Linda McCoy
Lead Pastor

lsmccoy@aol.com

Dr. McCoy began her professional career as a secondary school French teacher, and entered ministry as a second career. Her ministry actually began as a very active lay person, creating a new caring project for St. Luke’s UMC, and that volunteer activity led her to enter seminary and pursue ordination. Linda holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Indiana University, a Master of Divinity (Magna Cum Laude) from Christian Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She received the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism from the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, and was named the Distinguished Alumni of Christian Theological Seminary. In 2008, Linda was named one of the “Most Influential Women” in Indianapolis.

In 1982, Linda became part of the clergy team of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and continued in that role until 1994. She founded The Garden in September 1995. The Garden was a pioneer in multi-site ministry, and has proven to be meaningful for those who call The Garden their “spiritual home.”

Linda has authored three books: It’s News to Me; Messages of Hope for Those Who Haven’t Heard, Planting a Garden telling the story of starting a unique kind of ministry, and Abingdon’s Igniting Worship: Helping and Serving—a collection of ten services around the theme of helping to make the world a better place.

Linda is a part of group of pastors from across the country that meets together to encourage and support one another. The group has affectionately dubbed itself the “Mavericks,” because each one is doing unique work in his or her church. One of the Mavericks has referred to Linda as “holy irreverence,” or simply the rebel.

Linda and her husband, Mike, live in Carmel, Indiana and enjoy spending time with their daughter, Erin, son-in-law, Tim and granddaughter, Maddie. They also enjoy traveling both within the U.S. and abroad.

 

Judy Tolley
Administrative Team Leader

tolleyj@stlukesumc.com

In November of 1998, Judy rejoined Linda to make what they believe is “a pretty good team.” She worked for Linda for 10 ½ years when she was employed at St. Luke’s from 1983–1994, so they share a bit of history together.

Judy is a graduate of Butler University and has lived in Indianapolis all her life. She has a son, Scott, who is a drummer who plays locally with 3 different bands. In her spare time you might find her attending a movie, shopping, just watching a little TV or spending time with family and friends.

Beth Fried
Director of Communications and Worship

BethFried@aol.com

When Beth isn’t working AT The Garden she may be working IN the garden. Beth and her family enjoy working in their mini farm in Zionsville, including a vegetable garden, a small orchard and a coop full of chickens. She is currently enrolled in Purdue’s Master Gardener program.

Beth joined The Garden in The Good Earth Band back in 1998. She also served as the leader of the 10% Giving Program before joining The Garden staff in 2009. Beth did her undergraduate work at Butler University in Communications and has a MPA from IU SPEA in Nonprofit Management.

Troye Kinnett
Music Director for The Good Earth Band, The Garden at B&B

tkinnett@comcast.net

“Oh Troye, when you finish practicing Tchaikovsky for your Solo & Ensemble Contest, you need to take the tractor out to the back 40 and pick up rocks.” Troye Kinnett remembers his upbringing in rural Selma, Indiana as being a well-rounded one. He chose the music business over farming, and never looked back.

Troye worked for years as a composer and audio-post engineer for television and radio commercials. His compositions have been award-winning, including a TV score for a national campaign for The United Methodist Church. Today he is the keyboardist for John Mellencamp, who happens to be a champion of the family farmer.

Troye has performed on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Bob and Tom Show, the NCAA Final Four Concert, the NFL’s “Countdown to Kickoff” on NBC, a live video recording at Capitol Records EMI Studios, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and of course, Farm Aid. He has also appeared onstage with Stephen Stills, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Paul Schaffer, T Bone Burnett, Joan Jett, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Little Big Town, and Sandi Patty.

Keyboard Magazine appropriately identifies Troye as “a consummate professional.” He continues to practice his craft on Sunday mornings at The Garden, but you won’t hear Piano Concerto No.1 there, because The Garden rocks! And yes, the rocks are still out in the field… and he got a perfect score in the contest.