Rev. Gale Stutz, Senior Minister

Rev. Gale Stutz began her ministry at Eastgate Christian Church on January 1, 2019. Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2007, Gale brings to ministry a playful spirit and a joyful optimism.  She also serves as Senior Minister of Franklin Central Christian Church, here in Indy, in a yoked partnership between our two churches. Prior to her arrival at Franklin Central CC in 2012, Gale served First Friends Quaker Meeting (Church) for 5 years as Associate Minister. Pastor Gale's motto..."It's okay to have fun in church!" Gale and her husband, Tom, are parents to Tyler (and his lovely wife, Kayla), Matt, Andrew, and Kasey and welcomed their first grandchild (Molly Kay) in April of 2019. Pastor Gale looks forward to sharing the faith journey with you!

 

 Donna Opel, Minister of Music

 

  Donna (Russell) Opel, who grew up in Centenary Christian Church, was immersed in an intense and highly respected music education at an early age. She studied under her father who was a long-time director of music in churches and the public school system, most notably Tech High School.

Donna accepted the position as Director of Music at Eastgate Christian Church in 1992.

With her musical knowledge, passion, and  keen intuition, she has established a wonderful program of a dedicated adult choir and excellent accompanists. As she truly sings from the heart, and chooses all the music here at Eastgate by that criteria, the listeners and  participants are gifted with blessings.

 

 Lola Wolfe, Keyboardist

 

 Lola Wolfe, our keyboardist, has studied and felt dedicated to music ministry from an early age.  "From birth I listened to my mother play piano in a church orchestra and sang my first solo on the church radio program at age 5," says Lola.

 

A graduate of Indiana University and Christian Theological Seminary, Lola is a private piano/voice teacher and has been a music minister in several denominations.  Although ordained by the American Baptist Churches, her heart affiliation has long been with Disciples of Christ, so Eastgate CC has felt like "coming home".

 

Lola's adult sons, Allen and Ryan, have populated her life with girls, three granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.  Fridays are “Nana Day” and sleepovers are common.

 

Lola was drawn to Eastgate CC by the opportunity to work with Donna (Russell) Opel.  They both embrace music and ministry with passion and joy.  Her prayer is that through music they can support and enhance our worship experiences.  

Mary Collins, Pianist

 

Born into a musical family, Mary Collins is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. She began playing the piano at an early age, became her church pianist at age 12, and since then has continually served as pianist and organist in several local churches. For many years, Mary was a private piano teacher and volunteered as a piano instructor at Shepherd Community Center.

 

Mary graduated from Howe High School in Indianapolis. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University and taught in the primary grades. She worked for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) headquarters in Indianapolis for 27 years and served as administrative assistant to five General Ministers and Presidents of the church.  

 

Mary and her daughter, Rhonda, also a pianist, perform as the Mother-Daughter Piano Duo "Side by Side." She also has a son, Matthew, who lives in Cincinnati.

Beth Meyer, Pianist

 

Beth Aubrey Meyer plays piano for our early worship service on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of each month. She also serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Linwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is the Orchestra Director at Arsenal Technical High School, the Director/Accompanist of the Irvington Community Chorale, and maintains a private piano studio. 

 

Beth and her husband, Andy, are the proud parents of two fine young men, Patrick, married to Kelly, is a musician and an auto mechanic and lives in Brazil, Indiana; and Peter is a performing musician with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.