Madison VanVeelen

Associate Pastor of Care

317-726-5405 | MVanVeelen@SecondChurch.org

Madison was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 2014. She graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, after which time she served as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church. Upon completing the Lake Fellow program, Madison was called to serve as the Pastor of Clayton Presbyterian Church, a 50-member congregation in rural Hendricks County. In this setting, Madison enjoyed preaching every Sunday, providing care to members of all ages, and learning about the rhythms of life and faith in an agricultural community. During this time, Madison continued serving at Second as the Coordinator of Northside Mission Ministry.

After two years Madison felt called to return to Second in a full-time capacity. Madison’s role in the area of pastoral care evolved until the Spring of 2021 when she joyfully accepted the call to serve as Second’s Associate Pastor for Care.

Prior to seminary, Madison graduated from Florida State University with a dual degree in International Affairs and English Literature. She then served as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer for one year in Kerala, India, where she taught English in an elementary school setting and was immersed in the life of the Church of South India.

Madison is deeply grateful to serve in this vocation that, for her, is fundamentally about cultivating relationship with God and others with openness, joy, and curiosity. She has a deep belief in God’s presence with us at all times, and considers it grace from God that we are able to be the body of Christ for one another.

Madison is married to Eric, a kindergarten teacher at New Britton Elementary. Madison and Eric are grateful (and tired!) parents of three young children: Prose, Ellison, and Sage.