Christ Lutheran Church has paid staff and many volunteers who give their time, talent and spiritual gifts.
Meet our Staff
Rev. Wes Smith
Pastor Wes received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion/Religious Studies from Susquehanna University in 2010 a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013, and a Master of Sacred Theology from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2014. He has served in his first call for 3 small churches in south central Pennsylvania.
Rhonda Blacklock received a Bachelor of Music from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and a Master of Music from Bradley University. Rhonda is currently an Assistant Director at Purdue Musical Organizations, Purdue University, where she directs Purdue Bells and Heart & Soul.
Originally from Illinois, Rhonda and her family have lived in Indiana for the past 30+years. Rhonda and her husband Ron have 2 adult children, (Nick and Kaitlin), 2 granddaughters (Addison and Wren) and a grandson (Xander). Rounding out the family are Cricket and Cannon, 2 spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. When she’s not making or teaching music, Rhonda likes knitting, crafting of all sorts, and hugs from the grandkids.
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.
Director of Children and Family Ministry
Ciara Jones received a master’s in public administration and Public Policy and Law from Liberty University, a minor in Theology, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. At a young age, she managed youth groups across various denominations and began evangelism in the pulpit at twenty. Her commitment to the youth and engaging families has assisted ministries by expanding programming, creating outreach programs, and aiding low-income families with resources. She is currently an ELA teacher at an inner-city school and enjoys teaching, motivating, and encouraging the youth of all ages. Her superpower is unlocking the confidence in children to be radical for Christ and uncovering their spiritual gifts to use for the Kingdom of God.
Melissa joined our staff in July 2021! She relocated to the area from Roanoke VA, with her (high school sweetheart) husband Scott and their 4 dogs. She graduated from the University of Delaware after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Education. She began her teaching career directly after college for several years before starting a family. She has two beautiful grown daughters who she had the pleasure of staying at home with for many years. While at home raising our daughters, Melissa was able to help her husband grow their local business in Roanoke and had the pleasure of watching it grow for over 20 years. Once her girls had grown into their teens, she quickly rejoined the work force as a director of a local childcare center in Roanoke, VA. Melissa and her husband enjoy the outdoors and like to spend their free time kayaking, relaxing and just enjoying life together.
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
Becky Porter, President
Jamie Stewart, Vice President
Bill Beck, Secretary
Connie Steinhart, Treasurer
Randy Eugenio, Member
Connie Niessink, Member
Craig Swendsen, Member
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.