• John Newland // senior pastor

    Pastor John has served at Fall Creek since 2004. His mission in life is to lead people to become passionate Christ-followers who produce passionate Christ-followers. He is committed to practical teaching and application of God's Word that empowers people to live with joy, purpose, and hope in a broken world. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he served as Team Leader for Church Planting for the Crossroads Association of greater Indianapolis and has chaired the movement of church planting called Send Indianapolis. Additionally, Pastor John has partnered with mission trips to Bolivia, Brazil, Iraq, South Africa and Thailand. He and his wife, Tracy, recently celebrated 28 years of marriage, and they have a son in college and a daughter in grad school. Pastor John is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Mathematics. His post-graduate degrees include a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee in 1993, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 2002. He served as Second Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2008-2009. Pastor John is currently working on a Ph.D. in preaching and ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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  • scott stayton // associate pastor of youth & families

    Pastor Scott has served at Fall Creek since 2005. “God’s ways are definitely higher than my ways!” says this 20-year veteran of student ministry whose diversified career has included stints as an award-winning television sportscaster and a communication specialist and speechwriter with the Kentucky House of Representatives. Though his experience spans an array of professions, it was always student ministry that had his heart. “I can’t remember a time that I didn’t work in student ministry in some way, whether it was as a volunteer, in sports leagues, or as a volunteer youth director during my time in broadcasting and politics—student ministry is where my heart always was!” After graduating from Liberty University, Scott spent years working as a sports reporter, anchor and director while volunteering as youth leader at his church. After God called him back to his father’s home church and into full-time ministry, Scott served 12 years at Bible Baptist in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, where he also directed camps and spoke across the country at youth events. Scott has served at Fall Creek for the past 11 years where he leads X-Stream Student Ministries. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Lisa, for 25 years and has the joy of being Daddy to his five incredible children.

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    Clayton has served on staff at Fall Creek since March of 2015. In addition to striving to be a Christ-like husband to Sarah and father to Aubrey, Clayton is deeply passionate about fostering a lifestyle of authentic worship that pleases God. He is committed to leading God-centered corporate worship that is biblically rooted and culturally relevant. His chief aim in life is to become a better worshiper of God while encouraging others to do the same. He and his wife are also passionate about making their home a place of ministry, becoming foster parents in 2018. He is a 2013 graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelors degree in Worship and Music Studies. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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  • APRIL REYNOLDS // Director, Children's Ministry AND WEECare Preschool & Kindergarten

    April and her husband John, with their three young daughters, have been members of Fall Creek since 2006. Originally from Michigan's Upper Peninsula (above the bridge), April is a 1998 Journalism graduate of Indiana University and enjoyed working in book publishing for over 15 years, starting her own firm to support local authors, independent bookstores, and to advocate childhood literacy programs. April has spent the last thirteen years devoted to Fall Creek’s weekday preschool ministry, WEECare Preschool & Kindergarten, where she is now Director, as well as Fall Creek's Children's Ministry; and has loved every minute of it. In her free time, April enjoys reading, writing, crocheting and hiking. Women’s Bible studies and Marriage ministries are a passion of hers. In juggling many roles, she can definitely say that “Wife” and “Mommy” are the sweetest.

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    Becky and her husband Paul, along with their three children, have been members of Fall Creek since 2002. She and Paul are originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and were high school sweethearts. Paul's 20-year career in the Navy took them to many duty stations--their favorite being Yokosuka, Japan. Their final move was to Indianapolis, and here they have stayed. After a 16-year career working with special needs children in public schools, Becky joined the administrative staff at Fall Creek in August 2016. Becky enjoys taking long walks and playing with her grandchildren, and she enjoys serving in AWANA, children's ministry, nursery, and women's ministry. But her greatest joy--second only to her own saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior--is that her children walk in that same knowledge (3 John 4). 

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