The staff at Central Presbyterian are here to serve and answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us whenever the need arises.

Lucia Oerter
Pastor/Head of Staff


Lucia was born and raised in Indianapolis and received her undergraduate degree from Indiana/Purdue University and her Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis. She is married to John (also a pastor) and together they have a blended family of six grown children and eight grandchildren. John and Lucia spend most of their vacation time fly-fishing for trout in beautiful rivers and streams. It’s not only a time for pursuing a passion but they find it to also be a time for discernment and spiritual renewal.

Prior to accepting the call to become Pastor/ Head of Staff at Central, Lucia had served churches in 8 states as a trained Transitional Pastor. She very much enjoyed being able to assist churches during their time of transition and saw each placement as an opportunity to envision what God is up to and to lean into God’s guidance for the future.  

Now as an installed minister Lucia continues  to use the experience, talents and faith that made  her an effective interim to seek insight, consider perspectives and pursue opportunities that will help Central navigate the path that God is asking to be followed.

Read Lucia’s Daily Devotional Blog:  E-votionally Speaking

Rachel McLoughlin                                                            

Director of Children & Youth                                                   

Rachel was born and raised in Indianapolis and is now a 3rd year student there at Christian Theological Seminary. She is married to Matt, is an accomplished photographer and loves to travel. Jumping right in to her duties, Rachel is bringing her talents and enthusiasm to share not just with the children and youth of Central but to everyone young at heart.



Jeffry Stearns
Organist & Director of Adult Music


Jeffry came to Central 1986 and has stayed ever since.  As Director of Adult Music and Organist Jeff provides musical leadership for the Traditional worship services and for Central Church Choir.  He has played numerous organ recitals for organ dedications and other occasions.  Jeff has also been the organist for Purdue commencements since 1998.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphases in Keyboard and Voice from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters in Educational Administration and Curriculum from Purdue University.

Jeff was a member of the music faculty of West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School from 1984 to 2013 and retired from that position.  During that time he served as Music department leader and K-12 Music Communicator.  Jeff developed and taught courses in Electronic Music and Music Appreciation.  He also taught Music Theory and worked with junior and senior high choristers and junior high orchestra students.  Jeff was a mentor for first year music teachers and was chair of the West Lafayette High School Curriculum Committee.

In addition to his musical work at Central Presbyterian, Jeff now teaches privately and is a Visiting Lecturer in Music at Purdue.



Janice Spitalniak
Director of Adult Handbells


Janice has served as Central Presbyterian’s Adult Bell Choir Director since  1992.   Janice is a retired elementary music teacher from the Lafayette School Corporation who obtained her B.S. and M.S. in Music Education from Indiana State University. Janice greatly enjoys traveling.



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Celebration Music Director


Paul is an avid musician who leads our Celebration service music programs. Along with wife, Patti, Paul is the father of four, Peggy, Tad, Quinn and Ben. Paul noted that, “Exodus 33 has always fascinated me. Moses, already radiant from his time spent in close proximity to God, is still not satisfied and asks God to reveal even more of Himself. This story reminds me to cultivate an ever increasing hunger for more of God.”



Laurie Kuhn
Operations Manager


Laurie has served our congregation since 2006 as our Office/Operations Manager where she wears many hats!

Laurie and husband, Mike, have two grown children, Tammy & Justin, and a granddaughter, Alexia.

Laurie grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa. In Laurie’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, motorcycling, drag racing with Mike and cheering on the Hawkeyes!



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