Staff and Leadership

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Mark Skylling, Pastor


Mark grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a degree in Accountancy and Theology. Afterwards Mark moved to Chicago, where he worked in public accounting and then corporate finance. In 2013 he married Maria, whom he met in college. They have three children: Faith, Hannah, and Luke. In 2018, Mark received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He then served as a Pastor in Charlotte, NC before accepting the call to serve here at Hope in 2020. Mark has a passion for preaching God's Word, shepherding God's flock, and seeing God's glory spread across the nations as people's lives are transformed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also enjoys running, hiking, board games, sports, and good conversations over a cup of coffee or tea.


You can contact Mark at markskylling@hopebtown.org.

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Ashley De Witt, Administrative Assistant / Director of Children's Ministry


Ashley was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She attended a community college and received an Associate's degree in Business Management. Afterwards, she worked in Purchasing for an Engineering company for several years. Ashley moved to Bloomington in September of 2021 after marrying her husband Aaron, who was raised in Indiana and currently works in Bloomington. While in Pittsburgh, Ashley spent several years serving in youth ministry at her church, which became a big passion in her life. She is excited to now serve the children's ministries at Hope! 


You can contact Ashley at children@hopebtown.org.

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REBECCA CULLISON, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

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Michael Stettler, Intern



Michael was born in Chicago, and his family now lives in Carmel where they've been for the last 8 years. He came to Bloomington in 2018 to get a degree in international studies and graduated in December 2021. He now seres as Hope's Intern and intends to start seminary in the fall of 2022.

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ERIC WHITLEY, RUF CAMPUS MINISTER


Eric and and his wife, Stephanie, were both born and raised in Kentucky. They met in Lexington, KY after Eric graduated from Indiana University and Stephanie graduated both from Western Kentucky University (undergrad) and the University of Kentucky (grad school). In 2007, they got married, moved to Saint Louis, and started their lives together as Eric attended Covenant Seminary and Stephanie worked. In 2011, they were called to remain in Saint Louis where Eric started serving as an Assistant Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Right around that same time, their daughter Anna Katherine came along, then son Callan in 2012, son Lawson in 2014, and finally daughter Cora in 2017. Eric and Stephanie have long had a heart for young adults and college students and are so excited to be living here in Bloomington and ministering to students at IU.


They enjoy spending time with their 4 crazy kids, trying new foods and restaurants, playing golf, going on dates, eating sushi, and catching the latest show on Netflix.


Connect with Eric at eric.whitley@ruf.org  

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WILL NABHOLZ, RUF INTERN


Will grew up in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi with a degree in Biology Education. He was involved in the RUF ministry on campus, lending a hand in leading worship alongside his RUF intern. Will is looking forward to joining the active ministry on IU's campus, where he will be able to utilize what he has learned from his former interns and minister, learning all-the-while how to better rely on Christ during ministry. Will is a huge extrovert who loves doing absolutely anything if it involves genuine connection with people, whether it's watching movies, going rock-climbing, drinking coffee, or playing Super Smash Bros. He is also an avid believer that the Lord of the Rings films are the best movies to ever grace Hollywood.


You can contact Will at will.nabholz@ruf.org.

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SETH BAYSINGER, RULING ELDER


Seth is a native Hoosier, growing up west of Bloomington in Linton, IN. Even though Seth grew up in church and came from a family with a deep Christian faith, it wasn’t until he attended college in the fall of 2007 when he finally understood and trusted in the gospel. It was at IUPUI that Seth also met his wife, Kelie, in the fall of 2007. After college, Seth felt a strong call to ministry, and went on staff with Campus Outreach to help plant a new ministry on the campus of Ohio State University. After getting married in 2015 (it took a while to convince Kelie to date him), Seth and Kelie transitioned off of staff with Campus Outreach and began looking into seminary and pastoral ministry. That journey brought Seth and Kelie to Bloomington, where Seth now attends seminary, teaches middle school Social Studies at Tri North Middle School, and serves as a Ruling Elder at Hope. Seth and Kelie have 2 daughters: Eloise and Grace.


Seth enjoys going on family runs on the many trails in Bloomington, hiking, watching football, and eating McDonalds.


You can contact Seth at seth@hopebtown.org.