Priest-in-Charge, Rev. Susan Marie Smith, Ph.D., is a parish priest and professor of liturgy and preaching who began at Church of the Nativity-Episcopal on April 1, 2017. Raised in the Midwest, she comes to Indy from Ohio (where she was rector of St. Alban’s parish); California (chaplain of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Elementary school), and Anchorage, Alaska (Christian educator and deacon at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church).
Known as “Amma Susan” (from the Hebrew for mother), our new priest loves to preach and teach, pray and hike, sing and dine. In addition to her expertise in and love of liturgy, Amma Susan has particular experience leading Christian education, sacramental preparation, and lay ministry.
Before ordination, she served with the American National Red Cross in VietNam and in Cincinnati, and with Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati. Her two books are on creative ritualization for passages of healing and transition for those on a baptismal journey into the life and ministries of Jesus Christ:
*Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process (Wipf and Stock, 2011—part of the Princeton Theological Monograph series), reasons why the churches should create rites for particular life transitions of those baptized into Christ.
*Caring Liturgies: The Pastoral Power of Christian Ritual (Fortress, 2012), stories and guidelines for creating rites of healing and transition within the churches.
She’s looking for folks interested in joining her in Holy Hiking—so feel free to give her a call!
Director of Music and Organist, Ryan Brunkhurst is currently in graduate study at Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music, studying Organ Performance. Before coming to The Church of the Nativity, Brunkhurst was Organist/Choir Director at St. John United Church of Christ, Indianapolis, IN. Brunkhurst was also previously Interim Assistant Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, IN. He has also been fortunate to serve several churches in the Central Pennsylvania area, before moving to Indianapolis.
Ryan is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, antiquing and spending time with his Miniature Schnauzer, Dora, and his Dachshund, Scarlett.
This office position is currently staffed by volunteers. It is our hope that a new administrative assistant will be sought later in the year.
Gail Ridder – Rector’s Warden
Teresa Curtis – People’s Warden
Terry Kee- Treasurer