Carrie Smith-Coons is one of our Co-Pastors. She and her husband Shawn began their ministry at Fairview in 2012. As a PK (Preacher’s Kid), she grew up in Indiana and Iowa, and is thrilled to be back in the Midwest after several years down south.
Carrie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1997, and a Master of Arts in Christian Education/Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2002. She enjoys ministry with all ages, especially the building of relationships and the discovery of each other’s gifts from God.
She believes the church should be a place to offer hope and healing, a place to learn and be challenged, a place where doubt is welcome as a part of faith – and especially a place where we are sent out to live our daily lives differently because of our faith.
In addition to doing all things church, Carrie enjoys family time, exploring Indy, being outdoors, reading, binge-watching Netflix, and attempting to knit.
Shawn Coons is one of our Co-Pastors. 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 - a 5th and 6th grader - and a dog named Rosey.
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.