Our Minister and Staff
Ministry & Programs
Rev. Joel Miller, Interim Minister
Rev. Miller has been in ministry since 1991, when he graduated from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. His ministry includes opening and serving the Columbine UU church in the Denver area (Colorado) for 7 years, serving as senior minister in Buffalo, NY for 11 years, and serving as interim minister for 5 different UU congregations since 2011. Rev. Miller is an Accredited UUA Interim Minister (since 2016) and is also accredited as a Professional Transition Specialist by the Interim Ministry Network
He was raised a UU Humanist where he felt welcomed, his questioning felt welcomed, and he insists that it saved his life. He wants to offer that to others and helps his interim congregations to become even more effective at saving lives. He is primarily a Humanist, but has been surprised to find himself a theist because of his spiritual practices in recovery from alcohol addiction.Joel is divorced with two grown children (son Eric just completed a PhD in Neurobiology from US Davis and daughter Susan is a sexual health educator with the University of Rochester) and his aging mother lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he grew up. Joel has been in recovery for 29 years.
Of his transitional/interim work, he says “I help find new perspectives on a congregation’s history and future, transforming old obstacles into new strengths, and renewing its vision for its future. I’m here to help develop a deeper understanding of why and how it ministers to the larger community.”
Elizabeth Valencia, Intern Minister
Elizabeth Valencia is the Intern Minister at All Souls until June 2022. She is born to Mexican parents, and was raised in California. She is a Muslim who converted from Catholicism in 2001. She brings with her into this work a diverse spiritual history and deep passion for doing justice in the world.
Sarah Cannon, Director of Children’s and Community Programming
Sarah has twenty years of experience teaching children of all ages, both in and out of UU RE programs. She has been volunteering with Unitarian Universalist youth empowerment programs since 2013. Sarah is chaplain trained. She has spent the last three years serving as an adult advisor on the Heartland Area Youth Council and as a staff member at Youth Midwest Leadership School.
Sarah has lived in many different parts of the United States over her lifetime, and has been UU since her college years. She is passionately committed to youth empowerment and social justice, particularly issues of environmental justice and sustainability. She received her B.S. of Ed. From Ohio University. When she’s not working, she can be found gardening, knitting, and most of all reading.
Gregory Sanders, Director of Music
Greg Sanders has served as the Music Director at All Souls since the fall of 2011. Greg is an active choral musician in Indianapolis and across central Indiana. In addition to his work at All Souls, Greg is a choral director at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. He is the Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus. Additionally he serves as the Vocal Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for all Pops productions, including the annual Yuletide Celebration with Maestro Jack Everly.
Aside from his choral work, Greg is a vocal coach and chamber musician, performing extensively at the piano in recitals, festivals, conferences, and master classes in Indianapolis and regionally. Greg has performed in many parts of North America, including Chicago, Montreal and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., as well as in concerts in Europe, including tours in England, Scotland, Greece, and Italy.
Nasreen Khan, Communications and Programs Coordinator
Nasreen grew up overseas in Senegal and Indonesia and landed in Indianapolis by way of the New York City area, where she lived for seven years. She has a Masters in English, and has done a little of everything from teaching college English classes, to chopping vegetables in restaurant kitchens. After teaching college Writing for 6 years she transitioned into non-profit work. She is also the mother of a six year old imp. Nasreen is an active writer and poet in the Indianapolis arts scene, a passionate gardener, an off-key singer, a zany art teacher, and a hopeless housekeeper. In her downtime, she tries to hike as much as possible, read as much as possible, and cook, eat, laugh and love as much as possible.
Operations & Administration
Shelley Carver, Office Manager
Shelley comes to All Souls with 26 years of experience in church and non-profit administration. She began her career in 1994 in the local church setting in Randolph County, Indiana. She served as Administrative Assistant to District Superintendent Rev. David Maish in the former Muncie District United Methodist Church in 2000 and was one of the first “District Communicators” to the former North Indiana Conference under Bishop Woodie White. She helped launch the newly formed “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” marketing campaign locally in Randolph County. Upon her family’s move to Ohio in 2003, Shelley served as Director of Administration to Happy Corner Church of the Brethren for eleven years, helping to redefine what missional ministry looked like in a local community setting.
Shelley is so pleased to be on staff at All Souls, where the theological tenets of the Unitarian Universalist Church more closely align with her own, and allow her to express her own spirituality without constraint. She serves All Souls simultaneously with Covenant Community Church where she is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Wallace O. McLaughlin, M.Div., Ph.D. Shelley is married to Daniel Carver, a Cardiac Rhythm Management Specialist for Abbott Pharmaceutical. They have 3 adult children, and reside in Fishers, Indiana
Nancy Baney, Financial Administrator
Nancy is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Business Education. She has taught high school business classes, worked as a contract bookkeeper for several businesses including the former Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and was employed for 27 years by a local accounting firm. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking in the woods, bird watching, and sewing.