Pastor Dewey and wife Shannon Miller

Dewey Miller – Pastor
Rev. Dewey Miller has deep Hoosier roots, acquiring his education at Ball State University, Taylor University, and Anderson School of Theology. He received his Master of Divinity Degree in 1991 and was ordained an Elder in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1993.

During Pastor Dewey’s extensive career, he has ministered to seniors, led children and youth ministries, and built a ministry for those in poverty and need.  Pastor Dewey’s community outreach efforts have included development of neighborhood Bible clubs, Board Chair at the Shed Youth Center in LaGrange, and President, Howe Community Association.  He has worked extensively with mission programs for youth and young adults, leading teams around the world and is Executive Director of Kuandaa International, a mission agency focused on training pastors and church leaders around the world, as well as planting new churches.

Shannon Miller – Director of Children’s Ministries
Shannon has a lifetime of experience in Children’s Ministry. She has served several churches in children’s ministry staff and volunteer positions. In that role she especially enjoys developing relationships with children. She also has extensive experience in child care settings, including as Founder and Director of the YMCA Day Care Center in one community. Shannon is committed to reaching children for Jesus and using whatever means necessary to do that. She oversees the Sunday morning children’s programs, including the nursery and Sunday school. In addition, she plans and operates the annual Vacation Bible School and other children’s ministry programs and events.

Vickie Pokorney – Church Office Administrator
Vickie joined the Central United Methodist Church staff in August of 2019. She is married to James Pokorney. Vickie is a mom and grandmother. She was born and raised in Evansville, and for a few years lived in the New England area. Vickie enjoys working with Central members and staff. When not working, she likes to visit her grandchildren.

Mandy Peters portrait

Mandy Peters – Child Care Director
Mandy has been employed with Central Child Care since 2001. After many years of teaching, she had the wonderful opportunity to become the Director of the Child Care. Mandy loves working with the children and their families. Mandy has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and will acquire her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2021.Click here to visit the Central Child Care website!

Central Childcare Finance Director Katie

Katie Provines – Central United Methodist Church Business Administrator; Central Child Care Financial Director
Katie grew up in Evansville and graduated from North High School. She then attended Oakland City University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Katie has worked for Central Child Care since 2014 but has recently moved into her new position with the church and Child Care in 2018. She has been married for 10 years to Justin, and they have two beautiful children Jensen and Kinsley. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling to new places with her family.

Jessica Kluesner – Director of Youth Ministries
Jessica has strong ties to Central UMC as a 3rd generation member who has been involved in various ministries in the church throughout her life. She has a Master’s degree in Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Social Media, both from the University of Southern Indiana. When she accepted the Director of Youth Ministries role, Jessica was excited to bring back a program for the youth of Central UMC and give them the experiences she had in youth group during her time in our program. Jessica has been in this role since the fall of 2019, and in that time has revamped our youth programs as well as given the youth opportunities to attend mission trips, retreats, and to do service projects for our church. Jessica is looking forward to seeing the program grow even more and guiding the youth of Central UMC in their walk with God. 

Rose Hartig – Organist
A graduate of the University of Evansville with a BS in Music Management, Rose was a Piano major with an Organ minor. She has been playing for Church Services since she was in Grade School, including being the Organist at St. Wendel Catholic Church for over 30 years and being the Pianist in a Praise Team at Olivet Presbyterian Church for almost 5 years. She has been the Organist/Pianist/Accompanist at Central since November of 2016. Rose believes Music Ministry to be a calling, and considers Music to be an integral part of our Worship Services.

Rose resides in Newburgh with her husband Bryan and daughter Laura. An older daughter, Anna, is in the Navy and is currently stationed in Hawaii.

Ross Music Director

Ross Hanson – Music Director
Ross has been our music director at Central United Methodist Church since March of 2020. A lifelong educator, Ross received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Indiana State University and teaches music at Petersburg Elementary School in Pike County, Indiana. Ross directs the choir and the bell choir at Central. His favorite Bible verse is Zephaniah 3:17 “the Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight with you in His love. He will no longer rebuke you, but He will rejoice over you with singing.” Ross