Central Leadership

The men and women of our staff and leadership here at Central love, care about, and pray for every single person in the church.  If you have questions for us, reach out and email us or call our church office to speak with us.

  • Ben Yee

    Lead Pastor

    Ben is the lead pastor here at Central.  He is grateful for the opportunity to bring visionary leadership and biblical preaching to the precious people of Central Christian Church and the community of Seymour.  Ben grew up in a Lutheran church and came to Christ as a teenager through Young Life.  He worked as a carpenter on residential high-rise buildings in Chicago before becoming a pastor.   He and his wife Katie have 4 boys, Abram, Micah, Reuben, and Peter.  When not playing with the kids or hanging out with friends, Ben likes to garden.  He has served as a pastor for eight years and has a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and Ministry from Wheaton College.

    ben@centralseymour.org


  • robin everhart

    Pastor of Spiritual Growth

    Central Christian Church has been Robin's home church and church family all her life. She came on staff full-time in 2005 after 30 years in the business world. For 9 years Robin served as our Youth Director.  She loved sharing Christ with our youth and enjoyed watching lives change.  Robin currently serves as our Pastor of Spiritual Growth, overseeing staff and leaders in many areas of ministry.  She gives leadership to our small groups, our connections ministries, our outreach ministries, and our operations.  

     

    Jesus transformed Robin's life after the death of her son Benjy! Since then, her passion is to connect people to Christ so they can develop a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. Robin often works alongside her husband Bill, who like Robin, is also a pastor here at Central Christian Church. They have another son, Blake, and in her spare time, Robin loves reading, camping, and traveling anywhere tropical!

    robin@centralseymour.org


  • Neil Gardner

    Director of Worship and technology

    Neil joined our staff in September 2017. He has served on the faculty of Midwest Christian College (Oklahoma City, OK), Intermountain Bible College (Grand Jct., CO) and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO).  He has also served churches in Illinois and Indiana. He has been in ministry for 40 years. Neil holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Midwest Christian College and a Masters in Music Education from Oklahoma City University. He is married to Linda and they have three daughters – Joanna, Janelle and Julianne. He loves spending time with his family plus music, technology, and traveling.

    neil@centralseymour.org


  • Lisa wieneke

    director of children's ministries

    Lisa is the Children’s Ministry Director at CCC. She spent time volunteering in the church nursery before taking a temporary part-time position in our Children's Ministry in 1999. Since then, her position has grown into a permanent role, leading our Children's Ministry and supporting our Daycare Ministry. Lisa grew up in Columbus and was actively involved at First Christian Church throughout her youth. She joined Central Christian in 1992 when she and Matt were married. Lisa and Matt are the parents of Mackenzie, Reid, and Ryan. Outside of church, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs, and reading. Lisa feels blessed to have the chance to connect with children and families and share with them the love of Jesus.

    lisa@centralseymour.org


  • BRandi Smith

    Youth Director

    Brandi is the Youth Director here at Central Christian Church.  She is married to Wil.  Together they have two children, Carmin and William.  Carmin is a freshman in college.  William is a freshman in high school.  Brandi has a degree in elementary education from Indiana University Southeast.  She has taught for 15 years.  She currently teaches kindergarten at Sand Creek Elementary in Jennings County.  She enjoys traveling and outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.  She has three main goals for our youth ministry:  Spiritual growth, Service to Others, and to Develop and strengthen relationships.  So she hopes to do that through her service in the youth ministry.

    brandi@centralseymour.org


  • KRIS Bevers

    Daycare director

    Kris began working in our Daycare when it opened in 2006, working with our 15 month olds, toddlers, and 3-year-olds. In 2012 Kris transitioned into her current role as our Daycare Director. She has two children, Nicole and Ryan, who keep her busy with cheerleading and basketball.  Kris loves to spend her weekends camping in spring, summer, and fall!

    kris@centralseymour.org


  • Janice Brock

    Financial Secretary

    Janice is great!  We love her!

    janice@centralseymour.org

  • Claudia Huddleston

    Office administrator

    Claudia, our Office Manager, has been on the CCC staff since 2006 and is blessed to serve in the church office. She enjoys helping members of the community, the church family and church staff stay in close communication. Claudia is a retired Middle School teacher from northeastern Ohio and is the wife of Paul Huddleston, Chaplain at Hoosier Christian Village. Claudia and Paul have 11 grandchildren. Claudia’s faith walk began as she grew up in three churches simultaneously. She came to learn that there was one constant in all three churches that was completely trustworthy, that being the Word of God. After attending her Koinonia Weekend (similar to Emmaus) in 1981, her commitment to the Lord strengthened and her desire to serve the Lord has grown from that time. Claudia’s favorite interests are helping Paul in his ministry, their family (including their two cats), reading, doing artwork, and gardening.

    claudia@centralseymour.org

  • Brenda Labie

    Office Assistant

    As a child until her early 20’s, Brenda attended First Baptist Church in Crothersville, IN. She was active in the Baptist Youth program and was baptized after attending Southeast Christian Camp when she was 11 years old.  When she married and we moved to Brownstown, IN she joined the Presbyterian Church in Brownstown and was in the choir.  Brenda has always been inspired by Christian music.  In the late 90’s she moved to Seymour and transferred her membership to the Seymour Presbyterian Church.  There she was an elder and active in their choir as well.  Brenda and her second husband joined Central Christian Church in November 2002 and she was again in the choir.  Brenda has served on Diaconate, as Diaconate leader, and as an Elder.  Brenda is a co-leader of a funeral team, serves home communion, is a Deacon on the Worship Team and a Stephen Minister.

     

    After retiring from Jackson County REMC, Brenda came on staff in May of 2013.   Part of her responsibilities is to take applications for ones needing assistance.  This is something Brenda really has a heart to do as she loves helping ones in need.  In her spare time she enjoys going to a local gym, serving at the Alley, reading Christian books and seeing her daughter and son-in-law, her son and her 5 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

    brenda@centralseymour.org

OUR BOARD OF ELDERS

Our elders take unique responsibilities at Central to be shepherds of God's flock: to protect, feed, lead, and care for God's people here.  Pray for our elders as they willingly take this burden upon themselves.  We are blessed by their ministry to our church!

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  • Bill Everhart

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