Our Staff

Senior Minister

Rev. Gale Stutz


Pastor Gale began serving as Senior Minister at Carmel Christian Church in September of 2021. Having served as Student Minister at CCC from 2004-2007, and having been ordained at CCC on June 10, 2007, Pastor Gale feels like she’s come home.  She brings a playful spirit to our church. But, be careful—her joy can be contagious! 🙂   Gale and her husband, Tom, have four grown children, one grandchild, and another on the way.

Pastor Gale’s motto: “It’s okay to have fun in church!” She looks forward to meeting you. 



Office Administrator and Church Treasurer

Dave Berninger



Dave Berninger, and his wife, Pam, have been members of Carmel Christian Church since 2013. They have two grown children, both of whom are married. Dave began serving as CCC’s Treasurer in 2017 and came on board as our Church Administrator in September of 2021. A wiz with computers and all things technical, Dave approaches every task with a “can do” attitude and a smile. 



Children’s Worship & Wonder


Nancy Schroeder-Crume

Nancy Crume


Nancy Schroeder-Crume serves as our nursery caregiver and Children’s Worship and Wonder leader. Nancy has two grown children and one grandchild. She and her family have been members of CCC for over 30 years. Her love for children and her sense of wonder make Nancy the ideal nursery caregiver and Worship and Wonder leader. Not surprisingly, Nancy also works one day a week at the Montessori preschool that meets in our building. 



Music Ministry

Michael Erickson


Our talented Director of Music Ministries, Michael Erickson, came to CCC with an incredible variety of musical performances, leadership, and years of experience under his belt. For more than 20 years, Michael served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony Pops orchestra. Michael directed/arranged/and orchestrated for the Lettermen Band, which included 6 cd recordings from 1992-2008.  Along with serving as the Music Director of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame from 2002-2004, Michael played live performances with top artists like Martha and the Vandellas, The Manhattan Transfer, The Fifth Dimension, as well as the Jerry Lewis Telethon (national broadcast), the Children’s Miracle Network (national broadcasts), and many, many more. Michael earned his Master of Music degree from California State University. The folks of CCC are blessed to experience Michael’s musical gifts every Sunday in worship.




Church Council Moderator

Ginger Pyatt


Ginger Pyatt joined CCC in 2003. She has served in a variety of roles over the years. Most recently, she has served as our Church Council Moderator for the past 5 years.  When asked about her hopes and dreams for the future of CCC, Ginger said she is anxious to see people return to worship in person, once the pandemic is better controlled and people continue to get vaccinated. She is excited to see new people coming to our church and looks forward to seeing our children and youth programs thriving once again.




Children and Youth Ministries

Mandy Wray



Mandy Wray joined CCC in 2013. She has worn several hats since then, including deacon and as a member of the pastoral search team. She also served on the hospitality team and the outreach committee, along with running the church nursery. Mandy and her husband, Jeremy, were married at CCC in 2015. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ball State University. She hopes to one day become a youth pastor.

Mandy leads our Children and Youth ministries. She dreams of building a program that is welcoming to ALL children and youth, and provides a safe space to form friendships and a closer relationship with God. Mandy hopes to begin scheduling youth events again in the very near future, as middle and high schoolers continue to get vaccinated. Another of Mandy’s goals is to partner with other area Disciples of Christ youth groups to expand youth experiences and build relationships beyond our community.