About Carmel


Mission & Beliefs

Our mission is to make disciples of those Nearest, our Neighbors and the Nations. (Matt 28:18-20/Acts 1:8)


The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.


There is one and only one living and true God. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Jesus Christ

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead, He ascended into heaven, and He and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man.

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.


Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. God created man in His own image; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.


Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

God’s Purpose Of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.

The Christian and the Social Order

All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.


We Make Disciples by
Cultivating ABLE Lives

Lives that:

  • Abide in Christ (John 15)
  • to Build relationships with the lost and found (John 13:35)
  • and Live the gospel in word and deed (Colossians 3:17)
  • with Everything we are and have (2 Timothy 2:1; Ephesians 4:11-16)

And we do not navigate life alone, we do so in community.

Our Decade Goals

Live in Community

We are intentional to worship together as a family, actively connect to a small group, and serve.

Church Planting

We work to see new churches planted, as well as struggling churches reinvigorated.

Bible Translation

We invest where people don’t yet have Scripture in their own language.

Our Team

Alex Kennedy
Senior Pastor

Lead Team

David Bass
Executive Pastor
David Dixon
Care & Counseling Pastor
Bob Meisel
Global Outreach Pastor
Jay Hancock
Head Of School - Carmel Christian
Patrick McCrory
Generations Pastor
Justin Taylor
Worship Pastor
John Jordan
Church Administrator

Care & Counseling

David Dixon
Care & Counseling Pastor
Jeff Alexander
Care & Counseling Associate Pastor
Gina Weckerle
Care Ministry Assistant

Generations Ministry

Patrick McCrory
Generations Pastor
Kris Shields
Generations Ministry Assistant
Brad Ferguson
Adult Pastor
Leigh Boland
Adult Ministry Assistant
Jim Hughes
Men's Ministry Director
Kenny Klinect
Small Groups Pastor
Catherine Nations
Women's Ministry Director
Michelle Embry
Children's Minister
Anna Norris
Associate Children's Minister
Elizabeth Johnson
Children’s Ministry Associate
Monise van Ginkel
Children's Ministry Assistant
Tiffany Bass
Preschool Minister
Cindi Baker
Preschool Ministry Assistant
Jeremy Amick
Special Needs Pastor
Audrey Scurfield
Special Needs Ministry Specialist
Ryan Jackson
Student Pastor
Sophia Ferguson
Student Discipleship Minister
Jason Salyer
Student Teaching Pastor

Missional Outreach Ministry Team

Bob Meisel
Global Outreach Pastor
Dawn Morton
Missional Outreach Ministry Assistant (Nations)
Kevin Warren
Local Outreach Pastor

Worship Ministry

Justin Taylor
Worship Pastor
Jesse Harmon
Worship Associate
Shelley Griffiths
Worship Ministry Assistant
Scott Spruill
Worship Band Director

Operations & Administration

Leslie Sheffield
Human Resources Director
Shelly Olivares
Executive Ministry Assistant
Joy Motte
Database Administrator
Lance Freeman
Food Services Director
Gina Wilkie
Church Receptionist
Lisa O’Donnell
Workroom Assistant
Ashley Speight
Communications Associate
Anna Underwood
Communications Assistant
Rusty Burchard
Media And Technology Director
Ben Crawford
Media Technology Associate
Travis Currin
Media Technology Associate
Chris Farnsworth
Facilities Director
Janice Mumpower
Facilities Admin Assistant
Peyton Wallace
Maintenance Team
Lori LeSuer
Financial Administrator
Renee Pressler
Financial Associate
John Jordan
Church Administrator

Carmel School Ministries

Jay Hancock
Head Of School - Carmel Christian
Alexis Sholley
WEE School Director (3s-TK)
Missy Stiokas
WEE School Director (Birth-2s)

Lay Leaders

Carmel Elders
Elder Leadership Team
Carmel Deacons
Deacon Team

Senior Pastor

Alex Kennedy
Senior Pastor