The Rev. Ben Wyatt
Father Ben Wyatt is our Priest-in-Charge. He joined Nativity on September 1, 2021.
He most recently served in the “Pathways to Vitality” program in our Diocese, where he rotated among three different Indianapolis are churches with a focus on enhancing their financial, spiritual, emotional and administrative vitality. Prior the return to the area, he served in several roles at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, CT, including Assistant Rector. Ben also brings experience in the business sector, where he held several roles in IT prior to going to seminary.
As a volunteer, Ben helped launch a new magazine Earth and Altar dedicated to promoting inclusive orthodoxy in the Episcopal Church. He also volunteered as a grant writer for a refugee resettlement program.
Ben holds a B.A in Physics and Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University and dual Master degrees from Yale Divinity School in both Divinity and Sacred Theology.
Deacon Karen Sullivan
Reverend Deacon Karen 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, and leads our outreach efforts here at Nativity. Prior to her service at St. Philips, she served Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers from 2005-2009.
She was ordained Deacon in 2005 and holds a B.A, in Theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.
Administrative Assistant, Joanna joined Nativity in December 2019. She was born in Lawrenceburg, IN Married to Charles, a policeman, she has four children and two grandchildren, and is civically active. An Episcopalian for over 20 years, Joanna was a member of St. Stephen’s in Terre Haute, where she served on the vestry, taught Sunday School, was a choir member, and chaired the social committee. We are blessed to have someone of her experience and skill supporting Nativity.
Chase is a first year Doctor of Music candidate at Indiana University and he is excited to bring his music ministry to us. He is a native of Charlotte, N.C., received his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music and his Master of Music degree in Organ from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Chase has won numerous national and regional organ competitions as well as serving as organist at Yale University Church. He also has had instruction in vocal and handbell conducting. Chase is an avid jazz pianist, singer, and plays trombone and drums. As a first-year doctoral student, he is also teaching piano at the Jacobs School of Music. Outside of music, he enjoys weightlifting, sports and biking.
The vestry is a committee elected by members of a congregation to serve with the church wardens in managing the secular affairs of the church. Members are elected to three year staggered terms.
Vestry members are:
Chris Byler, Senior Warden (2020-2023)
Doug Fuller, Junior Warden (2021-2024)
Donna Cox (2021-2024)
Joc Maggard (2019-2022)
Donna Tonnis (2020-2023)
Rocky Patrick (2021-2024)
Jeffery Gray (2019-2022)
John Ridder (2021-2023)