SPC Welcomes the Massey Family!

Introducing Glen Massey, Associate Pastor Candidate

Since last May, our Associate Pastor Search Committee has spent many hours together reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, praying fervently and ultimately discerning whom the Lord is calling to serve at Southport Presbyterian Church. On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Lord clearly spoke to all seven members of our team, and we now confidently and enthusiastically call Glen Massey as our next associate pastor.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, join us in worship to meet Glen and his wife, Shaele. Immediately after each service, we’ll have a brief rolling congregational meeting to vote upon Glen’s call. Until then, get to know Glen and his family in this video introduction.

Glen Massey: Bio

I grew up in South Carolina and became a follower of Jesus at a young age. As ajunior in high school, I sensed a strong call to vocational ministry. After graduating from Clemson University with an education degree, I spent three years with a campus ministry in Lexington, Ky. There I met my wife, Shaele. We got married in April 1996, and I immediately began seminary, earning a master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1999.

   My first ministry call out of seminary was as a bivocational associate pastor. We moved back to Lexington to help a former campus ministry colleague plant a church. My role was to help develop the internal structures to ensure people connected and grew as disciples of Jesus. I also taught Bible full time at a large Christian high school. In under four years, we went from no kids to three! The church plant was doing reasonably well but not well enough to support me as a full-time staff member.

   In January 2003, we moved to Boone, N.C., where I served as an associate pastor at a larger church for nearly 10 years. My primary roles were to lead the college ministry at Appalachian State University and develop the life group ministry for the whole congregation. We also started a young adult ministry, Stephen Ministry and premarital counseling ministry. While in Boone I completed a doctor of ministry degree in Christian spiritual formation from Gordon-Conwell.

   In 2012, our family moved to the Kansas City area, where I became lead pastor at a midsize EPC church. This has been a fruitful experience and I’ve grown in my pastoral identity, yet I’ve come to realize that I serve the church best in a second-chair leadership role. I thrive in creating effective systems, from helping people connect and grow as disciples of Jesus and in walking with people through whatever circumstances life throws their way.

   Shaele teaches fourth grade in public school; she has an elementary education degree from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Appalachian State. She enjoys anything artistic or that involves time with family. Anna Katherine, our daughter, is a high school junior; she played soccer for 10 years and runs on the cross-country team. Wilson and Benjamin, both eighth graders, enjoy almost every sport except baseball. I enjoy cycling, weight-lifting, reading, spending time with family and discovering hole-in-the-wall dive restaurants that others might be afraid to try.

   We are excited to move to Indianapolis and join the staff at Southport Presbyterian Church. We’re also eager to get involved in the central Indiana community.