Keeping each other safe during COVID
Please visit our homepage and specific ministry pages to see how we are adapting our shared ministry to this challenge. Call the church office to schedule an in-person or Zoom visit with a member of our 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
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.
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 Bloomington 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 find me running the B-Line trail or working under the hood of a car.
Adult Choir Conductor – Katie Gardiner
I am thrilled to be making music at St. Thomas. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctorate degree in Choral Conducting at the Jacobs School of Music. I was on the music faculty at Skidmore College as Choral Director and Lecturer in Music from 2011-2018, conducting the Skidmore Community Chorus, Vocal Chamber Ensemble, and teaching a course in Music Theory. An active musician in the region, I also conducted the ensembles at Williams College and the University at Albany. As a passionate music educator, I have worked with students of all ages and abilities. I hold Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education (vocal emphasis and pedagogy emphasis) from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. I have studied conducting with Dominick DiOrio, Betsey Burleigh, William Weinert, Simon Carrington, and Brad Lubman. Prior to my position at Skidmore College, I conducted the Eastman Conducting Orchestra, Repertory Singers, and assisted with the Women’s Chorus, as well as taught middle and high school choruses. At the Eastman School of music, I performed as a member of the acclaimed ensemble, “Voices.” A Connecticut native, I resided in Vermont beginning in 2007 before becoming a part of the Bloomington community.
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.