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Matthew Barnes


Public Servants Prayer

In 2004, Matthew Barnes founded Public Servants' Prayer, a ministry designed to provide prayer and pastoral care for those in civil government. Matthew also serves as the very first chaplain in the Indiana Statehouse.

From leading weekly Bible studies and chapel services in the Indiana Statehouse, to establishing personal relationships with leaders, God continues to open doors of unique ministry to elected officials.

In September of 2012, Public Servants' Prayer launched a national website with a prayer calendar that contains biographical information for all 7550 state legislators and 535 members of Congress nationwide. (

Matthew also travels to churches around the state, the nation, and the world, reminding Christians of their responsibility to pray for their government officials.  

Matthew, his wife Miriam, and their three children, Sarah, Micah, and Emma, reside in Indianapolis, IN.


Stephanie Kurrus 

LCSW, Therapist

JRNY Counseling

Stephanie has been working in the behavioral health field since completing her undergraduate degree in 2010 and in a counseling position since completing her Masters in Social Work in 2014.  Since the start of her career, she has served in various positions helping individuals who have struggled and are currently facing issues with substance use disorders, mental health issues, and traumatic incidents.  She currently works at JRNY Counseling as a therapist and uses her experience in mental health and addictions to serve individuals of all ages.  She is passionate in sharing the love of Christ with her clients and families, and as her pastor shares each week, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  Romans 10:17.  She has been married to her husband, John, for almost 8 years, and they have 2 amazing boys and are active members at their local church.

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Josh Heaston

Director of Christian Mission
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Joshua has been with the YMCA since 2001 and currently serves as the Director of Christian Mission for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. His main responsibility is to help the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis be more intentional with its Christian mission and set up mechanisms within the YMCA culture to spiritually impact the 250,000 people who come through their doors annually.  This creative approach to ministry is accomplished by placing multiple volunteer Chaplains in each YMCA across central Indiana, creating YMCA Christian Mission Committees to help with outreach and partnering with local Churches to plant churches inside every YMCA building.

Joshua also gives leadership to a grass-roots network of Christian leaders in YMCAs across the United States who want to be more intentional with the YMCA Christian mission. 

He is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute and ordained through the Vineyard Church.  He has been married to his beautiful wife Jessica for 18 years, they have five amazing children and currently reside in McCordsville, Indiana.


Ed Ingle 

Heritage Christian/CCA

Ed, and his wife Ashley (of 17 years) and their two children; Jacob (17) and Abby (14) are all fully invested in Christian education. The Ingles attend Northview Church. The Ingles believe that “Education pointing towards the Creator and not the creation is a significant part of providing hope to generations of students and families. Chaplain work in schools is a significant need. Educators everywhere not only face their own challenges but often become the go to person for students in their classrooms."

Prior to taking on the position of CEO/Head of School at Central Christian Academy, Ed served as a full-time director and school leader at Heritage Christian for 12 years. He has served as a small group leader for middle school students, a one-on-one mentor to over 25 high school students, a boys varsity assistant and head JV basketball coach, and the head softball coach. In addition, he has served as the Charter President for American Heritage Girls and Trail Life programs.

C.J. Neal 

CRU/Student Venture

C.J. Neal is on staff with Cru. He and his wife Anika serve as the Team Leaders for the high school and middle school ministries of Cru in the greater Indianapolis area. The Neal's have been married for 20 years and have 5 children. 

A native of Indianapolis, C.J. has a passion for all, but especially youth and teenagers. Above all else, he wants people to "know the One true God, and Jesus Christ whom he sent"(John 17:3). 

Over the last 25 years, C.J. has volunteered at many schools and organizations in the Indianapolis area. He truly believes that nothing of value gets accomplished without partnership, so that is the way he leads. 



Meet our new Advisory Council. The Council provides wisdom, advice, and prayer for the Workforce Chaplains board and staff. 

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