The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Murphy is a minister-scholar-activist. He is responsible for the spiritual life of the church through preaching, teaching, and pastoral care, serving as executive head and administrator of church staff. Prior to accepting the call to serve Plymouth Church as its Senior Pastor and Teacher in August 2018, Timothy most recently served as Transitional Pastor of All Peoples Christian Church in Los Angeles, CA. He previously led Progressive Christians Uniting, a faith and social justice organization based in southern California, as its Executive Director for three years, focusing on the areas of mass incarceration and climate change. He has also taught courses at Claremont School of Theology in the areas of Religion, Ethics, and Politics. From 2007-2010, he was the Minister for Youth and Social Justice at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad, CA.
Holding standing in both the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Timothy has served in various congregational and ministry settings in Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, and California. Author of Counter-Imperial Churching for a Planetary Gospel: Radical Discipleship for Today and Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up, he and his wife, Candace, are proud to call Fort Wayne home.
REV. DR. TIMOTHY C. MURPHY
The Rev. Ruth E. Phillips is nearing 18 years of ministry among the people of Plymouth Church. She graduated Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and was ordained in 1974 in the Rochester, NY area. After eleven years on Long Island where she served in ecumenical, nursing home, and hospice settings, she came to Fort Wayne in 1999. As associate pastor her ministry among the congregation includes worship leadership, pastoral care, facilitating small group studies, helping to create and support education and fellowship events. She conducts Welcoming Group gatherings for persons considering becoming members of Plymouth. In the wider community she is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, and she serves on the board of Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. She is the mother of an adult son and daughter and grandmother to three youngsters. Her housemate is a rescued 18 month old cat, Lucky Star.
Rev. Carole Green serves part time as Associate in Pastoral Care, extending the concern and care of Plymouth to elderly church members who are homebound or in nursing homes. She became a member of Plymouth more than 50 years ago, during which time she served as the first woman moderator elected by the congregation. After receiving her call to ministry and graduating from Earlham School of Religion, Rev. Carole was ordained in Plymouth Church. Early in her ministry she was the first Director/House Manager of Cedars HOPE residence for homeless mentally ill women. She is the mother of four and grandmother of four.
EDUCATION & CHILD CARE
Kara Jaurigue is proud to have the title of Youth Director. She is a child of the church and Plymouth is her second home, and now her own children are growing up here! Kara loves and appreciates so much about this place! As an adult friend and mentor, Kara is thankful to be able to offer a safe-haven for the young people in our church family. In her free time, she loves to sing and spend time with family and friends.
Director of Music
Maestro Robert Nance is a multi-talented musician who maintains a lively schedule as conductor, keyboardist, teacher, composer, and arts advocate. A distinguished graduate of DePauw University School of Music (Indiana) and the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore), Nance has served as the the Director of Music at Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne since 1999. He is also the President and Founding Artistic Director of Heartland Sings, Inc., a company of professional vocal artists and ensembles founded in 1997.
He has received many honors and awards to his credit, including guest conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. His “Attitude Series” of keyboard recordings are favorites and his recording “The Spirit of Christmas” featuring Heartland Sings continues to receive rave reviews.
Maestro Nance has made Fort Wayne his home since December of 1989, where he has distinguished himself as a dedicated performer and teacher, as well as a capable community leader committed to the arts and the artists who make it possible. In honor of his commitment to the arts, in 2017 he was awarded “Artist of the Year” by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne. For more information, visit www.MaestroNance.com
Tina Puitz oversees all support staff and keeps the office running smoothly as its Office Manager. She is originally from Lafayette but moved to Fort Wayne when attending St. Francis College. She loves spending time with her three children, working in her flower gardens, reading books (especially murder mysteries), and spending time in nature. Tina’s background of an English/Art degree, office and volunteer management and organization skills are especially helpful in her position.
Building and Tech
John Hoelderle is the maintenance manager here at Plymouth Church. He is always up to something, being active around the building, but is always there when you need him.