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 Staff 

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Senior Minister

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Associate Minister of Faith Formation

Sarah Zuniga

Associate Minister of Outreach & Growth

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Director of Administration

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Pastoral Care Associate

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Preschool Director

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Director of Music

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Facilities Manager

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Tracy Noens

Worship Organist and Accompanist

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Jason Tuttle

Media Manager

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Megan Holtman

Nursery Attendant

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Lilly Guffey

Nursery Attendant

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Rev. Beau Underwood
Senior Minister

bunderwood@allisonville.org

Beau started as ACC's senior minister in January of 2023. With past experience in congregational ministry, hospital chaplaincy, social justice advocacy, and religious media, he brings a variety of talents and experience into this next vocational chapter. In addition to being a proud alum of Eureka College (BA) and the University of Chicago (M.Div & MPP), he is currently working on a doctorate in public affairs at the University of Missouri - Columbia. He is the author of Dear Son: Raising Faithful, Just, and Compassionate Men (Chalice, 2022) and a coauthor of the devotional Unsettling Lent (Chalice Press, 2023). His writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Sojourners, Word&Way, and Religion & Politics. He is the grateful husband of Casey and dad to Jesse. In his free time, you will find Beau reading non-fiction books, rooting on his beloved Chicago White Sox, and watching reruns of The Office.

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Rev. Josh Jackson

Associate Minister of Faith Formation

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Josh joined Allisonville in ministry in July 2021. He received his Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, where he served at Eastwood Christian Church and spent a summer filling in for the senior minister at First Christian Church in Macomb, IL. Prior to that, he attended Texas Christian University (GO FROGS) where he graduated with a BA in Religion and a BA in History. While in college, he served in the youth ministries at University Christian Church in Fort Worth and Cypress Creek Christian Church near Houston. He is a proud dog-dad of a miniature schnauzer, Beasley, and loves all things Parks and Recreation, Taylor Swift, and HGTV.

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Rev. Sarah Zuniga

Associate Minister of Outreach & Growth

szuniga@allisonville.org

Reverend Sarah Zuniga (they/she) is originally from Northwest Illinois, and is happy to call the Midwest home. Sarah has a B.S. from Eureka College and an M.Div from the University of Chicago. 

Sarah is coming to Allisonville from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training, where they started as an intern in 2019. They bring experience consulting and facilitating with religious institutions, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education, as well as administrative and program support. Sarah also serves as Co-Moderator of Disciples Peace Fellowship's Executive Committee, and is a member of Fellowship of Reconciliation’s National Council. Sarah is passionate about art, most notably tattooing and pottery, and is a potter based out of Yellow Door Ceramics Studio in Indianapolis. Most recently, Sarah was published in “sacred incantations: rituals of trans wisdom for every season,” a collaboration through enfleshed.

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Isaac Ackerman
Director of Administration

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Isaac started at ACC in 2023 after completing his Master Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School where he overlapped with Josh for one year. Like Beau, he is also a proud alum of Eureka College where he overlapped with Doug Collins for one year. Isaac is from the Pumpkin Capital of the world, Morton, IL where they grew up as the son of pumpkin farmer. In Illinois, Isaac's home church is First Christian Church in Creve Coeur. While attending school in Nashville, Isaac served at Glencliff United Methodist Church as they completed a micro-home village offering medical respite, community gardens, and spiritual care.  Isaac oversees the church office at Allisonville and is happy to field your questions!

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Rev. Joyce Coalson

Pastoral Care Associate

jcoalson@allisonville.org

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.

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Laurie Highsmith
Preschool Director

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Laurie has served as our Preschool Director since January 2023. Laurie graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. She then taught in Indianapolis Public Schools before following her passion and call into preschool directing and teaching! She loves paddleboarding, biking, yoga, and making cards. Laurie is married and she and her husband have three children and four grandchildren- and spending time with her grandkids is her favorite thing to do! 

Chris Higgins

Director of Music

chiggins@allisonville.org

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.

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Ted Jacobs
Facilities Manager

tjacobs@allisonville.org

Ted joined Allisonville as our Facilities Manager in summer 2022. He oversees building projects, maintenance, and more. Ted has been a member of Allisonville for many years and is married to Shari! They are proud parents of two daughters, Rachael and Kara, who grew up here at ACC. Ted is happily "retired" from teaching and is excited to be serving Allisonville in this way.

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Tracy Noens

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. 

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Jason Tuttle

Media Manager

Jason joined Allisonville as Worship Media Technician in 2018, shortly after moving to Indianapolis and becoming a member here at ACC. Jason has a BFA in Performing Arts Technology and an MFA in Theater Sound Design. He currently also works as a software developer. Jason attends worship with his wife, Mary, and their two children, Emmaline and Rose.

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Megan Holtman
Nursery Attendant

Megan started in our nursery in March 2023 and she is also an Assistant Teacher in the ACC Preschool. Megan has been married for almost 11 years and she and her husband have 2 kids. She enjoys camping, spending time with family, and working with the awesome staff at the ACC Preschool!

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Lilly Guffey
Nursery Attendant

Lilly began attending worship at Allisonville in May of 2023, and started in the nursery in November of that year.  She is a Registered Behavior Technician at Bierman Autism Centers and is currently studying early childhood education at Ivy Tech.  She is passionate about empowering children and blurring the lines between learning and play. In her down time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, listening to Taylor Swift, binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, and going on outings with the ACC Young Adults.

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