Helping people know and follow Jesus.

Indy Metro Church is an urban church that is committed to loving Jesus, loving others, and serving the city of Indianapolis. Planted in the fall of 2006, Indy Metro spent the first 12 years of its life meeting in the Athenaeum Theater in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. In the fall of 2018, Indy Metro moved its gathering location to the eastside in order to further facilitate - both physically and symbolically - the vision for leading people to embrace holistic, lifestyle discipleship as this new facility is currently being utilized as a hub for missional activity in a diverse urban neighborhood.

Our Values.

The seven core values of Indy Metro connect together to reveal who we are as a church and what we’re striving to achieve in the name of Jesus. Click here to learn more.

We focus on Jesus.

We pursue justice as we serve the marginalized.

We cultivate life-transforming generosity.

We prioritize the next generation.

We mobilize people to take lasting hope to the city.

We provide a safe place for all people.

To know and follow Jesus.



Jared Huckstep


Jared has been with Indy Metro since 2009. Before coming on as a full-time staff member, he worked as a high school math teacher for 11 years. Jared and his wife Carissa, have two children, Maddie and Max, as well as a foster daughter. Among things that give him energy, he enjoys serving the Lord missionally in his everyday life by going to local game stores to play Magic the Gathering, taking his children to McDonald’s every Monday, and hanging out at the foster home all in the name of forming meaningful relationships for the sake of sharing his love of Jesus with others.


Aaron & Carrie Story

Pastor / MetroKids Coordinator

Aaron and Carrie have been a part of Indy Metro since its launch in 2006. Aaron serves as President and CEO of Elevate Indianapolis, an education mentoring non-profit serving IPS high school students and their families ( Aaron holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters Degree from Moody Seminary. Carrie holds a degree in early childhood development and currently serves as the MetroKids coordinator. Aaron and Carrie have four children of their own from ages 17-8, as well as being a licensed foster home. They reside in the Little Flower neighborhood in the near eastside.


Matt Kunkel


Matt has been a part of Indy Metro since August 2009 where he and his wife Emily met. He is the Program Director at Wheeler Mission where he works with men struggling with life’s issues. Matt firmly believes that Jesus’ church is the place where healing, wholeness and hope are found. He and his wife have two children Addison and Taylor. Matt loves running and lifting weights in order to be able to eat more!


Jacob & Emily Schlegel

Pastor / MetroKids Elementary Coordinator

Jake first began attending Indy Metro as an intern in the Spring of 2012 and is now on staff. Emily first began attending Indy Metro after graduating from Taylor University in the fall of 2014. Together, they host a Missional Community on the near East side of Indy where they call home. They share a mutual love for the eastside of Indianapolis where Emily teaches 1st grade at Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School. In their free time they enjoy eating at local pupuserias and playing with their gigantic but lovable German Shepherd, Clark.


Julie Welch

Executive Leadership

Julie has been with Indy Metro since she moved to Indianapolis in 2010. She holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Southern California. Julie enjoys reading, watching college football, identifying new and creative excuses to avoid the gym, and celebrating Jesus’ first miracle. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Ministry degree from Wesley Seminary.


Sarah & Bryan Daniel


Bryan and Sarah Daniel both started as interns at Indy Metro, and have attended eight and six years respectively. They were married in Oct. 2014. Bryan works full-time at a high school for adults on the North East side of Indianapolis. Sarah is the founder and CEO of Unconditional, a non-profit serving women working in the adult entertainment and sex industries. Bryan and Sarah both enjoy art, local food, and spending time with family. They both reside in the Little Flower neighborhood on the near Eastside of Indianapolis.


Tyler Cochrane


Tyler moved to Indianapolis from the Chicago suburbs in 2014. He joined the Indy Metro family one year later and quickly became involved in small groups, tear down team, and worship band. He joined the Ball 46201 ministry team during its first season, where he enjoys building relationships with the players and parents involved in the program. Tyler married his wife Stevi in the fall of 2017. In his free time, Tyler enjoys cooking with his wife, playing golf, and listening to new music.


Chelsea Hoyt


Chelsea Hoyt has been part of Indy Metro Church since 2010. She and her husband Chris enjoy homeschooling their children, Tucker and Nora. Before becoming a mom, Chelsea worked as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital, and now works as a Certified Whole 30 Coach. She enjoys cooking for friends and family, biking around the city (she and Chris share one car) and helping others learn the Word of God. Chelsea also helps lead worship about once a month, proving that absolutely anyone can sing in front of a crowd.