Shawn Coons is our Pastor. He is originally from Iowa, and went to college at the University of Iowa where he graduated with a B.S. in Leisure Studies (really).
He met his wife, Carrie, at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and received an MA in Christian Education and a Masters of Divinity in 2001. Shawn has served congregations in Virginia, Michigan, Texas, and Florida but is very happy to be back in the Midwest with snowy winters and pork tenderloin sandwiches.
Shawn is a self-identified geek who enjoys reading, video gaming, board gaming (Gen Con!), and golf. Shawn and Carrie have two children in middle school and a dog named Rosey who hogs his side of the bed.
John Schmid is our Director of Music for Traditional Worship. He holds a B.M. and M.M. in Voice Performance from Butler University, Jordan College of Music and has also studied at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with the renowned tenor, Jean Deis.
He has in his tenor/countertenor repertoire, some 15 opera roles and many choral works including Oberon-Midsummer Night’s Dream, Albert Herring and Noyes Fludde-Britten, Der Peruckenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos Handel-“Messiah", Bach-“Magnificat” and Orff-“Carmina Burana”. His musical theatre roles include Tenor “Liebeslieder Singer” in “A Little Night Music”, Ziegfeld Tenor-“Funny Girl” and Beadle Bamford “ Sweeny Todd.”
He has served as Chorus Master of Indianapolis Opera for 30 seasons and has prepared the choruses for 97 productions of 57 operas. Mr. Schmid has also conducted and directed “Die Fledermaus“ –Strauss ‘Gianni Schicchi-Puccini-“A Hand of Bridge”-Barber and Opera Scenes for the Butler University Lyric Theatre.
He has conducted many choral works: Handel “Messiah”, Vivaldi-“Gloria”, Finzi” Magnificat,” “Laud to the Nativity”-Respighi,The Holy City-A. R. Gaul, Amahl and the Night Visitors”-Menotti and musicals including “Showboat”, “Kismet” and “Robert and Elizabeth”
John holds memberships in The American Choral Director’s Association, Presbyterian Association of Musician’s, Music Teachers National Association, and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is listed in the 2007 edition of “Who’s Who in America” and has served on the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Board.
Tracy Cooper is the Director at the Fairview Early Childhood Program. She holds her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and has over 25 years experience teaching, working and administrating in the early childhood field. She began her career at Broad Ripple Kindergarten and Preschool in 1990 and over the years has worked with all ages from infants through school-agers.
She became the director of the Early Childhood Program at Fairview in 2013. Tracy is married and has two children. When she is not at school she loves to cook, visiting the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, watching her son play lacrosse and spending time with cherished friends and family.