Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Staff
Fr. Tom Metzger
I'm Father Tom Metzger. I've been blessed to be a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana since 1982 and the pastor at Our Lady of Grace since 2002.
I was born and raised in Muncie, where my parents and my brother and one sister still live. I have two other sisters, one in California and one in Florida, two in-laws and a bunch of nieces and nephews. I was a member of St. Lawrence Parish in Muncie from two weeks of age until my ordination.
Although my role as pastor covers a lot of turf, I like to get involved in some parish ministries as a participant and not a leader. These include the Monthly Graced Meals and Interfaith Hospitality Network.
After being pastor of St. Joseph's in Lebanon, Indiana for ten years, I came to OLG with a certain amount of anxiety, because OLG is much bigger and very different from my prior experience. But it didn't take too long before I settled and "grew roots." There are many things I love about OLG, including the welcoming atmosphere and the many varieties of outreach ministries to help the poor and needy.
Fr. Chris Shocklee
Fr. Joshua Janko
Priest in Residence
Deacon Mark Miller
I'm Deacon Mark Miller. I've been at Our Lady of Grace since 1998. My route here was somewhat tortured. I'm originally from Charlotte, Michigan – just a little South of Lansing. When I was 18 and didn't know what to do next, I joined the Air Force. My plan was to serve my four years and then get out and use my G. I. Bill benefits. Those first four years stretched to another and before I knew it I'd served 25 years. A quarter of a century was long enough to do something, so I struck out for a new opportunity. While serving, I was stationed at Altus AFB, OK; Incirlik AB Turkey; George AFB, CA; Thule AB, Greenland; Peterson AFB, CO; Torrejon AB, Spain; Ramstein AB, Germany, Kelly AFB, TX, back to
Ramstein, then ended by career at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indy. While stationed at Ramstein the first time (1980-1983) I first heard of the diaconate and began to pray about a possible vocation. The Lord does work in mysterious ways, as they say; my assignment to Kelly AFB put me in San Antonio Texas – one of the few diaconate programs at the time that was accepting active duty military personnel. I applied for the program, was accepted, completed the formation program, and was ordained for that diocese. I needed four years to complete formation, the Lord gave me four years and a month. I was ordained June 7, 1987 and left San Antonio in July 1887. Church law says that you have to be at least 35 to be ordained. My birthday is June 6, so I made it by one day. So 2012 will be a special year for me – I will turn 60 and celebrate my 25th year of ordained service to the church.
I've served the military communities of Ramstein AB, different bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Fort Benjamin Harrison before coming here.
Throughout my career I attended night school working towards a degree. I was a little rudderless at first, but finally settled into teaching as my goal during my second tour at Ramstein. I couldn't take education classes overseas – they weren't offered. But again the Lord came through with my assignment at Fort Ben. IUPUI waived an admission rule based on my military service, and I began work towards an education degree shortly after my arrival. I retired from the Air Force in December 1995; I received my B.S. in Secondary Education that same month. (I went on to get my M.S. in Secondary Education/Educational Technology). It took about 18 months to be offered a full-time teaching position. I was hired at Noblesville High School in 1997; that's what brought me to Our Lady of Grace.
I've been married since 1973 to Kathy. We have three children: Michael (a Captain in the Air Force), Audrey, and Erica (a Captain in the Army). My black lab, Ophelia, is in charge of our house.
Director of Business Administration
I have been an OLG Parishioner since 1980.
Married to Charlene (40 years), children Kelly Thomas (married with two children) VP for Critical Resource in Brighton,MI., Kimberly Witka, Middle School Teacher at Central Catholic, Richard Witka, Owner – Sesterrite
I decided to work at OLG because my passion in the second half of my life is to serve the church with any talent I can bring and to be a blessing to the people I serve.
I think Our Lady of Grace is a warm and welcoming parish that is not afraid to continue to grow and serve others.
Parish Administrative Assistant
Married to Jim for 30 years. Have three daughters: 23-year-old twins, Sarah and Nicole, and 18-year-old Cassidy.
I have been an OLG parishioner since 1994, and not being sure Noblesville was the town for me when we moved here, my experience at OLG is what made Noblesville home.
My husband, Jim, and I have enjoyed sponsoring engaged couples since 1999 and look forward to every opportunity to sponsor. I have been a catechist since 1992 and am currently a Confirmation catechist.
Previously I worked at Our Lady of Grace in Mom's Day Out and as an Early Childhood teacher before the school was built. I left employment to spend more time with my sister's family when my 12-year-old niece was going through a terminal illness, but continued to be a catechist during that time. In 2007 I came back as an assistant to the Religious Education department, then shared my time between the Religious Education office and the Church Office, and am now in the Church Office full time. I've been blessed to be given the opportunity to know and learn from so many parishioners and staff members. It has been such an honor to be a part of the OLG family.
I am married to Brian Azman and have 3 adult sons, Adam (married to Sarah), Andrew and Shawn.
We have been members of Our Lady of Grace Parish since January 1996.
We chose to move to Noblesville because of the church and schools. As soon as we joined the parish, we jumped in with both feet. We attended "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" the first month we were here and it was an amazing opportunity to meet new people and get involved. We then attended CRHP team 3 and from there became a part of the Our Lady of Grace family. (Good or bad, you are stuck with the Azman's!) My husband, Brian is a Sunday 9am mass coordinator, Children's Liturgy of the Word catechist, member of the Liturgy council and the trainer for Altar servers. We are both Eucharistic ministers. I have served on many committees including education council, hospitality council, parish strategic planning committee, festival committee, monthly graced meals, etc.
We decided to send our children to Catherdal High school and therefore I needed a full time job. So, I began working for the church and school in June of 2000, starting as the cafeteria manager and moving into my current position as technology directory and scheduling. (not sure how being the 'milk teacher' lead to a career in technology, but I like the challenge most days!)
I look forward to serving our parish for many years to come. Stop by and see me if you are around during the days.
Director of Music & Liturgy
I've been a parishioner since 2004.
Married to J. Daniel Leap since 1975. We have 3 children, one daughter-in-law, and 3 grandchildren.
Member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) for over 20 years. Currently attending Marian University for a degree in Pastoral Music Ministry;
I was asked by Fr. Tom to fill the position of Music Director when David Rachuy passed away in 2007. I had 24 years of experience from working in such parishes as: St. Paul's in Marion and St. Joan of Arc in Kokomo. I was already singing in the choir under David's direction so I was somewhat familiar with the program at OLG.
My favorite thing about Our Lady of Grace is the flexibility to explore different genre of music, from Gregorian Chant to traditional to a more contemporary sound. All of the different styles seem to be openly accepted by the assembly who is very affirming and hospitable.
Director of Adult Formation
I have been an OLG parishioner for 28 years.
Married to Ed, three children Chris, Anastasia, and Casey and 8 grandchildren.
I also participate in Monthly Graced Meals (MGM) at OLG.
I had been a junior high/high school youth minister in Illinois and was asked to work here when the elementary coordinator resigned.
My favorite thing about Our Lady of Grace is the people...they are the life blood of the parish and continuing signs of God's presence. It is a gift to be able to work with them.
Elementary Religious Education Coordinator
Elementary Religious Education Assistant
EDGE Junior High Youth Ministry Coordinator
Bridges Young Adult Ministry Coordinator
I have been an OLG parishioner since 2008.
I married Alicen in 2009.
I am also a part of the Haiti Ministry, Jail Ministry and am a liturgical minister.
I decided to start working at Our Lady of Grace following college graduation and some time as a summer servant at Bethlehem Farm because a friend encouraged me to apply and I believed youth ministry was a long-time vocation of mine.
My favorite things about Our Lady of Grace are its commitment to service and the vibrant youth ministry students, volunteers and families who have become many of my closest friends.
Director of Youth Ministry
I have been an OLG parishioner since 1983.
My husband Chad and I have been married since 1999. We have 2 amazing children, Andrea (9 yrs old) a 4th grader at OLG and Aaron (5 yrs old) a rambunctious preschooler.
I decided to work at OLG because it's my home. I grew up in this parish and I volunteered in youth ministry for several years. When the opportunity came for me to accept the position, I jumped at the chance. It just felt right.
My favorite thing about Our Lady of Grace is the people. We have some amazing families and I am lucky enough to watch the teens grow in their faith and become adults in our faith. I am always in awe of the faith that our teens have.
Youth Ministry Administrative Assistant
Mom's Day Out Early Childhood Enrichment Coordinator
I have been a parishioner at OLG since 1994.
I have been married to Dan for 32 years with 3 sons staring Mark 26, Brent 23, and Eric 20.
I have been involved in Youth Ministry through out our many years as members of OLG.
My name is Lynn McKinney, and I'm the parish accountant. I became a member of Our Lady of Grace in November, 2001, and joined the staff shortly thereafter in February, 2002.
My family consists of my two grown children, Adam and April, along with their children, i.e. my 3 grandchildren. Sharing my home is my youngest child, my rambunctious Wheaten Terrier, Tucker.
In addition to my day job here at OLG, I am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, sing with the Annunciation Choir, occasionally ministering as cantor; am a member of the Liturgy Council, and actively serve in Art & Environment. I am one of 3 wedding coordinators; am a team 2 member for Monthly Graced Meals; participate as a facilitator for Financial Peace University; and, as an extension of my professional role at OLG, attend Finance Council meetings.
Becoming a part of the staff here at Our Lady of Grace was a dream realized. Upon entering the sanctuary for the first time, I thought, "wouldn't it be awesome to work in a place like this?" My circle of friends has always been comprised of my Church family, and now I am also privileged to work with them as well! Our Parish staff works hard, collaborates well, and has a lot of fun, all while serving God and His people. What more could a person want?
Our Lady of Grace has held a special place in my heart since the first Mass I attended here. Welcomed with open arms by everyone that day, I've felt at home here ever since. It is a wonderful place to grow spiritually, participate in meaningful liturgy, experience fellowship with young and old, and a great place to be employed!
I have been an OLG parishioner for 22 years.
My family and I live in Noblesville I am Married to Rick Russell, we have two amazing children. Jack Russell junior at IU and Madalynne Russell Sophomore at Noblesville High school.
I have been involved in ERE, Life teen, Alter Rosary, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Grace Gala, Holiday Bazaar, Christmas Families, and Gratitude From Grace.
I first decided to start working at Our Lady of Grace school when my children were old enough to attend the school. I love the Parish and wanted to get more involved.
Our Lady of Grace is our HOME. When I walk in the doors everyday I feel that way, " I'm Home". I would like to add that I love coming to work everyday because I love the families, the children and I love the women I get the opportunity to work with everyday. I feel blest to have all of them in my life.