Rob Neel was born in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, moving to Hartford City at the age of 2. He taught History at Eastbrook Jr. High School for 9 out of his 10 years as a teacher. He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1996 and was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1999.
Rob married way above his pay grade in 1984 to Tammy and together they have 3 adult children. He is a Purdue basketball fan and works hard avoiding the crazy on social media.
Hi, I’m Phil. My ministry work includes time as a pastor, worship leader, youth leader, and technical producer for churches all through Indiana. For the last decade of my life in ministry, I have had a passion for reaching young adults and adults in new and creative ways through teaching, worship, and spiritual discipline. My desire is to see a world that can see God in everyday life. That instead of living loud only on Holy Holidays and Sunday, we can live loud for God in everyday lives and everyday situations. I have been married the love of my life, and the most amazing woman in the world, Ashley, since 2015.
Director of Children’s Ministry
My name is Karen Hedrick and I have been employed as the Children & Family Ministry Director at Columbia City United Methodist Church since Spring 2017. After 17 years of working as an elementary and middle school teacher, I could no longer deny that the Lord was calling into ministry. My greatest passion is loving and embracing families in this community--no matter the need. My husband, Kevin, and I have been married for 18 years and our three greatest blessings: Alex, Andrew, and Amaya keep us crazy busy each and every day. If you can't find us in the bleachers of a gym watching a basketball game, you can spot us on a golf course watching one of our boys trying to birdie a hole. Me, personally, I love to craft with my daughter and spend hours and hours at Hobby Lobby dreaming of our next project. Our hearts bleed "crimson and cream" for the IU Hoosiers and we cheer on the "blue crew" and our Indianapolis Colts during the NFL season.
Director of Student Ministry
Hi, I’m Kyle and I am the Director of Student Ministries at Columbia City United Methodist Church. I have grown up in Columbia City and the community holds a special place in my heart. I graduated from Manchester University in 2017. In the final semester of my senior year I married my high school sweetheart, Kirstie. Quickly after my graduation God called me into ministry work. Along with my position at Columbia City UMC I work at Troy Alternative School located in Columbia City.
Hello, my name is Cynthia and I am the Administrative Assistant, which means I schedule events for the church calendar, publish the bulletin & newsletter, maintain membership records, and many other things. I have been married to Randy Fletcher since 1986 and we have one beautiful and intelligent adult daughter, Brittney Fletcher. Randy, Brittney and I enjoy trailer camping, bicycling and nature trails.
Hello! I’m Kirstie!! I am the Assistant to ALL ministries here at Columbia City United Methodist Church. Otherwise, known as the Chaos Coordinator. In addition to my responsibilities as ministry assistant, I coordinate the wedding ministry. I have a passion for people and a love of thinking of all the details. In my spare time, I love studying the word of God and creating anything that has to do with art. God has blessed me by joining my life with an incredible man of God, Kyle Weigold. Together we have a beautiful family a dog, Conrad, and a Cat named Howard.
Hi I’m Stephanie Miquelon
I am the Building Administrator for the church. I have been working to keep the building clean and equipment running for almost 12 years now. Outside of work I enjoy spending my summer by the pool or beach. I have been married for 21 years now. We have two adult children and two fur babies.
I lead the Childcare program here at Columbia City, where I have been for 5 years. I have always found a love and desire for watching children grow and learn. My passion is teaching children and letting them just play as children. I have been married to my awesome supportive husband Micheal Krider since May 1, 2010. I am also a mother of 3 and we are also AYA Host parents, meaning, we host children from other countries like Germany, china and Italy.