Senior Pastor – Lyle McKee
I was called to St. Thomas in 2004 after serving for more than twenty years in urban ministry at three different congregations in Indiana and Kentucky. It is a delightful challenge to be part of this vibrant, diverse, and gifted group of people. My heart has been taken with various calls over the years, enjoyed within the context of ministry-—community organizing, coalition ministry, work with urban youth, and most recently care for God’s good creation. I also love music and thoroughly appreciate both the penchant for enthusiastic Lutheran hymn-singing and the opportunity to intone some portions of the liturgy. St. Thomas is a great place to be and to serve. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organist – Mike Powell
I am a church musician, recitalist, and composer of sacred music. I recently completed the Master of Music degree in organ performance and sacred music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and received my Bachelor of Music in 2010 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. I’m also an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. I grew up in the Lutheran tradition and am excited to serve in such a vibrant community. I live in Bloomington with my wife, Susan (also a church musician by trade), and my two kids, Jacob and Meredith. When I’m not on the organ bench or hanging out with the kiddos, you might find me running the B-Line trail or working under the hood of a car.
Choir Director – Charles Prestinari
I was a student at Indiana University from 1994 as a freshman music education major through 2004, when I finished my doctoral course work in choral conducting. I grew up in New Jersey, but have long considered myself an adopted Hoosier. It is wonderful to be back home in southern Indiana! At times, walking on campus, I feel like a freshman once more. It is comforting to know that some things remain as they were, most especially the tradition of a vibrant music program at St. Thomas, I am honored to build on that tradition of excellence in musical leadership.
I invite all who love to sing to join the Adult Choir. In addition to the joy of making music and singing God’s praise, the choir provides a wonderful opportunity to make closer connections with other members of our faith community. Although some experience in reading music is helpful, ALL are welcome. Whether you have sung in choirs all of your life or you have to this point only sung in the shower or along with car radio, I hope you will join us as we glorify God through the gift of music.
Our worship centers on hearing and responding to God’s word. It is my hope that the music you experience each Sunday-–anthems, hymns, psalm settings, liturgical responses, instrumental music-–will enhance your worship and provide you with myriad ways to experience God’s work in the world.
Minister of Youth and Christian Nurture – Amy Balcam
Amy comes to us with 24 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and families through her work as a mental health counselor and school psychologist. Amy is married, has a teenage son, and two teenage stepsons.
Children’s Choir Director – Melissa de Graaf
I am delighted to be taking on the role of Children’s Choir Director at St. Thomas. I have a long and varied musical background. as a music professor at the University of Miami, as a youth choir director, and leading a music and movement program for preschoolers at a former church in Florida. I am now a stay-at-home mom, as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. My husband, Justin Rust, and I have two daughters–Sophia and Mary. I enjoy working with the young singers of St. Thomas to praise God, have fun, and learn some things along the way.
Parish Administrator – Kaye Hill
I have been employed at St. Thomas longer (since 1984) than any other staff member. During that time I have worked with three pastors, two interim pastors, a multitude of choir directors, organists, youth directors and volunteers. I’m a former teacher having taught both in public elementary and Montessori schools. My favorite pastimes are hiking, reading and gardening. Feel free to ask me about my grandchildren (there are three and one grand-dog) but be prepared to see pictures.
Office Assistant – Susan Krieg
Being a life-long Lutheran and Hoosier, I have strong roots. The small rural church in which I was baptized and confirmed was established in 1848 by German immigrants, which included my own ancestors. I grew up attending Lutheran school and Lutheran summer camp. I am a graduate of Indiana University. You might say I am a rule-following God-fearing basketball-loving hymn-singing euchre-playing beer-drinking grace-accepting German Lutheran Hoosier.