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.
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.
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.
Maressa is responsible for the front office and making members and guests at Plymouth feel welcome, as well as administrative duties like preparing the weekly worship bulletin. Maressa is a graduate of New Haven High School and received her Associate's degree in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University. She also has over five years of clerical experience, which she puts to good use here. Maressa lives in Fort Wayne with her two-year-old daughter, MaKenzie.
Mackenzie Giganti, a new addition to the Fort Wayne area, graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Illinois Springfield and completed an internship as the Events Manager for the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance. As Communications Specialist for Plymouth, Mackenzie oversees the church's social media, publishes the Bell newsletter, updates the church website, and performs other related duties.