Cross and Flame


Pastor Amber Karkosky-Litten

Pastor Amber came to us  July 1st, 2016. She and her husband, Chad, have three wonderful children, Myranda, McKale and Maddy. Amber has a passion for Christ and brings joy and the love of God wherever she goes.

Secretary - Kendra Bradburn

Kendra is a former preschool mom and has come back to Coalbush to work in the office. You will be greeted by a friendly smile and her bubbly nature is contagious.

Treasurer - Roberta Ritschard

Roberta comes to us with a background in computer programming, education and a variety of other skills. She has been a member of Coalbush since 1974. Her husband Dave grew up at Coalbush. They have three married daughters.

Choir Director - Pat Gollatz

Pat has been a member since 2000 and comes to us with an extensive background in instrumental and vocal performance, education and currently gives private lessons. Pat and her husband, Chuck, are the parents of three married daughters and have five grandchildren.

Informal Worship Leader - Andy Bonneur

Andy has a passion for music and this is evident by the time he devotes to his craft. Building guitars as a hobby and encouraging the youth to play are just some of his free-time activities. Andy and his wife, Christine, have been members since 2009.

Organist - Linda Marker

Linda has grown up at Coalbush and brings us a rich heritage of family and proficiency in music. Linda and her husband Mark have two married children and six grandchildren.

Pianist - Sherry Klinedinst

Sherry is such a gifted artist. We are so blessed to have her share her musical talent with us.

Handbell Director - Bonnita Laub

Bonnita has an extensive background in music, likes to knit, cook, garden and has three grown  children. Two are pursuing careers in music.

Custodian - Gerry Howard

Gerry keeps us clean and organized! We are well taken care of!

Custodian - Pam Thomas

With a background in the Navy, Pam keeps things "ship shape".

Director of Children's Ministries - Derek P. Wells

Derek always loved working with children and knew from a young age that it would be his calling. He is a graduate from Manchester College in educational studies, and has subbed from kindergarten through high school in the Fort Wayne and Penn Harris Madison School systems. Derek spent the last 10 summers working at Camp Alexander Mack, a Christian summer camp, being around the kids at their happiest moments, along with their most serious worship moments each week. This is where he met Michelle Ritschard and decided to move to Mishawaka. they got married in June of 2016. He is very happy to be with us now and says "It feels like home." He is looking forward to see all of us putting on events for our children and the community as we work together to reach out and spread God’s word to create brand new disciples in His name.

Director of Youth Ministries - Chad Litten

Chad comes to us with a background in youth ministry and music. We anticipate him sharing his gifts with the youth of Coalbush.

Preschool Director - Lisa Cullinane

Lisa has a background in psychology and counseling and brings an energy to the preschool program. Her love for the children is reflected every day. Lisa has two teenage daughters that keep her busy. Lisa has been with us since 2008 and says she has "the dream job".

Preschool Assistant Teacher - Miss Gretel

Preschool Assistant Teacher - Miss Martha

Preschool Assistant Teacher - Miss Michelle

Preschool Music - Nina Zander

Nina comes to us with a background in elementary music education. She leads the preschoolers in singing and dance. "Mrs. Z" blesses us with music for the kids Christmas and Spring programs. It's always a treat to see what the children have learned. "Mr. Z" puts in a guest appearance at Christmas time.