Leadership & Staff

 

Church Leadership
Rev. Marcus J. Mackay
Senior Pastor 

Pastor Marcus Mackay

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Rev. Mackay was installed as Senior Pastor for Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church LCMS December 9, 2018.  Rev. Mackay’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University, WI, and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He spent three years at Friends in Christ Lutheran Church in Bryant, Arkansas, and then eleven years as Sole/Senior Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Hastings, NE. Mackay and his family reside in Zionsville, IN.  He is married to wife Jena and they have four sons:  Malachi, Matthias, Micah, and Marc. In a message to the congregation regarding his work, Mackay quoted John 15:16 – Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
Rev. James M. Grady
Assistant Pastor 

Pastor James Grady

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Rev. Grady was installed as Assistant Pastor for Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church LCMS in late 2017.  “Jim” is a lifelong Lutheran who, after an 18 year career as a critical care nurse, left to answer a call to the ministry.  “Jim” finished his studies at the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne in 2017. Pastor Grady was ordained and installed as Advent Lutheran’s Assistant Pastor thereafter.  In addition to his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, he was ordained in August of 2017 as a general Pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Jim and his wife, Debbie have been married over 25 years and live in Noblesville, IN. Together they have two daughters, Megan and Natalie, who both recently graduated college. 
Adrienne Brandon
Office Manager

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Adrienne Brandon joined Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church and School Staff in 2021 as the new Office Manager and Administrative Assistant. Previously, Adrienne had a background in Operations & Office Management in the Hospitality, Tourism, Sports and Events industry with additional sidework of website and small business developement.  Adrienne married her husband Tim in September of 2017. Tim and Adrienne are blessed with two boys, Elliott born in 2019 and Everett born in 2022.  Together they reside in Noblesville, IN.
Phil Lehman
Kantor & Organist
Phil Lehman
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After serving other churches in Indianapolis and South Carolina, Phil returned to Advent Lutheran Church in 2007. In addition to playing for services, Phil assists Deb Trewartha with the Youth, accompanies the Choirs, and is our dedicated Wedding Organist. He also applies his computer skills by recording and posting services here on the Advent Website. Phil is active in the American Guild of Organists and other organizations, and has earned many credentials in the area of Piano, Theory, Organ Performance, Liturgy, Worship and Choral Music. 
Jen Siukola
Deaconess
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Jen Siukola was installed as Deaconess for Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church LCMS August 14, 2022. Prior to her installation, Jen and her family have been faithful members and serve on various committees. Jen has been interning at Advent and accepted her call in late June 2022. Since completing her doctorate in trumpet performance/music theory and composition, Jen has been actively performing, teaching, and writing. Her debut album “Lighthouse Reverie,” was released in June of 2017. She recently finished furthering her education at the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne in 2022.  She is married to husband Dave and they have a daughter Lily. Together they reside in Carmel, IN. 
 
School Leadership
Rev. Aaron A. Schultz
Headmaster & Associate Pastor
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Rev. Schultz was installed as Headmaster & Associate Pastor for Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church LCMS July 16, 2022. Aaron’s educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he has faithfully taught in Lutheran Schools for 10 years. He recently finished furthering his education at the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne in 2022. Pastor Schultz was ordained on Sunday, June 19th in his hometown and installed at Advent thereafter. He is married to wife Katie and they have four sons:  Canon, Ben, Sam and Augustine. Together his family reside in Indianpolis, IN. 
Deb Trewartha
Director of Choirs & Preschool 
Deb Trewartha
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Deb has been involved in church work since 1988 when she left her position of 7 years as director of the Zionsville High School Choral Department to start a family while accepting the position of Music Director at Messiah Lutheran Church in Indianapolis.  She began her work at Advent in 1997 as the Director of Youth Music. In 2000, when Advent decided to open a Preschool, Deb was hired as Preschool Director.  Deb holds a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music Education from Depauw University and a Master’s Degree from Butler University . She and her husband Kevin have 3 children and reside in Zionsville , IN.
Officers & Boards

Officers

  • Chairman – Monte Weimer
  • Vice Chairman – Craig Dykstra
  • Secretary – Margaret Halvorsen
  • Financial Secretary – Ashley Bergman
  • Treasurer – Paul Borth
  • School Treasurer – Heidi Fordice

Board Chairs

  • Board of Elders – Steve Vogtman
  • Board of Trustees – Craig Anderson
  • Board of Evangelism – 
  • Board of Education – 
  • Board of Missions – 
  • Board of Fellowship – Joel Davis
  • Board of Stewardship – Dan Latimer
  • School Board – Keith Mundrick
Board of Elders
 
  • Donald Hahn
  • Tom Mass
  • Pete Dooms
  • Steve Vogtman
  • Larry Hoffman
  • Bill Bussing
  • Matt Comer
  • Keith Mundrick
  • Rod Hofts
Board of Trustees
 
  • Craig Anderson
  • Diane Schaaf
  • Eric Brauer
  • Jeff Burleson
  • Pat Winterstein
  • Rich Royal
  • Jerry Munk
Board of Fellowship
 
  • Joel Davis
  • Mary Davis
  • Katie Krock
  • Barb Novak
  • Susan Hoback
  • Daisy Irving
  • Kathy Campbell
Board of Evangelism
 
  • Mark Harris
  • Anne Harris
  • Holly Barrineau
Board of Missions
 
  • Dave Longworth
  • Kay Longworth
  • Carol Ryan
  • Charles Crane
  • Janet Crane
  • Becky Davis
Board of Stewardship
 
  • Dan Latimer
  • Jon Silverberg
  • Evan Bergman
Early Childhood Board
 
  • Linda Harris
  • Catherine Casciani
  • Kathy Pickering
  • Heidi Fordice
  • Daisy Irving
School Board
 
  • Keith Mundirck
  • Heidi Fordice
  • Joyce Pixley
  • Susan Sitkowski
  • Tom Hoback
  • Megan Grady
  • Ed Davis
Board of Education
 
  • Megan Dooms
  • Stephanie Hall
  • Amy Hodges
  • Miranda Harris