Roberts Park Pastors & Staff

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, Sr. 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. Scott Tyring, Associate Pastor

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Scott and his wife, Michele are blessed with three adult children, Amanda, Erika and Anthony (AJ), and one granddaughter, Margot.  Before answering a call to professional ministry, Scott worked in industrial sales and the food processing industry in engineering and management.  He’s been serving Indiana United Methodist churches since 1994.

Scott is a passionate musician. His most recent effort is a solo project entitled “Wrestling The Stranger.” Scott says the project is “Classic rock for Christ’s sake”.  Scott is lead singer for Damaged Goodz, a local classic rock cover band. The force is strong with this one! Star Wars is a near fanatical obsession for Scott.  Movies are a huge pastime for the Tyring family. Scott and Michele own a home right next to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and enjoy their Boston Terrier, Bella, and their son AJ, the chef, under the same roof.

Scott and Michele enjoy travel and serving on mission teams together. He has served a number of Kairos Prison Ministry weekends. When it comes to ministry, teaching is his passion. Scott will be working toward building a disciple-making pathway for Roberts Park Church and developing program that is relevant to Roberts Park’s downtown neighbors.

Avery Schott, Choir Director

“I found a spiritual home in the heart of the city, with community leaders striving to make the world a better place.”
    Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Schott grew up in the choral tradition of the Episcopal Church where he trained under directors Jason Roberts and Vaughn Mauren. He has sang around the world in Great Britain, Austria, and Italy.

Mr. Schott currently is in his last year of study at the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University where he is earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, where he has studied voice under Thaddaeus Bourne and Kirsten Gunlogson. He has collaborated and sang for conductors, Dr. Eric Stark and Dr. John Perkins, both of whom he credits as great influences as a director. He is simultaneously earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is fascinated at building communities and an understanding of common humanity, using music and art as a vehicle for change.

This is Mr. Schott’s third year at Roberts Park, as he previously served as a choral scholar for two years in the choir’s tenor section.

Avery comes from a loving family back in Connecticut and admires all of their help to put him in a position to empower others. He avidly practices meditation, plays golf, and writes poetry. He is aspiring to go to seminary in the coming years and has particular interest in interfaith work with the arts and social activism.

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 renovation of the Roberts Park’s pipe organ.  With God’s help, he strives to enhance the worship services through the use of this glorious instrument.


Robert Robinson, Administrative Assistant

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 32 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 functions.