Staff & Leadership

Vicar & Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne

Gray (whose last name is pronounced LE-sayne) is the founding pastor and Vicar (meaning pastor appointed by the Bishop) of Good Samaritan. He’s an energetic Episcopal priest with more than 19 years of experience in growing communities of faith and helping followers of Christ connect with God and each other. A South Carolina native, you can occasionally hear the “twang” in Gray’s accent, though he has now fully acclimated to the Hoosier dialect and culture, having lived here since 2008. Gray served from 2008-2015 as a Canon and Senior Associate at  Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, the mother church of the Diocese. A believer in the ministry of all Christians, Gray never refers to himself as “the minister,” because he believes that all of us are ministers. His role as a priest is to empower us all for ministry. 

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Gray holds Master in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from  Virginia Theological Seminary, and completed his undergraduate work at  Presbyterian College. He previously served as Rector of  All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Glen Rock, New Jersey from 2003-2008 and as Assistant Rector of  St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in North Augusta, South Carolina from 2001-2003. He is married to Ethan, and they live in Indianapolis.

Director of Children’s & Family Ministries

Barbie Russell

Barbie lives in Avon with her husband, Bryon and their two kids, Anna and Joshua. She also has two adult children, Tyler and Zach, who live in Houston and Chicago. Barbie and Bryon coach their children’s sports teams and volunteer at their children’s elementary school, but her true passion is ministering children in the open and affirming atmosphere of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. 

“Kids are full of passion, energy, and creativity, and they’re also incredibly funny,” she says. “There is never a time in their lives where they are the most themselves as when they are children. I love watching them grow and learn.”

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Barbie started with Good Samaritan in 2015. Working closely with Gray and lay ministry leaders, Good Sam’s Kids launched regular meetings in 2016, and has grown to include:

-Good Sam’s Littles, the nursery and PreK/Kdg. group

-Good Sam’s Kids, the 1st  through 4th grade group

-Good Sam’s Explorers, the 5th  and 6th grade group

Both of Barbie’s children take part as a Good Sam Explorer and a Good Sam Kid.

“It’s incredibly important to me that my kids grow in a community amongst diversity and acceptance, where they know they are loved by God for who they are, and they in turn love others for who they are,” says Barbie. “And just as important, I want to be a part of an open-minded community of parents like me, who want for their families what Jesus wants from all of us: Love God and love one another.”

Barbie is dedicated to families at Good Samaritan. She is happy to meet with families to talk about their unique spiritual journeys at their convenience.

Musical Artist-in-Residence & Director of Music

Kendall Ludwig

Kendall is lead vocalist, songwriter, and manager of   The Yellow Kites, an Indianapolis-based band described as “Americana meets well-traveled folk music with closely melded harmonies.” In addition to his band music, Kendall has served as a choir member and instrumentalist at St. Michael’s Church in London, and as a worship leader at Trinity Church in Indianapolis. He blends old-favorite church hymns, Gospel spirituals, and classics in his classical guitar style and with the beautiful lap dulcimer. His style is contemplative, beautiful, and rich with sound.

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Kendall has been playing original music for the last 14 years. Whether with band mates in college, a lap dulcimer duo called Stories of Clockwork, rootsy folk with his wife in Europe or in an Americana band right here in Indianapolis, penning songs and capturing new sounds and expressions has been his heart’s aim. It’s his simple and focused determination that has allowed him to tour across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South Korea, sharing his music and love of guitar, lap dulcimer, and Asian lutes. In 2011, he and his wife, Erina Ludwig, made their first two-month North American tour with their band, The Yellow Kites. When they toured their sophomore album, ‘Alchemy’, in 2013, it was Kendall’s idea to do it in a 1980 Mercedes-Benz which ran on used vegetable oil in order to be kinder to the environment.

To Kendall, music is not only an expression, but also an extension of all creation. To play music, is to be part of something bigger. This is the earnestness that can be heard in his songs and performances, and it’s this that will continue to peel back more of his talents: “Everything that’s good comes from God, and if you take part in music, you’re taking part in God.” He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Erina, their daughters Juniper Rose and Elowen, and their boxador dog, Lucy.

Director of Good Sam’s Pathfinders

Nan Miller

Nan lives in Fishers with her husband, Justin and their 2 children, Shen and Akio. Originally natives of northern Indiana, she and her husband lived in Arizona for a time but have called central Indiana their home for the past 13 years. Nan is a registered nurse but currently uses her talents working with children at St Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis, IN. She also has a passion for serving others. Nan volunteers her skills as a nurse for camp ministries, conferences, social justice, and work with the homeless. She began her work in churches as a child and has taken on many roles from turning pages for her mom who played piano, child care, choir director, singing in a praise team, youth group, service projects, and many more. Nan’s love for God and passion to share her faith started as a child and has continued to grow. Outside work you will find her making all sorts of crafts, hiking and camping, traveling to visit friends and family, and enjoying all things Disney. Nan is excited to be the Director of Good Sam’s Pathfinders Youth ministry!

Director of Good Sam’s Sojourners

Rowan Squire-Willey

Rowan Squire-Willey, daughter of Sandra Squire and Sean Willey, was born in Seattle, Washington. She is a musician, teacher, and self-described “community cultivator.” Her interest in community cultivation – especially that of a sacred nature – began in 2017, when she began attending Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. Then, in 2019, she became a part of the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text community, which utilizes ancient sacred reading practices to analyze a secular text so that we may better live in and for the world. She now co-leads the Indianapolis HPST local group. She is also a Master of Divinity student at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. As a Butler University alumnus and CTS student, Rowan hopes to continue fostering her love for both music and service to her community. She also hopes to inspire others to share her passion for music and community cultivation as a path to inner-peace. Rowan is so excited to be the new Director of Good Sam’s Sojourners Youth ministry, and cannot wait for the year ahead!

Parish Administrator

Astrid Caruso-Lynch

Astrid works from home on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Astrid comes to us with a variety of ministry experiences, including prior service as Administrator at St. Luke’s~San Lucas Episcopal Church in Vancouver, Washington. She and her husband Chris relocated to Indianapolis in the summer of 2019 after an overseas jaunt in Christchurch, New Zealand. Astrid is also a church musician, and has many gifts for ministry, including organization, energy, and a desire to be a part of a church that focuses on loving and serving. While we don’t see her most Sundays since her job is working with our priest and ministry leaders, she is always glad to see you in the office or answer your calls!

Nursery Director

Rachel Lawson

Rachel has been the Good Samaritan’s Nursery Director since 2016 and watches over and teaches the youngest members of our church, from newborns to Kindergarteners. She is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with a degree in general studies. In her spare time, you will often find Rachel babysitting and dog sitting for friends and members of the congregation. Rachel enjoys helping out around the church, whether it’s painting backdrops for the Christmas pageant or helping with the fall festival. She enjoys being able to be with kids of such a young age because she believes so much can be taught early in life such as kindness and acceptance towards others. She plans lessons and crafts for the Littles and encourages them to use their imaginations and creativity. On the few Sundays that Rachel isn’t in the nursery, she is attending service with her fellow Good Samaritans. Rachel lives in Avon with her mom, Karen, and poodle, Charlotte.

Good Samaritan’s Governing Body

Bishop’s Committee

The Bishop’s Committee is Good Samaritan’s governing body of lay people and our priest. Members of the Committee are elected by the congregation at our Annual Meeting. We normally meet on the third Sunday of each month after worship. Meetings are open to members of the congregation and all are welcome to attend. You can send feedback or concerns to all of the Bishop’s Committee members anytime by email. 

Our current members (and their term expirations) are:

The Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne

Jason Addis (2021)

Kevin Samples (Senior Warden; 2021)

Ellen Burton (2022)

Erin Tanner (Junior Warden; 2022)

Melinda Sowers (Treasurer; 2023)

David Huang (2023)

Denise Young (Clerk; 2020)

All Sunday worship services will be held ONLINE until further notice due to COVID-19. Please check out our calendar to find all of our online and in-person gatherings. Calendar
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