Pastor: Rev. Deb Mitchell
The Rev. Deb Mitchell was born and raised in Fort Wayne, attended Purdue, and began her career in business first in Texas and then in California. Deb left her first career as a VP at AT&T and entered Bethel Seminary in San Diego and was ordained in 2010. She was the executive director at a resource center for homeless people and served at two churches in San Diego. Deb has a heart for mission, is a member of the Coordinating Council, and facilitates New Beginnings for four churches in the Whitewater Valley Presbytery. Her grown daughter, Courtney and her husband, Matt, live in California. She and her husband Mitch moved back to “God’s Country” in 2018 and they live near Brownsburg with their German Shepherd, Katie.
Organist: Cindy Shelton
Cindy Shelton is the organist at Hope Church. After graduating from Toledo University, she married Gary Shelton and moved to Plainfield. After earning her M.S. degree from Butler University, she taught elementary school for Plainfield Schools for 26 years. She and Gary have lived in Plainfield since and raised their 2 children (Kay and Chris) here. She became Hope's organist in September of 1980.
Elders of Hope Church
The Elders make up the leadership core of Hope Church.
A distinctive mark of Presbyterian Church: the governing by a plurality of ‘presbyters’ or ‘elders’. The elders have a pastoral responsibility for the care of individuals and a programmatic responsibility to administer the life of the church. There are two types: Teaching Elders (or Pastors) are called by the congregation & installed by the Presbytery. Ruling Elders are elected by the local congregation from among themselves [Hope has 7 elders, 3 year term]. Together this ruling body is called the Session and meets monthly (Acts 14-15; 1 Timothy 5; Titus 1; James 5).