The leadership of ZPC consists of pastors, elders, and deacons. We follow the organizational structure prescribed by the Presbyterian Church (USA), which includes the pastors, Session, and Board of Deacons. In addition to our staff and ordained elders and deacons, many ministry leaders give their time and passion to lead, teach, and serve our members and our community.

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ZPC Session

The session is the governing board of a Presbyterian church made up of a group of women and men who are elected by the congregation to serve three-year terms as the overseers and policy-makers of a church. Areas of oversight include administration, personnel, missions, education, property, finances, evangelism, worship, and the spiritual development of members. The ZPC Session is comprised of called pastors [teaching elders] who are ordained Ministers of the Word and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church [Rev Dr. Jerry Deck and Rev. Scott Shelton] and 12 lay church members who have been elected as ruling elders. 

Our Session meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30–9 pm. Unless an Executive Session is called, these meetings are open to ZPC members and subject to the session's open meeting policy (PDF). Please read this policy prior to attending.

Questions, concerns, and communication from ZPCers are always welcome. Please use the link below to contact an individual session member or email the entire session at one time.

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Session-related documents, including minutes, are available in the ZPC Library. Select documents are also available at the bottom of this page.

Elders Class of 2024

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Jane Burgess

Clerk of Session

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Jane and her husband Claude have been at ZPC since 2002. They have been married for 30 years and have two grown children: Kristin, who is a medical student, and Thomas, who works for Vail Resorts in Keystone, Colorado. Jane states, "We have loved having Kristin and Thomas grow up at ZPC!"

Jane has been a ZPC Deacon previously and also involved in many other ministries  including Mission Action Committee (MAC), Soul Sisters, All-Church Retreat planning, Girls Awakening and Great Banquet, Interfaith Hospitality, several mission trips, Youth Inquirers , VBS Director, Habitat for Humanity, and MOPS mentor mom.

Jane states, "I would love to see our Session leading our congregation with a priority and focus on relationships as we connect with one another and others through both internal and external ministries and opportunities. Now more than ever after the pandemic, we need one another and we need to be a light sharing God’s love to others. I believe that this this is a time in the life of our church, as followers of Christ, that faith, love, and unity should be a priority going forward. Mother Teresa said 'What I can do, you cannot. What you can do, I cannot. But together we do something beautiful for God.'"

Jane's Hidden Talent: She is not afraid of heights, since she bungee jumped off a bridge in New Zealand, she also can teach you how to color code your Calendar Organizer.  

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Craig Olney

Elder, Class of 2024

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Craig has been at ZPC for 17 years. He is married to Christy and they have two sons and two granddaughters. He been involved in Great Banquet, Kairos Prison Ministry, Grace Marriage, Hospitality, Greeter, Missions, and Singles Ministry.

His focus during his time on Session is the building campaign, generosity, adult discipleship and local missions.

Craig's hobbies include: golf, traveling and he's just beginning to play Pickleball.

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Brian Rockensuess

Elder, Class of 2024

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Brian and his wife of 11 years, Stephanie have been at ZPC since 2010. They live in Brownsburg with their three sons: Mason, Griffin, and Landon.

Brian has served on the usher team, volunteered to help load and deliver totes for Shepherd Community Center, and went on a mission trip to Puerto Rico on behalf of ZPC to install water purifiers.

Brian's hobbies: traveling, exercising, and woodworking.

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Darin Stalbaum

Elder, Class of 2024

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Darin and his wife Gretchen have been at ZPC since 2011. He and his wife Gretchen have been married 25 years and have three great children. Luke is at Xavier University, and Kyla and Teagan are at Zionsville High School and Middle School, respectively.

I am currently involved in home group, adult discipleship, and Grace Marriage at ZPC.

Darin’s hobbies: Family time, sports, and outdoor activities, namely hiking and kayaking.

Elders Class of 2025

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Karen Barnes

Elder, Class of 2025

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Karen has been a ZPC member since 1996. She's married to Clay Barnes and they have  2 adult daughters Gracie, and Christina, a Son-in-law Bryan Miller and a teenage son Noah. Karen says "ZPC is my church home and my spiritual family. I consider it an honor to do whatever small service I can to help our church thrive." 

Karen's hobby includes spreading Joy! She loves making “sunshine” gift baskets with her friends to surprise people who need a little extra sunshine on a dreary day. 

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Greg Lanham

Elder, Class of 2025

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Greg has been a member at ZPC since 1997, he's married to Chris and they have two adult daughters Paige and Carley. Greg is the Deputy Chief of Administration, for the Whitestown Fire Department. He's been on countless mission trips to Mexico with Pastor Shelton and has a passion for ZPC mission partners. 

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Laura Nelson

Elder, Class of 2025

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Laura Nelson has been a ZPC member since 2012, she's married to Todd and they have two school age children, a son Bryce, and a daughter Jordan. Laura serves as a physician in Brownsburg her specialties are Internal Medicine and Pediatrics she attended Indiana University School of Medicine. Todd and Laura are active in the Great Banquet Community and have a passion for sharing the love of Christ with all they meet.  

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Samantha (Sam) Spencer

Elder, Class of 2025

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Samantha (“Sam”) Spencer and her husband, Steve, have been married for 15 years.  They have three young children, Henry, David and Amelia (Millie).  Sam and Steve both grew up in Zionsville and would be happy to discuss the best things to do in town. 

After college, Sam served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Indiana University and DePauw University. It was during this period she developed a particular fondness for studying scripture and mentoring others through this journey of faith. Fast forward: after additional schooling, new jobs, and new cities, she maintains much of the same passion. Five years ago, Sam and her family were happy to return to Zionsville and join the ZPC worshipping community. On Sunday mornings, you can find Sam volunteering with the Littles Ministry, negotiating donut quantity with her kids (one donut really is enough), or looking for a new family that is visiting ZPC. She looks forward to meeting you. 

Fun fact:  Sam loves to learn and would be a professional student should the opportunity ever present itself, but school ain’t cheap.

Elders Class of 2026

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Stacey Schafer

Elder, Class of 2026

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Stacey has been a member at ZPC since 2006. She and her husband Matthew have two teenage children: a daughter, Sophia, and a son, Will.

Stacey says, "I chose to serve as an elder of ZPC because I believe this is something God is calling me to do so I may share the many blessings afforded to me with our broader church family and those in our community."

Stacey's Hobbies and Hidden Talent: My favorite hobbies are snow skiing with my family or going for a run on a crisp fall morning. My hidden talent is organizing. I love creating structure out of chaos. 

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Sam Bouchie

Elder, Class of 2026

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Sam and her husband Doug have been at ZPC since 2006. They have three children: Cora, Damon, and Bennett.

Sam says, "I was really led by some friends and fellow ZPC members toward serving as an elder. Many people prayerfully and intentionally encouraged me to be involved as an elder. ZPC and our church family have given so much to us, that I knew it was time to serve and give back!" 

Sam's hidden talent: I love presidential trivia and biographies, and my friends love trying to find a question on the topic to stump me. When I was 5, I memorized the presidents in order from a ruler in my Subway kid’s meal, and enjoy saying them all in “under 15 seconds” as my kids say!  My hobbies include tennis, singing, painting, and board games. 

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Scott Nolan

Elder, Class of 2026

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Scott and his wife Jenni have been at ZPC since 2002. They have four children: Emma, Kellen, Henry, and Brody.

Scott states he signed up to be an elder because he thought he could help.  

Scott's hidden talent: annoying his friends and family. His hobbies include riding bikes and traveling.

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Karyn Dzurisin

Elder, Class of 2026

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Karyn has worshiped at ZPC since 1997. She is married to Steve Wendt and together they have 5 adult children: Abby (spouse Nick)  Siegwarth, Cole Wendt, Alex Wendt, Molly Dzurisin, and Courtney Wendt.

Karyn states she wants to be an elder because or "her gratitude for ZPC and joy to serve our church family."

Karyn's hobbies are: pilates and tennis

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ZPC Deacons

The ZPC Board of Deacons is a group that is ordained to provide hands-on care to our congregation and beyond through Deacon care teams. These teams serve as specialists in their respective areas, mobilizing others to help provide person-to-person care with a goal that every person will know the care and love of God. 

Questions, concerns, and communication from ZPCers are always welcome. To email one of our Deacon Members, please use the link below to contact an individual Deacon or email the entire Deacon Board at one time.

Deacons Class of 2024

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Pam Bierwagen

Deacon, Class of 2024

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Pam and her husband Bob have been at ZPC for 35 years. They have been married for 41 years. They have 5 children; Kristin, Brad, Stacy, Kelsey, and Matt. Brad is married to Karyl and they have two children: Grace, 12, and Norah, 9. Kelsey is married to Rob Kern and they have two children: Ryker, 5, and Rylee, 2. Kristin lives locally. Matt lives in California, and Stacy lives in Australia. Pam says, "we are a crazy bunch when we get together!"

Pam has been involved in many ZPC ministries! Including Food Pantry, Prayer Team, teaching, Hospital Team, Great Banquet, mission trips, and she and Bob are Home Group leaders. 

Regarding how she see's her role at ZPC, Pam states,"to serve the congregation at ZPC and the surrounding community in whatever I am assigned to do. And to join in prayer for our church and community."

Pam's Hobbies: painting, writing, reading, sewing, and taking walks. Pam states, "I love children so very much. I am thrilled to babysit. It brings me great joy. We enjoy crafting, being silly, learning, and doing lots of activities. I like to make things that bring joy to others."

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Jim Croner

Deacon, Class of 2024

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Jim was involved at ZPC for several years a while back. Then, rejoined ZPC in 2017. Jim and his wife Dana were married at ZPC in 1998. They have two adult daughters: Caroline and Rachel.

Jim has served previously as a Sunday school teacher when children were younger; on the Mission Commission Finance team for 4-5 yrs; as a greeter/usher; with Faith Ministry in Mexico short term mission. He has participated in Freebirds and ZPC Men.

Jim says he is interested in "serving our amazing Creator God at ZPC wherever needed."

Jim enjoys family, hiking, tennis, and reading.

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Jennifer Cross

Deacon, Class of 2024

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Jennifer and her husband Pat have been at ZPC since 2001. They've been married for 25 years and have 3 adult children (Lauren, Mitch, and Lily) who are members of ZPC. Jennifer is a community volunteer currently serving on the Zionsville Community Enrichment Grant Committee. During her 20 years at ZPC, she has served as a VBS leader, Sunday school teacher, and a Youth Inquirers small group leader. She has also cherished her time as high school mentor at Great White North in Wisconsin.

Jennifer loves to travel, and is happiest spending time outside hiking, cross country skiing, and biking.
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Leah Haak

Deacon, Class of 2024

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Leah and her husband of 18 years, Tim have been at ZPC since 2002. They have 3 kids, Charlie, Sam, and Allie.

Leah has served as a Sunday school teacher, greeter, and on the Kentucky Mission Trip.

Leah would like to serve wherever there is need especially in the areas of kids and outside missions.

Leah says, "with 3 busy kids, my biggest hobby is watching them play sports and other performances :) I also love cooking and exercising."

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Ann Letchworth

Deacon, Class of 2024

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Ann and her husband Mike have been at ZPC for 9 years. They've been married for almost 47 years. They have 2 married sons; Matt and his wife live in St. Louis with their 2 sons, and Brooks and his wife live in Colorado with their 2 dogs.

Ann is an elder, ordained at a different church. At ZPC, she participates in the Great Banquet; Soul Sisters; MOPS childcare; Usher Team; Home Group; Women’s Gathering discussion leader; server at All Church brunches and Str8Up meals; provided bracelets and jewelry making classes for youth group auction; donated homemade masks to the Food Pantry recipients; and a coffee server in Gathering Space.

Ann states, "I’ve always felt that I have a servant’s heart so I would seek duties that would allow me to be the hands and feet of Christ as much as I am able."

Ann's hobbies: Jewelry making and teaching, flower gardening, some knitting and sewing

Anne Rumple

Deacon, Class of 2024

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Anne has been at ZPC since 2018. She is a single mother of two adult sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law. Aaron, his wife Makenna, and their two dogs, Ollie and Lo, live in Indianapolis. Brian lives in Chicago.

Anne has been involved with IHN hosting; Loose Threads; the Johnson Home Group; set-up for outdoor worship; and various “one call” volunteer opportunities (serve and clean up for Grace Marriage dinners, blood drive donor).

Anne states, "I will continue to try new ministries as opportunities arise. I feel drawn to helping imagine ways to support ZPC fellowship and involvement as a result of the effects of a pandemic-effected world."

Anne's hobbies: crossword puzzles and board games, a rousing family euchre tournament, reading, visiting National Parks, cooking and experimenting with flavor trees in creation of new recipes, and playing with her grandpuppies.

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Claire Shelton

Deacon, Class of 2024

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Claire and her husband Scott have been married since 1995. They have 4 young adult children and a little dog, Dixie. Claire has been served with ZPC Youth Ministry, Missions, Great Banquet, and as a ZPC Elder. Her passions include serving and helping others, especially seniors and through prayer. She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching sports with Scott and their kids!

Gary Stehle

Deacon, Class of 2024

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Gary has been at ZPC for about 20 years. He has a daughter Megan who is at Ball State studying to be a special needs teacher.
His son Brandon attends Zionsville Middle School and loves everything sports.

Over the years, Gary has been involved with Great Banquet, Awakening, and Outreach Indiana. He anticipates his focus while he is a Deacon will be working with Brendon and Elia and the youth programs at ZPC.

Gary's hobbies: watching and playing sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Deacons Class of 2025

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Emily Elmore

Meals Team

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Emily has been at ZPC since 2016. Along with her husband Ryan, they have three young boys; Lucas, Connor, and Graham. 

Emily chose to serve in the meals ministry because during times of excitement or grief, a warm meal from a friend goes a long way. She enjoys bringing care in the form of food to our church community.

Her hidden talent is organization! Emily says, "I love to clean and organize! My kids know that donating the toys and clothes they have outgrow to the community gives me so much joy!"

Lori Hostetler

Deacon, Connection Team

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Lori lives in the Crooked Creek area and became a member of ZPC in 2019. She has past Deacon experience at a Presbyterian Church in Irving, TX. Lori enjoys studying the Word with Monday night Soul Sisters, and in her Home Group and likes to fellowship with the ZPC Second Half Adventurers. She serves with the Kairos and Torch ministries that brings the light of Christ into prisons. Lori helps with VBS and Daddy Daughter Dance at ZPC and looks forward to helping and serving ZPCers in the future through the connections team.

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G-J (Gracia-Jean) Darling

Deacon, Class of 2025

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Megan Deck

Deacon, Class of 2025

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Cheryl London

Deacon, Class of 2025

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Cheryl has been at ZPC since 2018. She's married to Kent and they have 3 young adult children, Courtney, Kyle, and Haley. Cheryl chose to serve as a Deacon because she wanted to serve our church family while supporting our leaders, and to walk alongside those wishing to grow in their understanding of Jesus.  

The hobbies she loves are hiking and gardening. Her new hobby since COVID is yoga!

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Jenni Nolan

Deacon, Class of 2025

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Jenni has been at ZPC since 2002, she's married to Scott and they have 4 Kids, college age Emma, high schooler Kellen, and school age twins, Henry and Brody. She chose to serve in this role as she is a "doer," and being a deacon affords her opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus for our congregation and beyond.

Her hidden talent is that she could beat nearly anyone at a hoola-hooping contest (regular hoola-hooping, none of that trick stuff).

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Melissa Schmidt

Deacon, Class of 2025

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Melissa along with her husband Kevin have been a member of ZPC since 1995.  Melissa is looking forward to being a Deacon because she enjoys serving people by showing love and concern for them during times in need.

As a hobby Melissa enjoys oil painting, and has been taking a class for at least ten years.

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Dale Thomas

Deacon, Class of 2025, Youth and Young Adult Team

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Dale is married to Lynn and they have 2 adult sons, Cole and Trent. He's been at ZPC 33 years less a 6 year hiatus so about 27 years. Dale said yes to being a Deacon with the Young Adult Team because he was looking for a way to serve beyond the Mission Commission Finance Team and being the Shepherd Community Liaison. He was a Cub Master,  Boy Scout Assistant, and coached youth soccer and basketball, so being placed on the Young Adult Team was a great fit!

His hobbies include, golf, writing, and recently he's taken up fly fishing. 

Deacons Class of 2026

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Kelly Brewer

Deacon, Class of 2026

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Kelly and her husband Jordan have been at ZPC since 2017. They have two young boys, Walker and Bodie.

When asked about why she chose to be a Deacon, Kelly states, "ZPC has been there for me spiritually and emotionally as I grow in my faith and raise a family, and I hope to make others feel welcomed and find a home at ZPC!"

Kelly's hidden talents: Baking cookies, running, and being with my boys! 

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Lucas Moser

Deacon, Class of 2026

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Lucas and his wife Beth have been at ZPC since 2021. They have four children: Emerson, Calvin, Marty, and Roz. 

Lucas states he chose to serve because "My parents had always served in church leadership when I was growing up. It was clear that when the church body needs something, you should answer that call. I value these opportunities and want to impress the same into my kids. "

Lucas's hobbies: I enjoy cooking and learning about culture through food. I also enjoy teaching computer science and math part-time at Marian University.

Brad Clark

Deacon, Class of 2026

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Brad and his wife Maggie have been at ZPC since 2018. They have four daughters: Grace, Hannah, Lydia, and Eve.

When asked why he chose to be a deacon, Brad states, "I look forward to using the gifts God has given me to serve ZPC and our community."

Brad enjoys construction projects in his free time.

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Nancy Veazey

Deacon, Class of 2026

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Nancy Veazey joined ZPC in March 2023. She moved to Whitestown in August 2022 from Charleston, WV to be closer to family. Her husband David died in 2013. She has two children: Lynn Wooden and Todd Miller and a foster daughter, Trinette Brady.

Nancy's Talents: She loves working at the Zionsville Food Pantry, bowling, participating in Lion's Club activities, meeting and helping others. She also used to enjoy ceramics and playing volleyball. She states "I thoroughly enjoy watching my grandkids playing sports and I am very family-oriented!"

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Melanie Coy

Deacon, Class of 2026

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Melanie and her husband Trent have been attending ZPC since 2019. They have a daughter, Ella. 

Melanie will be serving with the Community Assistance Ministry. She states, "Being a Deacon is a way to become more involved in a church that has given my family and me a true church home. Being able to give back to that is a true blessing. I am also extremely humbled to be able to assist in our community and spread love."

Melanie's hobbies: "I love to bake, blog, and dance! My hidden talent is party planning."

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Amy Miller

Deacon, Class of 2026

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Amy Miller and her husband Rex recently became members at ZPC. They have a daughter, Emma, who is a school social worker, living in Chicago; a son, Jack, who works with data, also living in Chicago. Their youngest, Sam, is attending Hope College.

Amy's hobbies and hidden talent: "I enjoy outdoor activities, exploring a new city or place, and hanging out with my kids and friends. I am quite accomplished at folding clothes."

Abby Perrin

Deacon, Class of 2026

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Abby Perrin and her husband Andrew have been at ZPC since 2014. They have been married for 18 years. They have Sam, who is in high school and Leah, who is in middle school. Deacon (I think my team is congregational connection?)

Abby will be serving as a Deacon on the Congregational Connection Team. She says, "I chose to serve in this role because I want to connect with people in our congregation through serving them and supporting them.

Abby's hobby: I sew loveys for the babies at my NICU where I work as an RN.

Moderator of the Board of Deacons

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Mike E Ellis

Moderator of the Board of Deacons

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Mike and his wife Beth have been attending ZPC since 2002. Mike prays that God would continue to fill us to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, so that we “spill” over into others’ lives….daily.

Mike's Hidden Talent: is TOP secret!

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