for ten years advising small business owners and non-profit organizations.  Keisha served as CFO for a franchised group of fitness centers for two years before joining the Meridian Street staff. 

Keisha is married to Aric and they have a young foster son, Blake.  They are sports enthusiasts, especially for the Hoosiers!  Keisha joined the Chancel Bells choir in 2013 despite never playing an instrument or knowing how to read music.  Being graciously received as a newbie into the much experienced handbell choir is a testament to the warm hospitality at Meridian Street!  Keisha is thrilled to be further welcomed into the Meridian Street community as the financial secretary.

Elisa Deer, Director of Children's Education

317.253.3237 ext. 14 or edeer@meridianstreet.org

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Elisa Deer, Director of Children's Education

Elisa has been connected with Meridian Street for many years, first serving as Director of the Children’s Day In programs for 15 years and now in her current position as Director of Children’s Education. 

Education: Elisa is a graduate of Butler University. Go Dawgs!

What is the best part about your role at Meridian Street?
T
he relationships I have with the families help keep me young and energized.  I love that what I do makes a difference in the lives of the kids that are a part of my ministry.  Kids and Jesus – there’s nothing better in life. 

Tell us about your family:
I met my husband, Dave, at a fraternity party our sophomore year in college.  We have two grown children. Aaron is a web designer for an organic food company in Berkeley, CA and Alice is an event manager for Interactive Intelligence here in Indianapolis. 

If you didn’t live in Indiana, where would we find you?
The mountains around Ashville, North Carolina or Big Sur, California.  I’m not a beach person.

The top five things always in my fridge:
Asian sweet chili sauce, more fresh vegetables than fruit, fontina cheese, jar of minced garlic and unsalted butter

What else do you like to do?
I love to garden, playing in the dirt is one of my favorite things.  I also love to try new recipes on unsuspecting friends and have been known to read as many as five books a month.   

e-mail: edeer@meridianstreet.org

Dani Campbell, Dir. Youth & University Ministries

317.253.3237 ext. 25 or dcampbell@meridianstreet.org

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Dani Campbell, Dir. Youth & University Ministries

  • I recently got married.
  • I love soccer and football.(GO PACK GO)
  • I am learning to love running.
  • I have two puppies, Bella and Ditka. I adore them and adhere to the rule that no outfit is complete without a little dog hair on it. 
  • Flamingos are by far my favorite animal, I have plenty in my office. Feel free to come visit!
  • I dreamed of being a youth ministry director when I was in 8th grade. I am so happy that my dreams have come true.
  • I love working with youth and helping them figure out their own faith.
  • I graduated from USI with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology.

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.

Peggy Marshall, Director of Music Ministries

317.253.3237 ext. 19 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

Mary Sue McAlister, Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

317.253.3237 ext 15 or mmcalister@meridianstreet.org

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Mary Sue McAlister, Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Sue has been a member of Meridian Street since 1981. After graduating from Indiana University she worked for PNC Financial Services for over 30 years before changing directions in 2013. As our administrative assistant she provides support for the pastors 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. 

She has been a member or chairperson of many committees at Meridian Street over the years and also plays with the Chancel Bells. In addition to her work at Meridian Street, she is the program director for Soup’s On at Roberts Park UMC, a soup kitchen in downtown Indianapolis that serves a hot meal to those in need on Sundays at noon, and also serves at the wedding coordinator for Roberts Park.

Mary Sue is married to Phil and has two grown boys. One is a chef in Portland, OR and the other works as the Director of Social Media at WFYI. She is Assistant Director of the Indy Winds Flute Choir and also plays with the St. Mark’s UMC Orchestra as well as occasionally playing during worship services at Meridian Street.

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.

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

Raina Wood, Organist

31-253-3237 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 Ashville, 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.