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College Park

Residency Program

Indianapolis, Indiana

Why Residency?

At College Park Church, we want to ignite a passion to follow Jesus in the lives of others. We believe the gospel travels faster and farther when local churches are led by godly, gospel-centered, theologically sound, competent servant-leaders. The College Park Church Residency program equips, trains, and launches faithful men & women into strategic gospel ministry in our city and across the world. Learn more about College Park.

Core Values

Substantial Ministry Experience


Transformational Leadership Development







From the residency troops on the ground at College Park the word is: this is what they wanted and needed. I thank God for College Park’s remarkable commitment to younger pastors-in-the-making.

Dr. John Piper

Founder and Teacher,

I have confidence in a pastoral residency program where there is a simultaneous emphasis on biblical fidelity, expository preaching, and edifying relationships amongst the people of God. To train a pastor, it is extraordinarily helpful to see and experience a healthy local church.

Dr. Don Carson

Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

College Park is a welcoming church with excellent pastoral leadership deeply grounded in theology and relevant teaching.

Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church

What a blessing to be growing in the same direction with College Park Church. Godly pastors, believing people, living church. Beautiful.

Dr. Jim Hamilton

Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Previous Residents

Jeff Ballard (2011-2013)

Pastor of Soul Care, College Park Church

Cameron Bass (2019-2020)

Minister of Worship, First Baptist Church Richmond, Indiana

Chris Beals (2013-2015)

Lead Pastor, Pennington Park Church

Jeff Brown (2018-2020)

Assistant Pastor of Local Outreach, College Park Church

Kasey Clark (2019-Present)

Discipleship Pastor, Parkside Bible Church

Evan Collister (2018-2019)

Assistant Pastor of Stewardship & Multiplication, College Park Church

Dustin Crowe (2011-2013)

Pastor of Discipleship, Pennington Park Church

Taylor Frank (2017-2018)

Lead Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel

Luke H. (2015-2017)

Pastor, Middle East

Luke Jones (2017)

Worship Arts Director, Castleton Community Church

Joel Israel (2017-2018)

Associate Pastor of Family Ministries, Pennington Park Church

Bob Martin (2011-2013)

Assistant Pastor of Small Groups & Membership, College Park Church

Mitchell McIntyre (2018-2019)

Worship Leader, Crosspointe Community Church

Brad Merchant (2017)

Pastor of Leadership Development, College Park Church

Matthew Mugumya (2019-2020)

Pastoral Resident of Student Ministries, Castleton Community Church

Kevin Myers (2019-2020)

Student Ministry Coordinator, College Park Church

Paul Nystedt (2018-2019)

Groups Pastor, Eagle Brook Church

Joseph Rhea (2013-2015)

Technical Writer, The E Group

Eric Swanson (2014-2016)

Pastor of Discipleship, Castleton Community Church

Dan Weller (2014-2016)

Lead Pastor, Chapelwood Baptist Church

Tim Whitney (2016-2017)

Location Pastor, First Baptist Norfolk

Current Residents

Zac Griffith (2021-Present)

Pastoral Resident, Leadership Development

Chris O'Mara (2021-Present)

Pastoral Resident, Leadership Development

Isa O'Mara (2021-Present)

Resident, Worship Arts

Mark Riner (2020-Present)

Pastoral Resident, Community

Marla Vroegop (2021-Present)

Resident, Soul Care

Resident Roundtable


Is the residency a paid position?

We believe that residents are best served when they can be immersed in the life of the church on a full-time basis. Therefore, residents are paid a full-time salary with benefits.

What are the work hours?

The residency is a full-time, 40-hour work week commitment.

What is the duration of a typical residency?

Residencies last 1-2 years depending on the needs of the ministry.

What are the educational requirements?

Past residents have applied before, during, and after their theological education, but all candidates are college graduates.

Is housing provided for residents?

Residents are expected to find their own housing. However, housing is provided under certain circumstances.


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