St. Thomas Staff
Pastor – The Rev. Adrianne Meier
Pr. Adrianne Meier joined the St. Thomas staff in September 2020. She is happy to return to her home Hoosier state after serving congregations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. A graduate of Capital University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Pr. Adrianne is passionate about creating space where people can experience God’s radical welcome, deepen their relationship with God, listen for God’s call, and participate together in God’s creative and redeeming work. She loves to read, write, and knit.
Pr. Adrianne lives with her spouse, Matt, two daughters, Hope and Lucy, and dog, Finn McCool, in Ellettsville.
Minister of Youth and Christian Nurture – Rev. Lecia Beck
Pr. Lecia Beck joined the St. Thomas staff in January 2021. She is a graduate of Malone College and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Before becoming a pastor, Pr. Lecia spent many years working for the YMCA of Central Ohio, creating spaces where individuals were encouraged, diversity was embraced and all children could thrive. She comes to us after serving as pastor of another congregation in Indiana. Pr. Lecia believes that youth are not just the future of the church, but an integral part of the church today and hopes that together, we can create space where every person knows how deeply God loves them.
Pr. Lecia is married to Arthur and together they have a dog Lola. The three of them enjoy hiking and exploring new places together. Pr. Lecia also enjoys reading, cooking, listening to podcasts and exploring spiritual practices.
Parish Administrator Erica Whichello is a native Michigander who moved to Bloomington in the year 2000. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist church here in town. In a previous life Erica studied library science, and later worked at IU in graduate education. She and her husband Chris live in town and enjoy hiking, cooking, gardening, and playing board games.
Bookkeeper Jason Blessing has been a permanent resident of Bloomington since 2007 after having also lived here from 1994 to 2001. He has two teenage children that also reside in Bloomington. After a 20-year career in restaurant management, he went back to school and completed his associate’s degree in accounting at Ivy Tech in 2017. Currently he works part time for Recreational Sports at Indiana University in addition to joining us here at St. Thomas Lutheran.
Organist and Director of Music – Mike Powell
I am a church musician, recitalist, and composer of sacred music. I completed the Master of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2014 and received my Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College in 2010. I’m currently working to complete the Doctor of Music degree at IU. I’m also an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. I grew up in the Lutheran tradition and enjoy serving in such a vibrant community as St. Thomas. I live in Indianapolis with my wife, Susan (also a church musician), and my three kids, Jacob, Meredith, and Joshua. When I’m not on the organ bench or hanging out with the kiddos, you might working under the hood of a car.
Interim Adult Choir Conductor – Dr. Dale Heidebrecht
Dale is a member of St. Thomas, has a doctorate in choral conducting, and brings with him many years of experience conducting church choirs. We are glad to welcome him into this interim role and are excited for the opportunity to make music with him.
Children’s Choir Director – Melissa de Graaf
I am delighted to be taking on the role of Children’s Choir Director at St. Thomas. I have a long and varied musical background. as a music professor at the University of Miami, as a youth choir director, and leading a music and movement program for preschoolers at a former church in Florida. I am now a stay-at-home mom, as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. My husband, Justin Rust, and I have two daughters–Sophia and Mary. I enjoy working with the young singers of St. Thomas to praise God, have fun, and learn some things along the way.