Staff


  • Rev. Jim Talarico - Interim Senior Pastor

    Kelly and I are from western Pennsylvania and have spent the last 26 years in Colorado pastoring, church-planting, and raising our family. We are looking forward to this new season, and are encouraged by how God is working at CCC. 

    Jim is called to pastor Christ's church and loves evangelism, and the ministry of the Word. He is married to Kelly, and they have 5 adult children and 18 grandchildren scattered all over the U.S. 

  • 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 has called Indiana home for 10 years. She has a passion for the Lord and building His Church. Growing up in a Christian family and church, Sara felt God's call on her life early and has always desired to serve in the church. College years at Bowling Green State University were when God further ignited this flame and began preparing her for ministry. She majored in Communications Education (minored in Speech, English with a concentration in Journalism) while being discipled and trained for ministry through Cru. Blessed to meet her husband, Andy, through Cru, they have been married for nearly two decades and have three children. Sara homeschooled her kids for four years and also taught Bible at Northpoint

  • 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 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.

  • Tracy DeWitt - Business Manager

    Tracy DeWitt is a native of California. Tracy and her husband Paul have been married for 27 years and have four children. Paul and Tracy moved to Fishers in 2000. She has been a bookkeeper for 25 years in addition to holding several staff positions at CCC. Tracy is currently our Business Manager and volunteers as a Student Discipleship Group Leader.

  • 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.