Leadership Transition

We are currently in a period of transition as we seek what's next for White River. As we’ve prayed and listened to God’s leading, we have been led to make some adjustments to our pastoral staff structure to better support White River’s multi-site design. Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with each of us and we believe this focused approach will help us connect lives to Jesus in a more personal way. As we enter this next chapter of our story, we want to keep you fully informed. This page is where you'll find the most updated information related to these changes.

Here's the latest from WRCC Point Elder, Brian Peters

frequently asked questions

What's changing? 

Rather than have a senior pastor at the highest level of the organizational structure who does most of the preaching, including via video to Hamilton North, and oversees the entire staff, we are moving to a structure that has a full-time campus pastor at each of our three locations. These campus pastors will do the majority of the live preaching at their specific location and will be able to dedicate their time and energy to caring for those who attend that location. The campus pastors will work closely with a three-person executive team, some of whom will be part of the regular preaching rotation. 

updated organizational structure

What does this mean for White River? 

We'll have some movement of staff responsibilities, but ministries and operations will look like they have. Connecting every life to Jesus remains the primary focus of White River Christian Church.

What's next? 

The elders and executive team are working together to fill the Hamilton North Campus Pastor role. The job has been posted and we are actively circulating this opening amongst our various networks and connections.

What does this mean for the Noblesville location? 

Lance Stockton is now serving as the Noblesville Campus Pastor. 

What does this mean for the Hamilton North location? 

Andrew Smiley will continue leading and caring for WRCC's Hamilton North family until a full-time Campus Pastor is hired for the Hamilton North location. At some point in the future, the Hamilton North location will enjoy the benefits of live teaching each week. 

What does this mean for the Hispanic location? 

Miguel Lara will continue serving as the Hispanic Congregation Pastor.

How will the congregation be involved? 

The Hamilton North Campus Pastor search team includes a diverse group of members from the congregation.

I know someone who would be a great fit. How do I refer them? 

That’s great! They can check out all the info about the Hamilton North Campus Pastor position and apply by clicking here.

How long will this process take? 

While we don’t have an exact timeline for when the Hamilton North Campus Pastor position will be filled, we will update you on this page and elsewhere as the timeline becomes more clear.

How can I help?  

Please join us in praying during this time of transition. We are seeking God’s direction for what He has next for White River. Since some staff roles will be adjusted to keep things working well, there may be new opportunities for you to step in and help make this transition great! Email Fred Knoll for ways to join the mission.    

What does this mean for Student Ministry?  

Our middle and high schoolers are an incredible group of students, and we remain focused on connecting every life to Jesus – the young, the old and everyone in between! Lance will continue to support the student ministry, alongside our Associate Student Director Hannah Gute and a host of adult and student volunteers, until a Student Pastor is in place.

I've still got some questions.

This is where we’ll share information on the senior pastor transition and search process. Check back often for updates.  You can also email the Elders directly at