Staff


  • Rev. Josiah Jones -  Senior Pastor

    Josiah is a recent transplant to the great state of Indiana, having joined the ministry staff of CCC in September of 2017, after serving as pastor of a PCA church in Evans, Georgia for the previous 5 years. Josiah has a passion for seeing people come to know Christ and experience the transforming power of the Gospel through the preaching of God's Word, through life-on-life discipleship, and through personal evangelism. Born and raised in Big Sky Country in the city of Billings, Montana, Josiah migrated south to study philosophy at Dallas Baptist University. After sensing the Lord's call to pastoral ministry, he pursued theological and pastoral training at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2012. Josiah is married to his lovely wife, Jenn, and together they have three children, Cayden, Ian, and Adelynn. In his spare time, he loves hanging with his wife, playing with his kids, shooting hoops and running while listening to sermons.

  • Rev. Justin Poythress - Assistant Pastor of Student Ministry

    Justin is a native of the Philadelphia area. He studied education and political science at Vanderbilt in Nashville before teaching there for a couple years. He then returned  to Philadelphia to complete an M.Div from Westminster Seminary in 2015, after which he began working at CCC. Justin loves the Carmel area and is excited to serve God alongside our youth at CCC. Justin also enjoys reading, writing, fast food, and the NFL.

    To contact Justin by email, click here

  • Seth Irby - Interim Worship Director

    Seth moved to Carmel in 2002 after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, to be part of Cru's Performing Arts ministry. He grew up the son of a PCA pastor and soon after coming to Indiana found CCC. After the first Sunday, he knew he had found a  church home and has been at CCC ever since. Seth continues to serve with Cru and is now the co-leader of their Performing Arts ministry leading worship and doing musical outreach in partnership with ministries all over the world. Over the years he has helped with worship at CCC in different capacities. He has been on the worship team, led worship for youth and adult retreats, coached the youth band, and led worship for the start-up of a few of our church plants in the area. In 2016 Seth was asked to lead worship for the main CCC congregation. Though he continues to be employed with Cru, he is pleased to serve as a member of CCC by giving leadership and direction to the weekly corporate worship of our church and the community of artists and technicians that help make it happen. He and his wife, Laura, (married in 2006) have 3 kids and live at the border of Westfield and Carmel near Cool Creek Park.

  • Sara Nist - Director of Children's Ministry

    Sara is a happy, Hoosier transplant- growing up in NW Ohio but having moved to Indiana in 2005. Sara felt God's call on her life early. College years at Bowling Green State University were intertwined with Cru leadership training, as God began preparing her for ministry. Sara holds a bachelor's degree in Communications Education and dreams of being seminary-trained. Having joined the staff of Christ Community in 2013, Sara gives leadership to all facets of Children's Ministry - recruiting, training and leading teams; researching curriculum; partnering with parents through resources and events; and most recently, launching Kids Choir and Backyard Kids Club. Sara married Andrew Nist in 1998 and they are blessed with Hannah, Micah, and Eva. In her down time, Sara enjoys hanging with her teens, walking with Andy, lunching with friends, reading, gardening, laughing at a good sit-com and finding new tunes on Spotify! 

    Contact Sara at s.nist@christcommunitycarmel.org. 

  • Diane Flora - Children's Ministry Assistant

    Diane and her husband Joel moved to the Carmel area after getting married in 2007. They both agree that this area became "home" for them upon attending Christ Community later that fall. She and Joel (a deacon) have served in several ministries within the church over the years and have attended/led 4 mission trips to Mexico. Diane was a Spanish teacher at Fishers High School for five years and now stays home with their 3 children. Diane has served as the Children's Ministry Assistant since 2016. Some of her duties include scheduling the serving teams, prepping lessons and activities, co-leading the Kids Choir, and teaching. Diane enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with her family.

  • Rita Walsh - Office Manager

    Rita Walsh is an Indiana native. Rita and her husband Bill have four adult sons. Rita has a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile & Clothing Design from Iowa State University and has used her expertise many times with volunteer projects.  Rita handles all office duties that are not financial. She also serves on a volunteer basis with the worship team. Rita loves the creative process involved with jewelry making and knitting and also loves to sing and to read. Rita and her husband have been members of Christ Community since 2000. Contact Rita at r.walsh@ChristCommunityCarmel.org. 

  • Tracy DeWitt - Business Manager

    Tracy and her husband, Paul, came to Christ Community Church in February of 2000 after making their home in Fishers. Tracy is our Business Manager, with over 25 years of bookkeeping experience. Tracy handles all financial matters concerning the church. Some of her favorite things to do are discipling and hanging out with the youth, connecting with friends, traveling to her home state of California, going on mission trips, and enjoying family time with their four grown children. Contact Tracy at t.dewitt@ChristCommunityCarmel.org.  

  • Judy Birkel - Co-Director of Women's Ministry (volunteer)

    Judy has been a member of Christ Community since moving to the area in 2011 and has been involved with various aspects of the Women's Ministry from the outset. Since 2015, she has served as director and in 2017 changed focus to a co-director in order to handle the organizational/administrative side of the ministry, overseeing our three areas of mission: discipleship, fellowship and stewardship. Judy enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband, Peter, as well as spending time with two adult children and their families. She appreciates serving with women of CCC who are encouraging examples of walking with Christ on a daily basis, full of grace and beauty. To contact Judy, email her at info@christcommunitycarmel.org. 

  • Kristin Livermore - Co-Director of Women's Ministry (volunteer)

    Kristin and her husband Scott serve with the high school ministry of Cru. In 2006 they moved to Carmel with their 4 children, quickly settling into their new church home at Christ Community. Kristin's background in elementary education, along with her teaching and shepherding gifts, led her to serve in Children's Ministry for several years. In 2011 she began serving on the Women's Ministry Team. Kristin's main focus in Women's Ministry has been discipleship, helping to give leadership to both Women's Bible Studies and Women's Journey Groups. In 2017 she began serving as Co-Director. Kristin likes connecting with friends, new and old; is a lifelong Cubs fan; and enjoys time with Scott and their young adult children.

  • Dan Hindman - Chair of "Community Men" Leadership Team (volunteer)

    Dan and his team seek to create an environment where the Holy Spirit inspires men to engage in life-on-life discipleship. From social outings, revolving around men's various hobbies and interests, to structured small groups and seminars, this ministry connects men with opportunities to grow spiritually through the study of God's Word in relationships with other men. In addition to his ministry at CCC, Dan has helped other area churches create sustainable men's discipleship ministries as the Area Director for Man in the Mirror since 2013. He lives in Westfield with his wife, Maureen, and daughter Claire. When taking a break, he is often found enjoying activities begining with the letter "B" - bicycling, barbecuing, or playing bluegrass music (on his bass, of course).

  • Thomas Fraley - Audio and Production Coordinator (volunteer)

    Thomas has been attending CCC since his freshman year of high school, when his family moved to the Indianapolis area in 2003. At CCC he met his wife-to-be, Nadia, and they were married in early 2011. After six years of marriage they were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Margot. In late 2016 Thomas stepped into leadership as CCC's Audio and Production Coordinator, helping manage the lighting, sound, and visual aspects of the church's ministries. He works full-time as a freelance assistant cameraman, and would describe himself generally as a "tech-head," enjoying all technology, from working with camera and sound equipment, to building and flying drones, to 3-D printing and woodworking.