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. Josh Jackson
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.
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 arrived at Allisonville Christian Church in 2020 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 7, 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.
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.
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.
Wilma joined ACC as Nursery Assistant in 2021. She's already familiar with the ACC family, working as a substitute teacher at our Preschool. Wilma is from Puerto Rico, is a proud parent of two daughters, and a grandmother of three.