Leadership

Pastors, Staff & Elders

Ben Yee

Lead Pastor

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 nine 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!

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.

Matt Scobell

Operations Director

Matt has been part of the Central Christian Church team since November 2020. Him and his wife Sarah have 3 children: Alivia, Abram and Ally. Matt has a passion to see people live out the abundant life Jesus talks about in John 10:10. As a family the things they love most is seeing the Church reach our community with the love of Jesus, exploring the world and welcoming friends into their home.

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.

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!

Brenda Labie

Office Assistant

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.

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.
Matt Wieneke
Bill Everhart
Rexanne Ude
Brent Goben
Marguerite Galloway