Board of Directors

Our governing board oversees the management of church affairs including the discernment, development and implementation of our vision, oversight of business matters, governance of church policies, and approval of annual leadership. The Board consists of 12 elected individuals serving on two empowered teams:

  • Vision Team – responsible for discerning God’s vision for the church and developing and implementing plans to achieve that vision
  • Resource Team – responsible for overseeing the financial, property, personnel, and other business matters of the church

Janet Sims

Board Chair

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Janet, husband Jim and sons Jake (22) and Matt (21) have been members of Middletown for more than 15 years. Janet has served Middletown in a variety of ways, most recently leading the Advance Commitment Team of the Embrace Louisville Campaign. She has also served as Chair of the Personnel Ministry team, a member of the Youth Ministry Renovation Team, as a youth leader and children’s Sunday School teacher. Janet has more than 20 years experience in HR in the healthcare, manufacturing and restaurant industries and is currently the principal at Strategic HR Consulting.

Chuck Shultz

Vice Chair

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Chuck and his wife Louanne, have attended Middletown for several years as they transitioned to Louisville from Canada to be nearer family (grandchildren). They are regulars in the Around the Table small group. Chuck has had a long career as a senior executive in the energy industry and has served on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Iris Jasmin

Elder Representative

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Iris joined the Middletown Christian family several years ago. She is a member of the Challenger small group that meets on Sunday mornings. She is an Underwriter for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has one daughter, Kellen Jay.

Ed Ackerman

Finance Team Leader

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Ed, wife Marsha, and son Matt have been members of Middletown since 1985. He has been a member of the Budget and Finance Team since its inception. He is also a member of the Legacy Endowment Team and serves as a financial counter. He retired from Eastern High School in 2000 with 27 years of service in the Jefferson County Public Schools.

Michael Rodman

At Large

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Michael began attending Middletown in 1998 shortly after moving to Louisville with his wife Kelli, who has been a lifelong member here. Michael has served as a member of the Personnel Committee for the past few years and is a member of the Reckless Christians small group. He has two children, Hallie (16) and Jackson (13). Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation and works in state government as the Executive Director

Jane Howard


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Jane and her husband Doug have been members of Middletown for 5 years. They attend the Christians Gone Wild small group and participate on the Property Team. Between them, Jane and Doug have 3 grown children and one mischievous little dog. Jane is a business analyst working with PharMerica, Inc.

Richard Ivey

At Large

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Richard and his family have been members of Middletown for 12 years. He most recently served as co-leader of the Embrace Louisville Capital Campaign. Prior leadership roles include a previous term on the Board, Personnel Team, and Small Groups Team. Richard and his wife Cheryl attend the Cross Talk and Wine & Wisdom small groups, and remain active in family service opportunities like the Lynch Mission Trip. Richard and Cheryl have 4 children: Tori (29), Ben (27), Carlyn (23) and Katherine (15). Richard has a deep background in Operations and Human Resources after working at YUM! Brands for 24 years, and now serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at ResCare.

Jason Bowman

At Large

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Jason and his family have been attending Middletown for several years and have been lucky to be active in both Children and Youth Ministries. Jason and his wife Jessica are members of the Families in Faith small group and have two children, Nicholas and Lorelai. Jason is a partner with the law firm of Pregliasco, Straw-Boone, Doheny, Banks & Bowman, PLLC and serves as an elected City Council member for the city of Douglass Hills.

Andrea Clifford

At Large

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Andrea has been a member of Middletown for ten years. She and her husband, Mark, are active in the Feeding Our Faith small group. They have two sons, Joshua (22) and Duncan (16), that have been active in the Middletown youth ministry. Andrea served on the Embrace Campaign committee in 2015.

Doug Curnutte

Trustee Representative

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Doug, his wife Karen, and their three daughters, Mary (22), Anna (20) and Grace (16) have been members of Middletown for the past 11 years. Doug currently serves on the Serve Team and was previously a member and leader of the Finance Team. The Curnutte family is especially passionate about the Middletown’s mission trips to Lynch, Auxier, Costa Rica & Honduras. Doug is a CPA and a Senior Vice President with Kindred Healthcare.

Charles Keckler

Personnel Representative

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Charles and his family have been members of Middletown for the past ten years. He previously served on the Personnel Team and as Vice Chair of the Board. Charles and his wife, Amy, have a son, Noah (14) and a daughter, Natalie (12). Charles is an attorney with Baptist Healthcare System, Inc.

Phil Steenbergen

At Large

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Phil is an 12-year member of Middletown and previously served as Vice Chair of the Board. Phil is an Elder and has been an active member of the Finance Team. Phil and his wife, Nancy, an Assistant Teacher at MCP&K, are members of the New Covenant Sunday morning group, as well as the Ichthus small group. Phil recently retired from Fifth Third. Phil and Nancy have two daughters, both members of Middletown, and five grandchildren.

Circle of Elders

Our Elders provide spiritual oversight to the congregation through prayer, outreach, modeling, and teaching. They covenant together annually to equip and encourage church members to grow toward the Marks of a Disciple, exhibiting spiritual leadership in the following ways:

  • Growing in discipleship
  • Spiritually leading the church in its mission
  • Caring for the congregation
  • Supporting and encouraging ministry staff and one another

Elders provide spiritual support to the staff and congregation, serve at the Lord’s Table, and call all new Elders. Elders serve one year as apprentice elders in a mentoring relationship prior to being presented to the Elders, Board and congregation for ordination.