Congress Street United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Evolving Followers of Jesus for the Transformation of the World!

Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Rachel Metheny, Pastor.   Rachel Metheny was born in Indianapolis and lived most of her life there, except for two years in San Francisco/Bay area and one year in Guatemala.  She served as pastor of Broadway in Indianapolis for 18 years before her appointment to Congress Street on July 1, 2017.  She has a daughter, Grace, who is a senior at Southport High School, and two dachshunds, Zoey and Shortie.  She has a PhD in ethics from Graduate Theological Union and has taught at Christian Theological Seminary (where Congress Street's previous pastor, Clarinda Crawford was a student in her ethics course).  She loves reading, IU basketball (I know, I know), and walking.  With her daughter, she loves to travel (especially to Kauai, Hawaii).  They have been able to travel all around the world due to receiving two Lily Endowment Clergy Renewal Grants. She loves to make homemade pizza (her only specialty).  She is looking forward to eating at all the good local restaurants. Email Rachel.
 
Ellen Bulow, Organist & Music Director. Ellen Bulow has been involved with church music ministry for over 20 years. She enjoys and plays different genres of music on both the piano and organ. She holds a B. A. degree in Music and a M. M. degree in Piano Performance. In addition, she has a diploma in piano performance from Trinity College of Music in London. Currently she is pursuing a DMA in Music Education from Boston University. Before teaching at Purdue University, her previous employment including working at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lamar University and Lamar State College, TX. She lives with her loving husband, two wonderful children and three beautiful kitty cats. Email Ellen.
 
Kathy Cowans, Financial Administrator. I have lived in the area for 27 years and worked in the accounting field here for 25 of those years. I started my own accounting business in 2011 and have an office downtown where I specialize in business accounting and payroll. I have been a QuickBooks advisor and have taught classes on how to use QB.  I have always enjoyed working with people and getting their bookkeeping in order. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years and we have 2 grown children. Our son is married and lives in Ft. Wayne and our daughter will be graduating from IU this year with a BFA degree in photography and art history. My husband, a chemist, and I grew up in Decatur Indiana and we lived in Boulder Colorado and Austin Texas while he we working on his PhD. Life is good. Email Kathy.
 
J. D. Feaster, Custodialgraduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. He currently works full-time for the City of Lafayette. He also coaches AAU basketball for the Indiana Ice program with players ranging from 3rd grade through seniors in high school.