Indiana alliance church Team

The staff and leadership here at Indiana Alliance Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at

Staff & Leadership

  • Marv Nelson

    Lead Pastor

    Marv loves Jesus, his wife Hilary, his three kids: MJ, Amelia and Liam and he loves the church! He graduated from Nyack College with a dual major in Youth Ministry and Pastoral Ministry. He then received his Master’s degree in Intercultural Leadership as well as his Master's of Divinity from Crown College. He’s been in full time Ministry for 15+ years and has been ordained in the C&MA for over 11 years. Most recently before being the Lead Pastor at IAC, he was the College and Campus Plant Pastor at Allegheny Center Alliance Church. He has written several books, which include What Good is Jesus? And the forthcoming Unleash- Empowering the Next Generation Of Leaders.

  • Mike groop

    Worship and college pastor

    Mike graduated from Asbury University with a degree in Music Education, and earned a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty University. He has been in full-time vocational since 2015. With a background in teaching, he loves helping others discover and develop their gifts to serve the Lord. Mike and his wife Kate were married in 2015 and love serving the Lord together. 


    children's ministry director

    This position is currently open for Applications!  Email: if interested.

  • Bryan Gillenwater

    youth MINISTRY Director

    Bryan has a background in Young Life and most recently taught secondary math at Seeds of Faith Christian Academy.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and, upon graduating, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy.  He was also enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Western Seminary in Portland, OR.  For Bryan, living out the Gospel in daily life and becoming more like Jesus is true Living.

  • Candy Deemer

    Church admin

    Candy Deemer enjoys her work as Administrative Assistant since starting in this position in September 2010.  Candy, as her name suggests, was destined to love chocolate.  The sign plague on her office desk of “Chocolate Understands” is very appropriate!

  • Ed & jean Cunnings

    CHURCH clean up crew

    Ed and Jean are long-time attenders of Indiana Alliance Church who are on staff as the Janitorial crew. They love the Lord, His church, each other and this country. Together they are a mighty force for the Lord!