Rev. Kristen B. Marble - Senior Pastor
Kristen Bennett Marble was born in Gallopolis OH and lived in Point Pleasant WV and Blacksburg VA as a young toddler. Her family moved to Moscow, Idaho at the age of 3 where she spent the remainder of her growing-up years. As a young child, Kristen was passionate about justice, kindness and making a difference. Kristen came to love Jesus at a United Methodist summer camp in Junior High, and then rededicated her life to Christ in college. Kristen completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho in 1994, majoring in Chemistry and German. After working in college student affairs and teaching grades K-12 at private, charter and public schools, Kristen and her husband John began their family. Kristen stayed at home with her growing family, eventually homeschooling her children for over ten years.
Kristen served in various church ministries, began a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, and eventually started a House Church in Glendive, Montana. She attended George Fox Seminary (now Portland Seminary), earning her MDiv in 2014. In 2013, Kristen and her family moved to Kansas for John's job, and Kristen connected with the Free Methodist denomination. She was ordained as an elder in the Free Methodist Church in June 2014. While In Kansas, Kristen served as an Associate Pastor at Northwest Free Methodist in Wichita, and co-started and co-led Refuge Ministries in downtown Wichita. In Summer 2016, Kristen and her family moved to Indianapolis, to pastor the Mars Hill Free Methodist Church. In Summer 2017, Kristen accepted an appointment to serve as Senior Pastor at West Morris Church, and looks forward to many years of ministry. Kristen has taught college courses in Bible, theology and ministry, and served as a guest speaker at camps, retreats and conferences. Kristen is currently finishing her DMin degree with Northern Seminary in Chicago, and is particularly passionate about the Old Testament's role in the church today. She blogs regularly at www.KristenMarble.com.
Kristen and her husband John have been married 23 years, and have ten children, ages 11-24. Their family has been built through the miracles of birth and international adoption. Their family enjoys traveling, reading, camping, thrift store shopping and cooking.
Carole Sobotka - Worship Leader
Carole was born and raised in Central Indiana. She started singing in church with her mother at age 8, began playing piano at 9 and joined her first worship team at age 16. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in Communication Arts in 2007. In 2012, she graduated with a MS in Communication from Grand Valley State University. In her spare time Carole enjoys reading, watching movies and babysitting her niece. She is a Newscast Director for FOX59 Morning News. Carole and her husband Matt live in Indianapolis with their pets, Franklin the dog and Maximus the cat. They have been part of West Morris since November 2015.