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Rev. Dr. Chad R. Abbott (he/him/his)
Rev. Dr. Chad Abbott has been the Conference Minister in the Indiana-Kentucky Conference since 2017. Originally ordained in the Indiana-Kentucky Conference, he has served churches in Kentucky, New Jersey, and Indiana. He received his bachelors from Greenville University in philosophy and religion, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary with a focus on the sociology of religion and race, and recently received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Church and Community Leadership. Chad is the author of a couple of books about creativity and discernment among local churches, his latest of which is Incline Your Ear: Cultivating Spiritual Awakening in Congregations and Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy. He is passionate about local churches, pastors, mental health, and integrating contemplative spirituality into daily work and social justice. He is a trained labyrinth facilitator, spiritual director, and storyteller. He grew up in nearby Illinois and felt the call to ministry at age 10. Chad and his wife, Shannon, live in Indianapolis with their two kids, Isabel and Solomon, and dogs, Zoe and Finn.
Rev. Dr. Monica J. Ouellette was born in Washington D.C., spent most of her childhood in Stone Mountain, GA. and her teen years in Newport, RI. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a B.A. in Anthropology in May 1999. She earned her M.Div. from and her D.Min. from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, MA . Monica has served at First United Church of Christ in Carlisle, PA, St. John’s United Church of Christ in Boalsburg, PA and Lynnhurst United Church of Christ in Louisville, KY. In October 2018 she began her ministry with the Indiana Kentucky Conference. Monica works with congregations in transition and Members-in-Discernment. She also supports Committees on Ministry and Search Committees. Monica is energized by working with committees and teams to share resources and best practices, brainstorm ideas and create an action plan. Monica lives in Indianapolis, IN. She loves quilting, reading, spending time with her grandchildren and traveling to new places.
Rebecca’s 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.
Jordan is an Indianapolis native, who graduated from Warren Central High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from IUPUI in Sociology and master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-profit Leadership.
Jordan formerly lead the Regional Public Affairs department at a prominent insurance company where she built community relationships, developed a volunteer portfolio, and generated annual fundraising. She helped the corporation gain exposure as a company that cares, shares, and gives back to the community.
Alongside her success in her career, Jordan has received nominations for Junior Achievement’s Indy’s Best and Brightest and Center for Leadership Development’s Up and Coming Achiever’s Award. She also has served on committees and boards for March of Dimes, Indiana Children’s Bureau, Junior Achievement, and Black Fathers Rock. She enjoys mentoring high school students in her spare time.
Jordan is a dedicated wife and mother. She is a proud member of Emmaus Christian Church.
Rev. Cassidy Hall, MDiv, MTS, MA, is an author, filmmaker, and podcaster. Born and raised in Iowa, she now serves as the Digital Minister for the IKC and Heartland Conferences. Throughout her time at Christian Theological Seminary, she worked as a Teaching Assistant while studying for her MDiv and MTS degrees (December, 2021). During her time at seminary, she also served as the Secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society and continues to serve on the board of Enfleshed.
Before pursuing her MDiv and MTS in Indianapolis, Cassidy lived in Los Angeles where she worked on the production team of the documentary feature film, In Pursuit of Silence. The film’s success on the festival circuit and beyond led to its worldwide theatrical release. Her directorial debut short-film, Day of a Stranger, paints an intimate portrait of Thomas Merton’s hermitage years and received the Audience Choice Award from Illuminate Film Festival.
Valerie Ruess is a graduate of International Business College in Fort Wayne, IN. and a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ. Val works full time as the Administrative Assistant to the President of Christian Theological Seminary. As the Data Entry Specialist, Val provides part-time assistance to the conference administrator in maintaining vital records for all clergy, volunteers and staff. When not at work, Val enjoys volunteering for various mission and outreach projects, reading, hiking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.