Rev. Chad Abbott is a Conference Minister in the United Church of Christ in Indiana and Kentucky. Having served congregations in both the United Methodist and United Church of Christ traditions, he is a pastor at heart. Chad is the author of a couple of books, his latest of which is Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy. He is passionate about local churches, pastors, and spirituality. He is a trained labyrinth facilitator, spiritual director, and storyteller. Chad and his wife, Shannon, live in Indianapolis with their two kids, Isabel and Solomon, and dog, Zoe. Not only a pastor, husband, and father, Chad is a runner, musician, first degree black belt in karate, converse shoe collector, lover of laughter and nature, and all around spiritual pilgrim.
Minister for Leadership Formation and Discernment
The Rev. Dr. Altonnette D. Hawkins, fondly known as “Toni” is an ordained minister who is dually aligned in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is the Pastor of Open Door Christian Church (DOC) and former Senior Pastor of Plymouth Congregational UCC, both in Louisville, KY. She is an adjunct faculty member at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and a licensed professional pastoral counselor. She is published in the Journal of Social Work & Christianity Vol. 43, No. 4, 2016 as co- author of the article, “Supporting Caregivers Who Care for African American Elders: A Pastoral Perspective”. In addition, she has published two books, Self Care Reflections for Caregivers; and a self-care coloring book and journal, entitled, ME TIME.
She has been mentoring seminarians and members in discernment for more than 10 years as a field education supervisor, an Under Care mentor with the DOC and in the former In Care process of the UCC. Currently, there are several ministers she has provided guidance and support for ordination or privilege of call through leadership formation and the discernment process.
Presently, she is the Fundraising Co-chair for the Franklinton Center at Bricks, a UCC- affiliated, Justice and Witness Retreat Center in Whitakers, NC. In order to devote her time to living and sharing the core values of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference, she is concluding her term as First Vice-Moderator of the Christian Church of KY. The proud mother of two adult sons, Robert and Tyree, and grandmother of three; Michael, Alexus and
Chavay, she believes in the power of prayer. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto you own understanding. In all of your ways, acknowledge the Lord and he will direct your path.” One of her favorite sayings is, “To God be the glory for the great things God has done … the best is yet to come!”
Transitional Associate Conference Minister
As a transitional associate conference minister, Dennis serves as the primary contact person for churches and authorized ministers of the Southeast and Western Associations. He will assist churches with issues related to search and call, conflict resolution, general support and assistance.
Dennis has been ordained in the United Church of Christ for 40 years, serving churches in Illinois and Indiana. He has a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. He, most recently, has served on the IKC Board of Directors and the Committee on Ministry of the Southeast Association. He is a trained intentional interim minister and currently serves as co-interim minister with his spouse, Rev. Linda Frische-Mouri at St. John’s UCC in Batesville, Ind. Both he and Linda hold ministerial partnership standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Dennis and Linda have two grown children, son Paul who lives and works in Indianapolis and Sarah who is the pastor of Zion (Troy Ave.) UCC in Indianapolis.
Rebecca serves as the Conference Administrator for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference. Her primary responsibility is the support of the churches and clergy in the Conference. She is the hub of the operation who resources the churches and the staff. Her expertise also includes management and analysis of the business activities of the Conference to facilitate financial decision making and planning. Her experience and knowledge make her an asset to our churches and authorized ministers in matters of contract negotiations, payroll, policies and procedures, not-for-profit filings and tax questions, budgeting, etc. Rebecca also possesses a depth of knowledge on the many benefit, investment and insurance plans provided by the UCC.
Rebecca earned her Master of Business Administration at the University of Indianapolis.
When she is not at the office, Rebecca feeds her spirit by attending and volunteering at her church. She is a wife and mother, who expresses her creativity through cooking and crafting.
Minister for Financial Vitality
Rev. Michael Erwin is pastor of Christ Church UCC in Evansville, IN, and director of Church Campaign Services, a national fundraising firm devoted to churches and church agencies. He was ordained by Greater Atlanta Presbytery (PCUSA) and later received into the United Church of Christ. Michael has served congregations in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Indiana.