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!
Deacon Cathy Scott
Deacon Cathy is a retired clinical social worker and attorney. She was ordained by Bishop Cate Waynick in 2012 and has served Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers since her ordination. Deacon Cathy is Chair of the diocesan Commission on Ministry and serves on the diocesan Racial Healing and Reconciliation Team, coordinating diocesan-wide Dismantling Racism Workshops. She is also co-facilitator of Sacred Ground, an educational program developed by the national Episcopal Church focused on the history of racial injustice in the United States.
Deacon Cathy serves on the Diaconal Formation Task Force and is involved in on-going deacon formation. Bishop Jennifer has also asked Cathy to lay the groundwork for a diocesan pilgrimage to the Scottish Isle of Iona in 2022.
Deacon Cathy has a Masters in Theological Studies and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. Meinrad School of Theology. She is interested in Celtic Spirituality and Creation Care. She developed and led worship services for Holy Hikes into the woods and a Forest Church worship service that she and the Revd Patrick Burke lead.
Deacon Cathy is grandma to 11yo Brayden. She and her partner, Joan, live on the eastside and celebrated their 20th anniversary this year. She loves hiking, books, pipe organs, nature, developing and leading prayer services and retreats, Benedictine monasticism, and Scotland. She has been involved in social justice activities since 1976 and has served as State Chair of the Human Rights Campaign.
Seminarian- In- Residence
This week, we welcomed seminarian, Joél Muñoz who will spend the remainder of the year with us in a field placement. Joél will be with us through December, when he will be ordained as a Transitional Deacon. Transitional deacons are eventually ordained to the priesthood. Vocational deacons, like Deacon Cathy, respond to God’s call specifically to the diaconate, itself.
Joél will then continue serving at St. Matthew’s after he is ordained a deacon and until he is ordained a priest. This “transitional period” between ordinations is usually 6 months or a tad longer.
Originally from Lafayette, Joél holds two advanced degrees – a doctorate in Education and a master’s in business administration. He is currently working toward both his M.Div. at Christian Theological Seminary and his Certificate in Anglican Studies from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkley. Joél’s career has been in the public school system. This past year, Joél has been working as the Director of Student and Community Services at the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township. He and his husband, Kyle, are proud dog dads.
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 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/ Choirmaster: David Boeckh
David Boeckh joined the staff at St. Matthew’s in October 2020. Originally from Seattle, David moved to Indiana to pursue his master’s degree at Indiana University where he studies organ with Christopher Young. David began playing the organ while his family was living in Berlin, Germany, and he continued his studies with Mel Butler at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle and at the University of Washington with Carole Terry. David completed his undergraduate degree at Oberlin Conservatory as a student of James David Christie. David has participated in numerous summer organ academies and competitions in the US and Europe, including the North German Organ Academy in Bremen, Germany and the Haarlem International Organ Festival in the Netherlands and is the winner of the 2015 West Chester Organ Competition.
A passionate church musician, David has served Episcopal congregations in Washington, Ohio, and Oregon, and in 2018 he was the Wilson Family Sacred Music Intern at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. Before coming to Indiana, David worked for two years as the organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Some of David’s favorite composers include: William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Charles Tournemire, and Herbert Howells, although outside of the classical music realm, he also has a strong affinity for early-2000s pop hits! When he’s not playing the organ or thinking about Anglican choral music, David loves to cook—especially any recipe that includes SPAM!!
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: Andy Wilkinson
I am honored to serve as the Senior Warden for St. Matthew’s for 2021. In this volunteer role, I facilitate the Vestry meetings and work with the Father Frank, the staff, and the Vestry (elected church board) to help St. Matthew’s and its members fulfill our mission.
This is an exciting and interesting time at St. Matthew’s. Under Father Frank’s leadership, the congregation is enjoying growth and financial stability. While we must continue to be a caring, welcoming, and friendly church home, we cannot be too satisfied or comfortable with our ministry to just ourselves. The eastside of Indianapolis has really changed over the last 20 years. There are a lot of needs – spiritual, financial, physical – needs that are calling us to meet them.
My wife, Angie and I have been married since 2013 and we live in a home that we restored in Irvington. We have 5 grown children between us and two grandchildren and another one on the way. I am an actuary by profession and work for an insurance company in Indianapolis. I enjoy boating, traveling, walking, snow skiing, landscaping, and spending time with family and friends. A question I often get asked is “How tall are you?” – I am 6’7” tall (and no I did not play organized basketball)
The People's Warden: Melissa Kleine