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Why We Give

Why We Give

 Giving generously is a matter of identity, gratitude, and impact.

  • First, giving is a matter of our identity. We are created in the image of God who is exceedingly good and generous. As we give generously, we fulfill a deep truth of our identity and purpose as children of God. Because giving is what we were created to do, being a generous giver is the way to live a full and meaningful life.
  • Second, it is a matter of gratitude. Giving generously is a way to thank God for all the blessings we have received: our individual lives; the loved ones around us; our time, talent, and treasure; the forgiveness of our sins; and the promise of resurrection to eternal life. We express our gratitude by loving God and neighbor, following Christ’s teachings, and generously sharing from what God has given us.
  • Third, it is a matter of impact. Jesus told us to make disciples, feed the hungry, clothe the naked…to transform both people and the world. Our generous giving through Second Presbyterian Church makes a difference in the world.

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    Rev. Dr. John Koppitch
    Director of Stewardship and Endowment
    (317) 253-6461

    Director of Stewardship and Endowment

    (317) 253-6461  | jkoppitch@secondchurch.org

    To the position of Director of Stewardship and Endowment, John brings 40+ years of experience as an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has served in a variety of church settings: inner city (as Solo Pastor/Community Organizer); university community (Head of Staff); and Second Presbyterian Church (since 2011).  He has served in elected and appointed positions at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

    John grew up in Ohio and is a graduate of Macalester College (B.A. in Religion and Classical Languages), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Christian Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

    Since moving to Indianapolis in 1982, John has served as a Trustee/Board Member of Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Westside Community Development Corporation, Christamore House, Hawthorne Community Center, Martin Luther King Community Center, and Westminster Neighborhood Services.

    John is married to Judy Woods (an attorney and ordained elder who also has served all levels of the denomination). Together, they have two children and four grandchildren.

    John enjoys time with his family, traveling, leading tour groups, and watching the Colts and Pacers. He is an avid racquetball player and only recently retired from participating in Highland Games competitions (Scottish Heavy Olympics).

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    Martha Nommay, CPA
    Director of Finance and Operations
    (317) 253-6461

    Director of Finance and Operations

    (317) 253-6461 | MNommay@SecondChurch.org

    Martha Nommay, CPA, oversees all of the church’s financial operations, including the general fund, designated funds and the endowment fund. She also oversees the Operations Team, consisting of Information Technology, Building and Grounds, Food Services and Communications.

    Prior to joining the church staff in July 2006, Martha owned four businesses over 20 years and served as payroll manager at Vanguard Services, Inc. She holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Butler University and has received many accolades, including the 2007 CPA Advocacy Award from the Indiana CPA Society and the 1999 National Woman of Achievement Award and 2001 Indiana Chapter Member of the Year Award from the American Society of Women Accountants. She was appointed as a member of the Indiana State Board of Accountancy by Governor O’Bannon and served six years, two as chairperson.

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    Gail Barber
    Ministry Assistant for Stewardship
    (317) 253-6461

    Ministry Assistant for Stewardship

    (317) 253-6461 | GBarber@SecondChurch.org

    Since 2004, Gail has tracked and organized stewardship campaigns and endowment activities at Second. She works closely with Rev. Dr. John Koppitch, Director of Stewardship and Endowment.

     

    Gail also works with the Nominating Committee each year and assists with organizing meetings and material for the New Officer Training. She also organizes the Annual Congregational Meeting and Lunch, and has helped with the organization of capital campaigns, such as Lighting the Way to the Future and the 175th Capital Campaign.

     

    Prior to joining the staff at Second, Gail worked at Merrill Lynch for more than two decades. At the Investment firm, she served at Head of Funds and Securities in Dayton, Ohio and Executive Assistant to the Administration Manager and Operations Manager at the Las Vegas, Nevada office.

     

    She and husband Ed moved to Indiana to be closer to their three children, Faith in Dayton OH, Scott in Saint Charles IL, and Chris in Lebanon IN. They have seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

     

    Gail is originally from Maine and as a young adult, lived in Asmara Ethiopia for several years.