Rector: The Revd. Frank Impicciche
Fr. Frank has been the priest at St. Matthew's since January 2016. He came to St. Matthew's after serving in a bi-vocational setting as the Vicar of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Martinsville, Indiana while also serving as a certified Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor. He has provided ministry in the healthcare setting for over 20 years.
In July 2018, Fr. Frank left the healthcare setting and became full-time at St. Matthew's.
Fr. Frank enjoys working collaboratively with congregations to challenge, envision and discern their gifts to be used for serving God in the world. He believes that the work of the church is to develop disciples who go out into the world living out their vocations and God-given gifts to the best of their abilities. At St. Matthew's, Fr. Frank works with the vestry (governing and visioning board) and staff in developing a vision for our work together.
Fr. Frank has served as the Co-Chair of the Commission on Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, the governing Board of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Diocese.
Fr. Frank is married to Susan Wolf. His daughter, Clare, is a graduate of Marian University and is employed in Indianapolis. They enjoy the company of their two cats, Delilah and Gallagher. He loves to travel and is a life-long drummer.
One of his favorite stories in the Bible is the call of Moses and the Burning Bush!
Parish Communications Administrator: Sarah Conklin
Hello Everyone, My name is Sarah! I was born and raised in Indiana. I’ve made a few moves to other states and still end up drawn back to Indiana. It's home! I have been in church for as long as I can remember, I grew up in the United Church of Christ. My dad is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and is currently serving a church in Over the Rhine in downtown Cincinnati. Being in the church is in my bones. I have been in it all my life, and I love it.
I am a member of Faith United Church of Christ over in Beech Grove. I started going to Faith UCC when I moved back to Indiana a year ago, and I knew from the moment I stepped in I had found my church home.
I work full time at The Alexander Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. I have been working in hotels for the past 6 years. There is something about hospitality that I find charming. I love being in an industry that is about serving others. In the little bit of free time I somehow manage to get throughout the week I love to volunteer. I regularly work at the food pantry at Faith UCC. As Love to volunteer. I regularly work at the food pantry at Faith UCC. I have been blessed with the goodness that is my life, and I feel called to try and to bless others when I can.
I am a super big nerd, anything someone might consider “nerdy” I am probably a fan of. I love books, movies, comic books, and sci-fi/ fantasy. I have always been a really big fan of Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist has always been my favorite book. Oliver and Company is my favorite Disney movie (Mulan is a close second). I would choose Marvel comics over DC Comics (because I will always love Thor!). I have always been a huge Trekkie (Picard over Kirk, always!). My favorite movie has been Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for the past 20 years. I think I know every line to the movie Duck Soup and I’m a fan of randomly quoting it. I go to Comic-Con and StarBase Indy every year with my mom. We love getting into costumes and taking pictures. It has become our yearly tradition.
Organist and Choirmaster: Dale Caldwell
Dale Caldwell is the newest member of the St. Matthew's staff, having recently retired as Associate Organist & Coordinator of the Music & Fine Arts Department of Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis.
He is excited to have the opportunity to again serve as a musician in the Episcopal church, his spiritual home. He was baptized in and is a member of Trinity Episcopal, Indianapolis.
Dale earned bachelor and masters degrees in organ performance from Indiana University, where he was a student of Dr. Clyde Holloway. He has served as a full-time Organist/Choirmaster in churches in Illinois, North Carolina, and Indianapolis (Tabernacle Presbyterian Church). For many years, he was an area representative for the Schantz Organ Company, Orrville, Ohio. For more than 25 years, he has operated a Haviland china matching service and maintains a stock of more than 25,000 pieces.
He and his partner Neil Larson (whose first Episcopal church organist position was at St. Matthew's in the early 1970's while an organ student at Indiana University) live in a century home in the Meridian-Kessler area, surrounded by a considerable mixture of contemporary and antique furniture as well as contemporary art glass and pottery. They are kept busy by their two dogs: Winston, a wire-haired terrier embodying unconditional love; and Micro, a four-pound chihuahua that would benefit greatly from trips to a psychiatrist.
Handbell Choir Director: Crystal Black
My primary profession is as a board-certified music therapist working with individuals with disabilities and refugees. I graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Music Education and a minor in Speech and Theater, and attained a Master of Arts in Music degree from the University of Connecticut. I later attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying church music and pastoral counseling. I trained for music therapy at IUPUI.
My professional experience includes music therapy with individuals with developmental and medical issues through the Indiana Medicaid waiver and refugees and seniors through charitable organizations and private practice, music performance, music education at the college level, and as a church musician for three different denominations over 40 years. I have completed a study on music therapy’s effects on engagement in adults with dementia. I functioned as a music therapist clinician on the SMART2 study, working with resilience in illness. I am a member of the American Music Therapy Association.
I am married to a bright, caring man. I have two children, four furry and two winged children. I have visited all 50 states in the United States and have driven to Alaska three times in my life.
At St. Matthews Episcopal Church, I continue my 40-year tradition as a church musician by leading St. Matthew’s Hand Bell Choir. The Hand Bell Choir is made up of volunteers of varying degrees of experience who join together each week to prepare music for the Sunday morning 10:00 Eucharist service. Bells are used in the liturgy every week, and the choir generally presents musical compositions once a month.
Bells are the ultimate in group musicianship, because the ensemble depends on every member’s participation. The absence of one diminishes the musical quality of the experience. We are always seeking new individuals who would like to join the bell choir.
I love so many things about St. Matthews. Coming from a non-liturgical denomination, I am moved by the beauty of the traditional rituals of worship. At St. Matthew’s, that beauty is compounded by the wonderful music and contemporary architecture that allows voices to resound together. Community is created through saying the words and singing the songs and experiencing worship through all of our senses. It reflects the way all of ourselves are welcome at St. Matthews, in this community of varied individuals.
The Rector's Warden: Steve Albrecht
I have been a member of Saint Matthew’s since 2000. I came to Saint Matthew’s after moving from Saint Paul, MN with my wife Jennifer – who grew up as a member of Saint Matthew’s. I am serving as a member of the Vestry for a second time and this is also my second time as Senior Warden.
As Senior Warden, I am the primary elected lay leader of the parish and serve as the principal liaison between the parish and the rector. The Senior Warden works alongside the parish Rector and together they share the mission and vision of the parish and manage its operations as well. The role of Senior Warden includes facilitating the monthly Vestry meeting and being accessible to other church officers and to all members of the Parish.
An active member of Saint Matthew’s, I sing in the choir, am a Lector and Intercessor, have been a delegate to the Diocesan Convention, and chaired the planning committee for Saint Matthew’s Centennial in 2016. I love the way Saint Matthew’s embodies the notion of open hearts and caring hands and the fellowship this warm and caring community practices with everyone.
The People's Warden: Melissa Kleine