What We Believe

Southport Presbyterian Church is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  We were founded in 1833 and have sought to be a light for Jesus Christ on the South side of Indianapolis ever since.  We believe the Bible is true and that Jesus is exactly who he says he is—the Son of God, forgiver of sins and friend of sinners.  Our desire is to help you to love God, love each other, and serve the world.

We think doctrine is important, but we also value people exploring the claims of Jesus at their own pace and we absolutely love it when you ask honest, heartfelt questions.

Essentials of Faith

All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. 

Meet our Staff

Rob Hock

Senior Pastor
Rob has served in ministry since coming to Christ in the early 90's and has been at Southport Pres since 2012. He has an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is married with four kids and a dog. rhock@southportpres.org

Glen Massey

Associate Pastor
Glen joined the team in January 2017.  He is married with three kids and enjoys cycling, reading and exploring unique restaurants.    He has an MDiv and DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. gmassey@southportpres.org

Tracy Goodson

Director of Contemporary Worship
Tracy has always been involved in music and leading worship while at Southport Pres. She has a heart for the Lord and a spirit that loves to worship. tgoodson@southportpres.org

Laura Krell

Director of Traditional Worship
Laura Krell loves being involved in church and music. She has two adopted kids  who keep her hopping along, and also two dogs and pet turtles. lkrell@southportpres.org

Paul Gearhart

Sr. High Ministry Director
Graduating from Taylor University in 1981, Paul began working with Youth For Christ on the Southside of Indianapolis. Leading Senior High for Southport Pres has become Paul and Becky’s (his wife) life work. They have three married children. pgearhart@southportpres.org

Melissa Davis

Children's Ministry Director
Melissa Davis is a long time member of Southport Pres and joined the staff in 2016.  She serves as the Children’s Ministry Director overseeing children and family programming and discipleship.

Tori Nuetzel

Interim Jr. High Ministry Director
Tori has felt called into ministry since 2004. While the areas of service have changed over the years the call to share Jesus and make disciples has remained steadfast. She met her husband, Andy at Southport Pres and they have 3 children. tnuetzel@southportpres.org

Holly Richards

Assistant Children's Ministry Director
Holly is a member of Southport Pres. She is married to her husband, Tony, and is the mom to three beautiful girls. Holly enjoys working with children and helping them to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus. hrichards@southportpres.org

Dave Heasley

Director of Business Operations
Dave has been a member at SPC for over 40 years. In October of 2020 he accepted the position of Director of Business Operations. He retired from Anthem in 2015, but found a passion to get back to work. He has no doubt the position at SPC was a "God thing". dheasley@southportpres.org

Matt evans

Communications Director
Matt has worked in graphic design, web design, and marketing for nine years. He was formally trained in Multimedia design at Ivy Tech & Indiana Wesleyan University. He is very thankful for his position as our Communication Director.

Shelley Campbell

Human Resource & Finance Assistant
Shelley serves SPC as an accountant and payroll coordinator and assists Dave Heasley with HR. She lives in urban Indianapolis with her teen daughter and three rowdy rescue pups. scampbell@southportpres.org

Andrea McCleery

Executive Administrative Assistant
Andrea has been a member at Southport Pres for over five years. She has a Masters in Social Work and a passion for organization. andream@southportpres.org

Jo McCauley

Administrative Assistant, Youth Ministry
What a blessing to serve our Lord wherever needed.  Sometimes, it's been through music or written words in my book.  But most often, it's sharing one-on-one about the transforming power of the cross.  May God be glorified in my life! jmccauley@southportpres.org

Marilyn Bean

Administrative Assistant, Finance
Marilyn has served Southport Pres in a variety of capacities over the past 15+ years, currently providing support in the business office. She and her husband Sam live in Greenwood near their two married children and five grandchildren. mbean@southportpres.org

Shana Hoffman

Principal of SPCS
Shana was a language arts teacher for 20 years and then, decided to pursue a Building Level Administrator’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and became the Principal at Southport Presbyterian Christian School. shoffman@southportpres.org

Sarah Rondot

Director of Welcome Place Child Care
Sarah started working at Welcome Place when she was 18 years old. Welcome Place has become her home away from home. She has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Sarah became the Director of Welcome Place in September of 2019.  srondot@southportpres.org

Becky Thein

Preschool Director of SPCS
Becky has 6 years of experience working with children and teens with special needs in a variety of settings. She has a BA in Art and Theater Design from the U. Indy and is working towards her Master's in Childhood Development at Ball State. She enjoys getting to work with children in a Christian atmosphere. bthein@southportpres.org

Laura Wagner

Assistant Director of Welcome Place
Laura has worked in the field of Early Childhood for over 20 years. She received her BS in Child Development from Purdue University. Laura has a heart for children and fostering their development. lwagner@southportpres.org

Aleen Philhower

Congregation Care Coordinator
Aleen Philhower has been a member of Southport Pres since the 1980s. She supports our shut-ins, those who are hospitalized, and those facing death, whether their own or of a loved one. aphilhower@southportpres.org

Chris Rothrock

Director of Facilities
Chris can fix almost anything that’s broken and takes pride in keeping the church running smoothly and efficiently.  He's been part of the team since 2008. crothrock@southportpres.org

Karen Skora

Director of Food Service Ministry
Karen joined SPC in 1998 in the Parent's Day Out Program. She is now the Director or Food Ministry and enjoys using her gift of service and cooking to feed others.  kskora@southportpres.org

Session of Elders

Front row (left to right): J.T. Diener, David Steiner (clerk), Jason Dang, Glen Massey, Jolynn Badgero, Julie Mennel, Mary Minix, Bryan Hollingsworth, John Testa, and Fred Burton.
Back row (left to right): Matt Smith, Dave Heasley, Rob Hock, Karl Anderson, Ron Epple, and Jason Mueller.
Not pictured: Ruth Mercer

Deacons Committee

Front row: Teresa Christy, Abby Skinner, Kathy Smith, Stephen Gearhart, Karynn Arnett
Second row: Nicki Mueller, Harold Maze, Mary Ann Maze, Judy Carey, Rose Scruggs, Steve Rainey, Kate Gregg,
Third row: Tim Weko, Tina Weko, Cordell Miller, Emily Kennedy, David Lentz

Not pictured: Mackenzie Allen, Linda Bolls, Bill Brown, Bob Dixon, Patti Grimes, Tim Grimes, Holly Mercer, Dumisani Mezalumo, Shelby Miller, Tony Richards, Lark Roberts, Matt Snow, Kathleen Lentz, Shelby Miller

BOard of Trustees

Front row: Dan Clevenger, Jim Hoffman, Jay Newlin, Chris Rothrock
Back row: Heather Hollingsworth, Ryan Taylor, Shaele Massey

Not pictured: Fred Burton, Mike Goodson, J.D. Hamilton, Al Nuetzel, Rommel Pina