Rev. Diane Shockley Spleth
Diane began her ministry as Allisonville’s senior minister in late January of 2012. She served as senior minister at Franklin Central Christian Church for the last seven years. Before graduating from seminary, Diane taught middle and high school English and language arts in Texas and Indiana. She attended Brite Divinity School and Christian Theological Seminary, graduating from the latter with an MDiv. Her undergraduate is from IU South Bend. Diane is married to Rev. Rick Spleth and is the mother of two adult children and proud grandmother of three.
Rev. Doug Collins
Doug joined our community as associate minister in January of 2017 after receiving his B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Eureka College and a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Doug's passion for ministry is rooted in the arts, social justice, and progressive spirituality. His main roles at ACC are pastoral care, overseeing the Christian Education and Spiritual Formation programs, youth group, church growth, and serving as a liaison to our preschool. An Oregon native, Doug enjoys biking, camping, graphic and web design, and playing the piano.
Rev. Joyce Coalson
Pastoral Care Associate
Joyce is a retired Disciples of Christ minister. During her active career, she served in a variety of ministries including 18 years at the General Offices of the Christian Church, in the Division of Homeland Ministries, primarily as the Vice President for Leadership and Ministry. She has served as an interim minister in the Women in Interim Ministries program, as a hospice chaplain and as pastor of two congregations—one in Fort Erie, Ontario and another in Smartsburg, Indiana. Joyce serves part-time at ACC, making pastoral calls to those either homebound or in the hospital. She and her husband Bob have one son, Jonathan.
Ruth comes to Allisonville Christian Church after fifteen years of organization and program management in the arts, most recently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A hobbyist musician herself, Ruth has played euphonium and handbells over the years and is currently learning cello alongside her daughters. Ruth's husband, Josh, is the Band and IT Director at St. Monica School. Their younger daughter Greta is 6, wildly creative, and loves to sing. Ava, 10, is crazy about dogs, and enjoys playing Minecraft and other games with her friends. If Ruth looks a little familiar, some of you may know her from University Park Christian Church before she headed off to graduate school. Ruth is excited to get to know each of you and to serve ACC!
Liz began her tenure as Preschool Director in April of 2015 after chairing the church's preschool committee in 2012 and serving as Interim director in November of 2014. She has been a member of Allisonville Christian Church since 2000 where she joined her family and later met and married her husband, Jeff. She and Jeff have two children, Charlie and Maggie, who graduated from ACC Preschool and are now in elementary school. Miss Liz loves her preschool students and staff!
Director of Music
Chris began his ministry with Allisonville in August of 2007. He holds a B.A. in music performance and a M.S. in music technology. He has served other congregations as choral director and as a contract musician and composes production music for videos and events. He is married to Kelli Higgins and has two daughters, Michaela and Melanie.
Contemporary Lead Singer
Brenna is a musician and educator that has worked with musicians of all ages through her years of experience as a teacher, performer, and church worship director and singer. Brenna has taught as an adjunct professor at Millikin University, as a general music and choir director at Belzer Middle School, and as a clinician for several other schools, ensembles, and at vocal music festivals. She has served several churches as a singer, praise band leader, and choir director. Brenna now works as an Assistant Director and lessons instructor at Bach to Rock, where she is continuing to pursue her passion for helping developing singers and musicians find their voice and gain confidence, healing, and self-acceptance through music. Outside of work hours, Brenna can be found recording music in her home, which she shares with her partner Tucker, and her wonderful dogs Olive and Scoot!
Worship Media Technician
Worship Organist and Accompanist
Tracy joined ACC as a member in 1996, and she joined the staff as organist in September 1988. She studied piano and organ with Kathleen Reiners in middle school and high school in Washington, IN, where she served as organist at Central Christian Church. She continued her organ studies with Dr. Douglas Reed at the University of Evansville while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education. She served as organist at Riverside Christian Church, California for eight years before returning to Indiana. Tracy also teaches Language Arts and Reading Intervention at Belzer Middle School in Lawrence Township with her facility dog, Dino. She and Lenny married in 1988, and they are the proud parents of two adult children, Christina and Adam.
Director of Handbells and Wind Ensembles
Matthew joined ACC as our Director of Music in October of 2006. He holds a B.A. in Music (piano and voice) from Butler University. He has also served West Newton United Methodist Church as their director of music from 2000-2006. Matthew is very active in the Indianapolis arts community serving as conductor for Booth-Tarkington Civic Theatre, Music Director for Buck Creek Players & Footlite Musicals and singing tenor with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. By day, Matthew is Director of Choral & General Music for Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.
My name is India McDonald I have been nursery coordinator at Allisonville Christian Church since 2012. I love my job, getting to in the nursery every Sunday. I get to be a mom all over again to sweet little babies from lots of different families. I enjoy decorating our nursery for the holidays - it's always something new and exciting for little eyes! I do as much as possible to upgrade the nursery and keep children and parents alike as comfortable and happy as possible. I also draw a lot of our decorations and coloring pages. I have two children of my own who are 7 and 8 and also love Allisonville. It's hard watching the little ones move on from the nursery to worship and wonder but I still get my share of sweet visitors who miss me, that means the world to me and keeps me coming back to work every Sunday. Thank you for letting me be apart of your church experience!
Cristina has been working in the nursery since March of 2017. During the week she is an infant teacher at the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis. Cristina was born and raised in Chile while her parents served as missionaries, and has lived in Indiana since 1998. She graduated from Earlham College in 2011 with a major in Human Development and Social Relations. Fun fact - you will usually find Cristina with dog treats! She normally heads to Indy Humane to volunteer after worship on Sundays.