MEET OUR PASTORS
David Markle, Senior Pastor
David Markle is an Anderson native who connected with the Church of God through experience as an Anderson University undergraduate student. He completed college with a degree in Mathematics and Religion.
His initial ministry assignments were in youth ministry in North Carolina and Indiana. Following graduation from seminary, David served with Church of God congregations in suburban Detroit and Indianapolis. Upon earning a doctor of ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, he taught in the Religion and Christian Ministries department at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.
He enjoys exploring new landscapes with his wife, Peggy; the ancient and vanishing practice of keeping a scorebook at baseball games; and reading an occasional biography. David and Peggy are the parents of Laura Markle (Keelan) Downton.
His passion in ministry is seeing others grow in keeping with their gifts and graces. David is in his 15th year of pastoral leadership at Park Place and serves as Dean of the Chapel at Anderson School of Theology.
Carma Wood Hammel, Associate Pastor of Worship and The Arts
Through a love for people and for the arts, Carma seeks to engage artists from a range of disciplines to convey the hope and love of God through worship. Carma describes her focus this way, "At Park Place we respond to God’s invitation to life in an eclectic variety of worship expressions. We share an intergenerational value and a story that embraces the ancient and future church. We major on the habit of gathering each week as an intentional reminder of the grand God-initiated Story to then be light and hope in the wider world community outside of the brick walls and slate floors of the building.”
Carma called Phoenix, Arizona home for 17 years, co-founding Mountain Park Community Church and serving the staff there as the Worship Pastor. Ordained in the Church of God she received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Anderson College in 1985 along with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working toward a Masters of Theological Studies at Anderson University’s School of Theology.
Carma and her husband Randy enjoy their five adult children including three fabulous “in-laws.” They also revel in indulging their five grandchildren as much as possible.
Nik Krieger, Associate Pastor of Youth
Nik Krieger grew up in North Royalton, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The oldest of six, he attended Lakeview Church of God during his teenage school years and Camp Marengo during the summers. While attending the University of Akron, he continued to serve at Lakeview as an assistant youth director and at Camp Marengo as a staff member. It was at Camp Marengo that he met his wife, Cailee Bryant, and discovered his call to seminary. In 2012, after graduating from Akron with a Bachelors in Statistics, he married Cailee and enrolled at the Anderson University School of Theology. He began attending Park Place Church of God in November, and soon began to serve as a volunteer mentor at Fusion Youth. In the fall of 2014, he served as an intern with Fusion Youth before becoming the Associate Pastor of Youth at Park Place on January 1, 2015. Nik is the father of Natalie Krieger, born in 2014. He enjoys watching and participating in sports and music. He continues to pursue a Master of Divinity at the SOT and is passionate for discipling Christians to demonstrate compassion, devotion, hospitality, urgency, peace, and unity.
Barbara Tuttle, Associate Pastor of Children and Their Families
Barbara Tuttle served as a teacher in the Children’s Center for 15 years prior to fruitful pastoral service at Mountain Park Community Church in Arizona. Dorothy Nicholson, Anita Womack, and Lynn Staley are among her mentors. She is Director of Park Place Children’s Center.
As Associate Pastor of Children and Their Families, Pastor Barbara will oversee all ministries related to children and will be responsible to see that these ministries are carried out and develop an intergenerational children’s ministry team.
Kristin Stayer, executive Director of Community Center
Kristin grew up in Meadville, PA and was exposed to the urban mission field during her middle school years. It was in the urban cities of the United States that she knew she wanted to pursue work with people who face oppressions and social injustices and to create opportunities for individual and community growth. After graduating in 2007 from Anderson University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work, Kristin worked as the Associate City Director for the Center for Student Missions, coordinating short-term urban mission trips. In 2008, she joined the staff at Park Place Church of God and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Community Center. Kristin has her Masters of Urban Studies in Community Development from Eastern University and is married to Eric Stayer.