Pastor Rob Fuquay was appointed the fifth senior pastor of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in 2011. Rob has led growing congregations in a variety of settings for several decades. Before moving to Indianapolis, Rob was the senior pastor of Williamson’s Chapel UMC in Mooresville, NC.
Rob graduated from Pfeiffer College (now Pfeiffer University), in 1984, with a B.A. in Religion, and Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in 1987, with a M.Div. degree.
Rob has written The God We Can Know, a 7-week study designed for the entire congregation to explore the “I Am” sayings of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. And more recently he wrote the book, Take the Flag, Following God’s Signals in the Race of Your Life, which finds symbolism in NASCAR’s racing flags and applies them on the course of your faith journey.
Rob and his wife, Susan, have three daughters: Julie, Sarah and Anna. He loves the mountains, hiking, playing golf, attending his daughters’ activities, exercising, traveling, and watching college basketball (yes, both Duke AND Butler!).
Eric joins the staff from Nashville, Tenn., where he attended Vanderbilt Divinity School, and helped launch a small group ministry for a large United Methodist congregation. You'll know Eric when you see him. He's the tall guy in the bow tie. He really likes coffee.
This Michigan native and Ivy Leaguer is happy to be back in the Midwest and working side-by-side with his wife in ministry. With three young children, he is looking forward to working with families at various milestone events so that deep connections are encouraged and strengthened within our congregation!
Chef Joseph learned his craft from his mother as a child and his passion for food and hospitality has grown with the years. His coat of many colors includes husband, father, pastor, teacher, world traveler, camper and chef. Yum, yum is the word on the street - taste and you will agree!
Born a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (Columbus, IN), Dave is drawn to the adventures of flying with his pilot's license, SCUBA diving and of course, law enforcement. Dave has owned a multi-state alarm, security and investigations company that employed nearly 3,000 people. Along with being the current Chief of Police for Elizabethtown, his wife and son can surely attest that he is a well-known prankster.
Brandon and his wife Sarah are the proud parents of their beloved rescue dog, Nox, who is basically an old man that loves to nap! Brandon grew up in Sheridan, IN (which is where he met his wife) and most recently worked at a local Hebrew congregation. Being a huge nerd is something he takes great pride in, and he and a friend have attended every single midnight premiere of a Marvel Movie since Avengers!
Originally from the Midwest, Elyse is happy to be back! She is a mom of four, educator, and enjoys all things coffee related. She is passionate about connecting families as they grow in their faith and experience God's love!
Born and raised in Dallas with 5 siblings, Sarah graduated from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Special Education). She will gladly show you pics of her cat, Charles, if you ask and has a collection of unique coffee mugs to help her facilitate her love of coffee. This girl has also been to the pyramids at Giza twice and can probably sing any Disney princess song on command!
Natalie grew up in Muncie, attended Ball State, earning her degree in Elementary and Special Education. She moved to Indy in 2007 where she met my husband, Matt. Running a daycare in her home allows her to be home with her 4 and 6 year old daughters. The rare moments she is not caring for children, you can find watching medical dramas or Friends on TV.
Keeping everyone "in the loop" about the goings-on at St. Luke’s is Deleath’s primary goal. The secondary goal is to enable the enrichment of spiritual lives through the ensuing involvement and participation in a myriad of opportunities. If all of this can be done with good humor, even better!
A Miami University grad, Karen joins the staff of St. Luke's with over 15 years of elementary education experience and over 30 years of involvement in various music activities. She is a wife and mother of 3 strong-willed daughters and a very energetic dog. IKEA is her happy place and she is affectionately known to her friends and family as the "Dancing Queen!"
Born and raised in Indianapolis and the United Methodist Church, Donita is a Developmental Play Therapist and has always been involved in church music, including playing with Wesleyan Ringers for over 10 years. She really enjoys the kids and families and looks forward to a second secret career as an aeronautical engineer and solving the world peace issue. She also has a vivid imagination!
Amy Thornburg is excited to continue her role as the Jubilation Choir Director and to assist the Children's Music department at St. Luke's however needed. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in music education, Amy lived on both coasts teaching musical theatre, acting, voice, piano and early childhood music classes while pursuing her own vocal and acting careers. After a decade away from Indiana, it turns out there is no place like home. She has been in Indianapolis teaching out of her own private music studio in Carmel since 2010 and assisting with the St. Luke's Children's Music program since the spring of 2016. She is at her best when she is teaching music to children, directing children's musical theatre and when she is singing. She is so excited to continue building positive relationships with her current St Luke's families and looks forward to meeting new ones!
Heather's hope is that every student can find a safe and fun environment at St. Luke's where they can grow in friendship with God and one another. The most important people who make this ministry happen are our passionate volunteer leaders! Heather loves to talk about her one-eyed cat, her husband, and her hometown of St. Louis.
Dr. Laura Krell is originally a pastor’s kid from Pennsylvania. Her love for music started early singing in the church choir and playing the drums with the church praise team. Laura came to Indiana to attend Indiana Wesleyan University and finished her doctorate in Music Performance at Ball State. While earning her degree, Laura led music in churches, taught music in elementary schools, directed community choirs and performed/directed in local theaters. Laura also has performed several operatic and music theater roles, her favorites being the Queen of the Night from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Miss Scarlet in Clue the Musical.
Dr. Krell loves working with kids and the arts, and has directed/written several musical theater shows, and led small rock-band ensembles for middle school and high school students. She is very excited to work with the young people at St. Luke’s and share her love for music, the arts, and her Faith!