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 is now Rev. Dr. Marv Nelson after completing his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Alliance Theological Seminary. He’s been in full time Ministry for 17+ years and has been ordained in the C&MA for over 14 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? , Unleash- Empowering the Next Generation Of Leaders as well as his newest book: The Anchored Life.

  • drew walker

    Worship pastor

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as in Nyack, NY, he grew watching his father lead worship every Sunday, and eventually grew into his own love for music and worship. In his Freshman year at Nyack College, Drew started to develop his skills in playing on worship teams and leading small groups.  In 2012, he went to Camp of the Woods and enrolled in the LIFT Discipleship Program, where the Lord developed his skills in Spiritual Leadership. After his time in LIFT, Drew returned to Nyack and continued his studies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry with a Minor in Bible and Theology. Right after graduation in 2017, Drew went to Houston, TX to be a Worship and Youth Pastor at Clear Lake Bible Church, where he served for 7+ years.


    Drew met his wife, Theresa, upon his return to Nyack in 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s in Childhood Education, as well as a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has used her education in schools and clinics during their time in Texas. They welcomed their oldest daughter, Sarah Lee, in May of 2021, and then their daughter Lenora in July of 2023. Drew and Theresa love to spend time in the outdoors, watch shows together, and share wisecracks with each other. 

  • Alissa FRANK

    children's ministry director

    Alissa is a Senior at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, working towards a degree in Digital Communications. She has been an active volunteer at the IAC for 5+ years, having involvement with Sunday school, AWANA, VBS, and the worship team. She loves working with the kids, seeing them learn about God in creative ways, and watching each child grow in their relationship with Christ.  

  • Rick Cessna

    youth MINISTRY Director

    Rick Rocks...

  • lauren bailey


    Lauren graduated from Clarion University with a degree in finance. She married Landon in 2004 and blessed them with 4 children- Hunter, Dylan, River, and Ireland. While being a full-time mom, she has been serving in Children's Ministry for over 13 years. She loves seeing kids get excited about God and His Word and encourages the children to be the salt and light of this world. 

  • 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!

  • Bobby rank

    part-time janitor