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!
Reverend Deacon Karen Sullivan joined Nativity September 10, 2017. She comes to us from St. Philips Episcopal Church in Indianapolis where she organized all outreach activities for the parish. Prior to her service at St. Philips, she served Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers from 2005-2009. She was ordained Deacon in 2005 by Rt. Reverend Catherine M. Waynick at Christ Church Cathedral. She holds a B.A, in Theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.
Brendan Conner is our Music Director, choir master and organist. Brendan is currently pursuing his masters degree in organ performance at I.U.
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