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Wynesia Jackson
Wynesia Jackson
Director of Staff and Grants Administrator - Congregations with Community

Wynesia Jackson joined the staff of Center for Congregations in March 2024 as the Director of Staff and Grants Administrator for Congregations with Community.

Wynesia is a graduate of DePauw University (B.A. Sociology) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.).  Before joining Congregations with Community, she served the local church in various capacities. She most enjoys teaching and writing Bible studies and developing leaders.

Wynesia is passionate about faith formation. In 2021, she authored her first book, a six-week devotional on the fruit of the Spirit, entitled Refueling Your Faith: Daily Encouragement for a Spirit-filled Life.

Weronika Hajduczyk-Wilson
Weronika Hajduczyk-Wilson
Administrative Assistant - Congregations with Community

Weronika Hajduczyk-Wilson joined the Center for Congregations in January 2024 as the administrative assistant for Congregations With Community. Prior to joining the Center, she was a paralegal and holds a Bachelor of Arts in German from IUPUI.

Weronika is a first generation Polish American and  is TESOL-certified, which has afforded her several years of experience as an ESL teacher and German/Polish language interpreter and translator. She is currently enrolled at Indiana State University in the Student Affairs and Higher Education Master’s program, with a projected graduation date of 2025.

Ryan Robinson
Ryan Robinson
Senior Director of Talent & Culture
Ryan is the senior director of talent & culture for the Center for Congregations. Prior to joining the Center, he has spent the last fourteen years working across the human resources field, serving nonprofit, start-ups, and large multinational organizations around the United States. He is particularly passionate about how culture grows in an organization.
When not spending time thinking about employee development, recruiting, and other really exciting human resource topics, you can usually find Ryan outside for a run, digging through vinyl records (about 2,500 at this point), or attending a concert with his wife.
John James
Associate for Resource Consulting

John James is a person who centers compassion and connection at the heart of his work. He has a professional background in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and a deep commitment to serving others across all contexts. With a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Spalding University and Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA), he brings a wealth of expertise in providing support and guidance to others in need. John’s journey in the field of ABA has been driven by a desire to integrate his passion for helping others with his professional practice, bringing compassion, empathy, and a spirit of service to his work.

In his current role as Resource Consultant with the Center for Congregations, John is dedicated to fostering growth, providing congregations with pertinent resources, guiding congregational leaders through the Center’s many pillars or support, and creating a meaningful and inclusive community for all. Drawing on his experience in clinical leadership and informed by behavioral philosophy, he offers a unique blend of professional expertise and guidance to address the holistic needs of congregations. With a heart for helping and a commitment to serving others in alignment with their faith values, John seeks to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those he encounters.

Karen Goley
Karen Goley
Senior Director of CRG and Resources

Karen Goley serves as the senior director of the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) and Resources.  Prior to joining the Center, Karen spent over fifteen years in the human resources field, serving nonprofit and financial services organizations in the Indianapolis area and the suburbs of Chicago.

With faith as her foundation, Karen enjoys spending quality time with her family and is a very proud Purdue University alum.  Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Karen put her pride on full display by naming the family pup Mackey- after Purdue basketball’s Mackey Arena.  Boiler Up!

Ashley Ivy
Ashley Ivy
Senior Director of Finance

Ashley Ivy is the senior director of finance for the Center for Congregations. Ashley performs all financial and accounting processes, necessary for the efficient operations of the Center. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ball State University and an MBA-Accounting Specialization from Indiana Wesleyan University. Ashley brings more than 12 years of accounting and management experience; specializing in not-for-profit accounting, strategic planning, and operations. She also has 5+ years of experience in human resources, managing compensation and benefits packages, as well as fostering positive work environments. Ashley also serves as an independent small business consultant and is experienced in teaching college level accounting courses and training others to utilize various Microsoft Office applications.

Ashley is a member of Repairing the Breach Ministries in Muncie, Indiana, where she serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors. She is very active in her community; serving on the Thrive Credit Union supervisory committee, the Whitely Community Council education committee, and is a member of other various service organizations. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their children.

Noemi Cifuentes
Bilingual Associate for Resource Consulting

Noemi Cifuentes hails from Guatemala City as the youngest of nine children.  She became a resident of New York in early 2001, however, shortly after 9/11 Noemi relocated to Indianapolis, IN.

Since being in the great city of Indianapolis, Noemi has served the Christian community in multiple capacities both personally and professionally.  For nine years, she served as the Director of Hispanic Ministry at Old Bethel UMC. She later became a Case Manager at Wheeler Mission Ministry as the Family Coordinator and the Office Manager for SENDCDC. After working with the Center for Congregations as a Contract Resource Consultant for several years, Noemi joined the team full-time as an Associate for Resource Consulting.

Noemi enjoys interacting with people and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Her passion for teaching the Bible to beginners is unparalleled.  She is married to the love of her life, Temo, is the mother of three children and a proud Grandmother. In her free time, Noemi loves to drive and listen to music, paint, and sew and has been noted for having quite the sense of humor.

McKenzie Scott Lewis
McKenzie Scott Lewis
Senior Director of Congregations with Communities

A Baptist minister, McKenzie Scott Lewis’ faith experience ranges from Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Charismatic to Baptist. He has taught at IUPUI, served as corporate diversity director at Wellpoint Inc, coordinated diversity and inclusion efforts at Clarian Health Partners and served as CEO and chief cultural strategist for The MSL Group. He brings energy and experience to engage listeners from all walks of life.

A graduate of DePauw University, McKenzie has written extensively in his area of expertise, including the articles “Building Boardroom Trust” from the July 2009 Leadership Ventures Newsletter; “Editorial on Diversity” in the November 2008 Indiana Business Journal (IBJ); “Clarian Health Partners: United We Thrive” in the April 2007 issue of DiversityInc, Magazine; and “Helping Diversity to Grow Up” in New York Voice/Harlem USA October 1997 edition.

Formerly the director of the Center’s Northwest office in Crown Point, McKenzie Scott Lewis is the director of a new Center for Congregations project: Congregations with Communities.

Susan Weber
Susan Weber
LEI Division Evaluation Project

Susan Weber coordinates the evaluation processes for Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Religion Division. She spent several years as the Indianapolis Center for Congregation’s director of evaluation and congregational learning, as well as a resource consultant to congregations.

Susan is a Roman Catholic lay woman. Prior to her work at the Center, she served the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as coordinator of boards of education, office of Catholic education from 1976-1985. For almost 20 years thereafter, she was an independent consultant and group facilitator for dioceses, churches, religious communities, and schools nationwide. Sue has degrees from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Indiana University, Bloomington and is professionally certificated as a group facilitator through Indiana University.

Tim Shapiro
Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns. After his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and Message. He has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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