The Bible reminds us that the gifts and talents of each person are vital to the work of the church. At Roberts Park we recognize all our partners in ministry. Our staff works together with the members and volunteers to share God’s love in this community and around the world.
Rev. Dr. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes, Senior Pastor
Andrew Scanlan-Holmes, a Methodist Minister from the United Kingdom, started his ministry at Roberts Park in Advent of 2013 and was appointed Senior Pastor in July 2014 and transferred his credentials to the Indiana Conference. Prior to this appointment Andrew was on a period of study leave after serving four churches in the Newcastle upon Tyne area in the North East of England. He has been an accredited Methodist preacher for over 30 years. He gained his Doctor of Theology & Ministry from Durham University in the UK in 2013.
Andrew is passionate about creating excellence in worship and loves to explore ways to continue making the Church relevant in today’s world.
Andrew and his wife Carolyn live in the Williams Creek area of Indianapolis. Carolyn is the Senior Pastor at The Garden Community UMC who worship at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Andrew enjoys reading, golf, classical music, cooking, exploring the surrounding area and getting to know more the American Midwest culture.
Rev. Melissa Kleinschmidt, Associate Pastor for Children & Family Ministries
Melissa Kleinschmidt joined the staff at Roberts Park United Methodist Church in July 2014. In her current role as Associate Pastor of Children and Family Ministry, Melissa also directs Shalom Daycare Ministry. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in education and completed a Master’s degree in Social Work at Indiana University in Indianapolis. In December of 2015, she completed a Master of Divinity degree at Christian Theological Seminary. Melissa is an ordained minister and has standing with the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) denomination. Melissa’s many years of experience working in childcare and social services provides a good background for her current ministry. She is the mother of two adult children. She enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.
Jason Fishburn, Choir Director
Jason began serving and worshiping in the United Methodist Church as a tenor section leader at College Avenue in Muncie, IN under the direction of Professor Emeritus Dr. Douglas Amman. Through Dr. Amman’s teachings and compassion coupled with a deep faith, Jason was called to serve as choir director at several United Methodist Churches over the past 14 years: Daleville; St. Matthew in Anderson, IN; Calvary in Ft. Wayne; and Acton in Indianapolis. Jason is a 2001 graduate of Ball State University holding the Bachelor of Science in Choral Music Education and has completed course work towards the Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana State University. While at Indiana State, Jason was awarded the Bakerman Graduate Student Research Award for his paper, “Singing and its Effect on Wellbeing”. The paper explores the benefits of singing within marginalized populations – including people who are homeless, imprisoned, elderly, and people with neurological disorders. During the day, Jason works as a Relationship Manager at the United Methodist Financial Credit Union (www.umethodist.com). He also directs the Indianapolis Maennerchor (one of the oldest continously performing choral groups in the U.S.). Jason and his husband, Todd, have been together for 13 years. They reside near Irvington, across the street from the former Roberts Park associate pastor’s parsonage, with their two dogs: Harry, a long-haired Dachshund, and Squirt, a Jack Russell Terrier mix (both are rescues).
Jerry F. Gillooly, Organist
Jerry Gillooly has been a church organist since 1957 and joined the staff at Roberts Park United Methodist Church in 2001. He majored in music education in college, receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees at Indiana State University with organ, piano, and trumpet as his primary instruments. Jerry taught in the Avon and Perry Township Schools, and for twenty years was a music teacher in the Plainfield Schools. He and his wife Pat are the parents of two daughters and are Papa and Grammy to five grandchildren. Jerry is most grateful for the recent renovation of Roberts Park’s pipe organ. With God’s help, he strives to enhance the worship services through the use of this glorious instrument.
Richard Smith, Business Administrator
Dick Smith is a graduate of Purdue University’s Electrical Engineering program. Dick held several positions with Indiana Bell & AT&T and directed IMAGIS, a consortium that developed a computerized, high-resolution aerial photography and mapping database for Marion County. Dick is married to Helen; they are the parents of two adult daughters and have seven grandchildren. Dick has been a member of Roberts Park United Methodist Church since he and Helen were married there in 1963. He enjoys participating in the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir and is an active member of the Roberts Park Missions Committee. Dick has worked with the inner-city district of the Crossroads of America Council Boy Scouts for many years, and also enjoys gardening and the outdoors.
Tonia Haines, Shalom Daycare Manager
Tonia graduated in 2006 from Ball State University with a degree in early childhood education. Since then, she has worked in childcare as a teacher and in various management roles. She has a passion for the teaching of young children. She lives in Greenfield with her husband Brandon, step-son Blake, 3 dogs and 3 cats. They also foster animals. Tonia’s family enjoys visiting and hiking at state parks and trying new places to eat.
Robert Robinson, Web Administrator
Rob graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. degree in Management and Administration. He worked for Chase Bank (initially Indiana National) for twenty-seven years as a cost analyst and supervisor of the armored car receiving area. He started an interstate trucking company in 2006 and oversaw administration and accounting functions. He has been married to Barbara for 28 years and both have been a member of Roberts Park UMC since 2012. Barbara has two adult children and five grandchildren. Rob enjoys running, fishing, camping, and reading. He enjoys ushering at Sunday services and helping out at the church July 4th celebration.
Mary Tobey, Shalom Daycare Accounts Manager
Life- long resident of Indianapolis, Mary Tobey joined the staff of Roberts Park Church in September 2015. Along with duties of Shalom Daycare Accounts Manager, Administrative Assistant to the Senior and Associate Ministers, Mary is also the “Door Person and Occasional Bouncer”. Prior to coming to Roberts Park, Mary was the Parish Administrator for St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis for 16 years.
The mother of five grown children and grandmother of five still youngsters, Mary keeps a busy household with family in and out and five dogs, five cats and a small parrot named Sinjin. Mary’s children all pursue careers as individual as each of them are. Oldest Laurie is a retail manager, Joe works in food service, John is an IMPD Officer, Kate is a teacher in Center for Inquiry School 84, and youngest son, Tad lives in Los Angles, is a published poet and is pursuing a career in acting.
A long time lay student of the Anglican tradition, Celtic spirituality and mysticism, Mary has been fortunate to travel to the UK eight times in the last 20 years. One of the most interesting and arduous of her travels was a trip to the island of Iona in November. Home of Columba’s ministry, it was a bit unforgiving in the November weather. Favorite “always” stops are Canterbury and Glastonbury. Every trip must include a climb of Glastonbury Tor.
Pleased to be a part of the life and ministry of Roberts Park, Mary says that it has long been her priority to combine work life with a seeking spirit. She is happy to be a part of the family and faith community that is Roberts Park Church.