Pastor and Program Support
Shelley Carver is the Administrative Assistant to the Pastors and Programs at St. Mark’s UMC serving the Pastoral staff, and the various ministries and programs of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
Shelley serves St. Mark’s simultaneous with Covenant Community Church, where she is the Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Dr. Wallace O. McLaughlin, Ph.D. Dr. McLaughlin is also the CEO of Father’s and Families Center Indianapolis.
She began her ministry in 1994 in the local church setting, and in 2001 she accepted the position of Administrative Assistant to District Superintendent in the former Muncie District United Methodist Church. She also served as one of the first “District Communicators” to the former North Indiana Conference under Bishop Woodie White while helping to launch the newly formed “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” marketing campaign locally in Randolph County.
Shelley served as Director of Administration to Happy Corner Church of the Brethren (2003-2014). In that role, she helped the church to redefine what missional ministry looked like in their community setting and served the tenures of multiple pastors.
Shelley is married to Daniel Carver, a Cardiac Rhythm Management Specialist for Abbott Pharmaceutical, for the past 23 years. Their son, Anthony, is a civil engineering major at Trine University. Their daughter, Anna-Marie, is graduating from Noblesville High School in June 2018 and will enter Indiana State University in the fall. They reside in Noblesville, Indiana.
Favorite Sports Team: Trine University Thunder Football (my son plays football here), and the Indianapolis Colts (a requirement from my super fan husband).
Favorite Books: There are so many! Fiction: Putting Makeup on Dead People, a story about love and loss authored by my English Composition college professor, Jen Violi. Nonfiction: Any biography, I love to learn about people – historical and modern day, and anything by Bart Ehrman, James A Gray Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies – University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Favorite Movie: I love the old classics. It’s A Wonderful Life, Gone With the Wind, Dances With Wolves.
Favorite Vacation Destination: East Coast
Favorite Local Restaurant/coffee shop: Northside Social Club
Why work for St. Mark’s UMC?
Being on staff here at St. Mark’s is a true joy. The people of SMUMC are so welcoming and friendly, and the focus on mission and outreach to our local community (and beyond) is very important to me. I have been able to find my niche here at St. Mark’s by using my experience as an Administrative Assistant to Pastoral staff and combining that with my love of radical, welcoming hospitality and the creative aspects of both.