Christ Lutheran Church has paid staff and many volunteers who give their time, talent and spiritual gifts.
Meet our Staff
Rev. Dr. Steven E. Albertin
Steve Albertin has been Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church since January 1998. Rev. Albertin graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Concordia Sr. College, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1972. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in Exile, St. Louis, in 1976, a Master of Sacred Theology from Christ Seminary, Seminex, St. Louis in 1978, and a Doctor of Ministry from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1995. Rev. Albertin was ordained into the ministry in 1978 and has served as Assistant Pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, 1978-80, Pastor at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, 1980-1998, and currently at Christ Lutheran Church since 1998. Rev. Albertin has served in various leadership positions in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod and the Northeast and Greater Indianapolis Conferences of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod. Over the years of his ministry Rev. Albertin has written several new hymns and published several collections of sermons. Rev Albertin is devoted to the distinction between Law and Gospel when it comes to doing ministry and living life. He is a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Rev. Albertin and his wife Ann Diefenthaler have five grown children between them.
Director of Music & Accompanist
Ryan Brunkhurst received both a Masters and Bachelors of Music from Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Dr. Janette Fishell and Dr. Christopher Young. In 2002, Ryan was awarded a scholarship sponsored by the Harrisburg American Guild of Organists to study under the direction of Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman. In 2003, Ryan was awarded first place prize for the Akins-Cadman Organ Competition, held annually. In 2008, he was awarded first place at the West Chester University’s Organ Competition and in 2011, Brunkhurst was awarded first prize in the American Guild of Organist's Chapter Quimby Competition.
An active church musician and teacher, Brunkhurst has had the opportunity to be a part of many fine music programs in and around Indianapolis. He comes to Christ Lutheran Church from The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis, Indiana, where he oversaw all musical aspects of the parish. Brunkhurst works with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, working with children in third grade through high school and also teaches Middle School Music at St. Richard’s Episcopal School, Indianapolis, Indiana.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys cooking, antiquing, and spending time with his dachshund, Scarlett and cat, Jackson.
Director of Children and Family Ministry
Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
Kathryn Singer came on board as our Director of Preschool in July of 2016 and officially joined the church in December of 2016! She is excited to be a part of the mission of Christ Lutheran Church and Preschool and is passionate about working with children to ensure they have access to high-quality early childhood programs. As the Director of Children and Family Ministry, Kathryn will still be the Director of Preschool, but she is also now in charge of Faith Formation events, such as Faith Growers (our Sunday School program), Vacation Bible School, etc.
Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (grades K-6) from Butler University and has had extensive training in both Special Education and Spanish. She has eight years of teaching experience, primarily in early childhood, and has also taught kindergarten and second grade in charter, private, and faith-based organizations. She has also had two years of director experience now. In addition to her ten years of experience in planning and implementing developmentally-appropriate activities, Kathryn also brings her experience in coordinating family and volunteer activities, and she brings five years of experience with the rules and regulations set forth by state licensing, Paths to Quality, and various accreditation organizations.
Julia has served at Christ Lutheran Church since December 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Musical Arts from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN and a Masters Certificate in Non-Profit Management from IUPUI. From 2004-2010, she worked at Paige’s Music, managing Indy Flute Shop and from 2010-2011 she was the Operations and Education Manager at the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Julia grew up attending an ELCA Lutheran church in Cincinnati, OH. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing flute, running, camping (glamping), and crafting. Julia and her husband Brad reside in Zionsville with their sons, Oliver and Noah.
Laura Hartman has more than ten years of experience in non-profit management. She has most recently worked in the museum industry where her efforts were focused on member acquisition and retention. Laura has also worked for an international trade association and served as an English teacher in South Korea. In her free time she enjoys gardening, browsing antiques, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family. She is a New Jersey native who now proudly calls Indiana her home. Laura has a BA in telecommunications and a minor in business from Indiana University.
Rosie Handley has served at Christ Lutheran Church since 2009 as our custodian and also serves as the custodian for the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. Rosie attended Ivy Tech and previously worked as a Paralegal. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Zionsville and enjoys giving her time to others.
Celebration Bells Director
Kim Handrock is the director of the Celebration bells handbell choir. Kim has been a member of Christ Lutheran Church since 2003 and has been the director of the handbell choir since 2007. Kim is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Infant, Child and Adolescent Health from the University of Michigan. While she now enjoys being a stay at home Mom for her daughters Hannah and Kathryn, her career path was as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is married to her husband Paul, a mechanical engineer and bell ringer.
Although her educational degrees aren't in music, she has spent much of her life participating in musical endeavors, including piano, clarinet, bassoon, and bell choir. During college, she played handbells at the American Church in Paris and after graduation, she played in the Zion Lutheran Church of Marshall, Michigan handbell choir for about 8 years before moving to Zionsville.
Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
Jessie joined our staff in February of 2017! She has a Master's degree in Early Childhood from Ball State University. She has 9 years of teaching and administrative experience in early childhood programs and has a passion for working with young children and creating safe, loving, and family-friendly environments. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and hosting game nights.
Meet our Congregational Leaders
The Governance Board at Christ Lutheran Church focuses on the long-term mission and well-being of the congregation. Contact the Governance Board at
Bob Behrend, President
Greg Druschel, Vice President
Andi Hardesty, Secretary
Susanne Goldberg, Treasurer
Sally Anliker, Member
Mark Balaska, Member
John Burkhardt, Member and Past President
Mission Ministry Leadership Team (MMLT)
The Mission Ministry Leadership Team includes many leaders that help support our ongoing efforts to engage our members and serve the community.