Our Leadership Team

We don't just work together, we do life together. 

And we have an intense passion for reaching our community for Christ. 

  • Mark Neal  - Lead Pastor    

    Mark is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. He pastored in Las Vegas for 13 years and has been in ministry for over 20. He is very involved and passionate about training church planters and seeing new churches get started. Mark and his wife Lori have three biological kids, Stephen 17, Jonathan 14, and Hailey 9. Also, as foster parents, they have foster kids in and out of their home. Mark is a dedicated Georgia Bulldog fan and loves to spend quality time with family. He also volunteers and coaches Varsity Basketball at Hamilton Southeastern High School and is very involved in the community. 

  • Matt Thistle - Student Pastor     

    Matt and his wife Denise moved to the Fishers community in 2015. The Thistles are loving their new life in Hamilton County! Matt and his family have served in ministry for over 8 years. Matt also grew up in Maine where his father was a pastor and their family planted a church in the late 80s. He and Denise love traveling, going to sporting events, and spending time with their daughter Jocelyn. 

  • Josh Icenogle - Pastoral Intern    

    Growing up as a Navy kid, Josh spent his early years in Cuba and Spain. His family later settled in sunny Florida where he spent a majority of his childhood and where he met his California girl, Staci. Josh, Staci and their two kids recently moved to Fishers from California to pursue an internship at Hamilton Hills. He is passionate about community, and that passion has only grown stronger while learning here at Hamilton Hills. Living in Indiana is the first time this surfer dude has not lived near the ocean.

  • Lori Neal - Children's Director  

    At 6 years old, Lori was invited to VBS by a neighbor, and through the experience her entire family was reached for Christ. Since then, she has been passionate about children's and women's ministries and has served alongside her husband in ministry for 20 years. She received a B.S. in elementary education and has worked with and taught children for 20 years in various roles. Her most important ministry and first priority is her family, and she says there is no greater joy than being a wife and mom. Originally from sunny California, she's passionate about the beach, sun and any outdoor activity. 


  • Sam Froese - Adult Ministries Pastor    

    Pastor Sam has been married to his wife Colleen for over 25 years and has four kids: Savannah, Alicia, Sam Ethan, and John. Sam graduated from the University of Kansas where he competed in cross-country and track and was a two-time NCAA championship finalist. He served as a decorated artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years. Sam worked in the US and internationally in the technology sector as a corporate executive for 18 years before becoming a pastor. Sam really enjoys being outdoors, fishing, running, and traveling internationally. 

  • Daniel Powell - Creative Arts Pastor    

    Daniel has been married for 9 years to his wife Sandy. They have two kids, Madison and Toby. Daniel has been involved in music his whole life and has even owned a recording studio for many years. One interesting thing about Daniel is he loves aviation. He is a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot and loves to fly any chance he gets. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He and his wife Sandy are both die-hard Florida Gator fans. Chomp! Chomp!

  • Stephen Neal - Director of Worship Culture

    Stephen grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He has a deep desire to lead people into the presence of God through music and other creative forms. He hopes to further his education in music and in biblical studies. His primary interests include wearing hats, drinking Dr. Pepper and eating wings everyday he can. 

  • Jackson Young - Creative Arts Intern

    Jackson has been living in Fishers, IN, and attending Hamilton Hills for 12 years. He is very passionate about creative things including graphic design, photography and videography. Jackson is not married but the future is bright! His future plans are to study Christian ministry in hopes of planting his own church some day.

  • Gary Powell - Care Pastor 

    Gary grew up in the Northeast where his parents pastored and planted churches.  He has a degree in Biblical theology from Anderson University and used to play guitar with Bill & Gloria Gaither.  After college, he spent 5 years serving with his brother at a church in Florida, where he met and later married his wife Beverly.  Together, they planted and lead a church for 28 years.  They have three sons and six grandchildren.  Gary commonly refers to himself as a "salvage man" who enjoys turning broken things into something beautiful, much like how the Father operates.

  • Melissa Sanders - Office Manager

    Melissa has been married to her husband Jamie for over 20 years and they have two daughters in high school.  She attended Youngstown State University (Go Penguins!) and has worked in ministry since 2002 at several churches and K-Love.  Her hobbies include reading, traveling, going to the movies and being with friends and family. Melissa's claim to fame is that she used to be able to throw a 70 mph pitch in softball.

  • Mary Griffey - Admin Assistant 

    Mary is from Indiana and has lived in Fishers for over 20 years. She has been a member of Hamilton Hills since 2008 and has served on the Hamilton Hills team for over 7 years. Mary is currently serving as an admin assistant and has also served in various ministries within the church including children's ministry, greeting ministry, and ladies' ministry. Mary is happily married to her husband, Dave, and between them they have six grown children and three grandchildren. They enjoy camping, kayaking, and hiking.