Mission & Core Values
Our Mission: We exist to love God and love others. We are a Christ-centered community living our mission through vibrant worship, in-depth instruction, strong fellowship, and sacrificial service to one another.
Glory to Our God:
Living by faith . . . entrusting our talents, finances, and plans to God’s control (Colossians 1:27).
Passionate for His Word:
Deepening our study of the Scriptures as we seek to grow in our knowledge of the Lord (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Centrality of the Gospel:
Pursuing a life that is missions minded as we exalt our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are looking to be a Gospel-centered body of believers.—both in message and in action (1 Corinthians 9:23).
Grace in Our Relationships:
Practicing thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity, courtesy, freedom, forgiveness, encouragement, and appreciation of others’ differences as we inspire greatness in those around us (Philippians 2:1-5).
Accountability to One Another:
Living a life that is characterized by vulnerability, teachability, honesty, and availability (Colossians 3:12-13).
Excellence in Our Pursuits:
Reflecting the infinite excellence of the God we serve . . . producing the highest quality ministry programs, materials, and services possible (Colossians 3:17).
We uphold seven core beliefs as essential to Christianity. These beliefs relate to God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, humanity, salvation, and the end of time.
. . . that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and without mistakes as originally written. It is the complete revelation of His will for salvation and the only unfailing rule of faith and practice for the Christian life.
. . . in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these three are co-eternal and of equal dignity and power.
. . . in the deity of Jesus Christ; His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit; His virgin birth; His sinless life; His substitutionary death on a cross; His bodily resurrection; His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and His personal, imminent return.
. . . that man was created by and for God; that by man’s disobeying God, every person incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God, and physical death as a consequence; and that all people are sinners by nature and practice.
. . . the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that all who believe in Him are declared righteous because of His sacrificial death and are, therefore, in the right relationship with God.
. . . in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit indwelling all believers and thus enabling and empowering the life and ministry of the believer.
. . . in the bodily resurrection of everyone who has lived, the everlasting blessedness of those in right relationship with God, and the everlasting punishment of those who have rejected God’s forgiveness in His Son.
Our Pastor: Dr. David Hoffeditz
David is the founding pastor of Community Bible Fellowship. His desire is to establish a church with a solid biblical foundation based on the faithful exposition of the Word of God. His vision includes the importance of a Christ-centered community who loves God and loves one another.
David also serves as a Bible teacher for Iron-2-Iron Ministries and has published several books. He has a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and earned doctorate in New Testament studies from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He has also studied at the University of Tübingen in Germany, and the Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem.
David is married to Dr. Lori Hoffeditz, a licensed mental health counselor at Counseling Center at the Crossing. Together, they have two children, Jenna and Josiah.
Our Associate Pastor: Maicol Venter
Maicol was born in Brazil and as a teenager, he developed a love for basketball. When an American missionary began an evangelistic outreach for basketball players in his hometown, Maicol devoted all his time to training with “Coach” so he might have a chance at professional ball. After three years of hearing the gospel preached on the court and through practice, Maicol accepted Jesus as his Savior. Shortly thereafter, he received an invitation to study at Cedarville University with a basketball scholarship.
After completing his undergrad in Pre-Seminary at Cedarville (2007), Maicol also earned his Masters of Divinity at Baptist Bible Seminary (2012) where he met his wife, Mandy.
Maicol and Mandy moved back to Brazil as missionaries his last year of seminary (2011) to complete the required internship. They have served as church planters since seminary and have just transitioned from the mission field in Southern Brazil after ten years of service.
They have two daughters, Stella and Cami, and as a family they enjoy playing games, all sports, and most importantly, the privilege of ministering the gospel truth that Jesus saves.
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Brad earned both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in the Bible in the mid-1980’s.
He then felt God leading him into a secular profession. After earning a Computer Science degree from the University of South Carolina in 1990, he worked 4 years for the Department of Defense Naval Air Warfare Center in Indianapolis followed by 8 years as a contractor for Dow AgroSciences. In 2003 Brad joined Wolters Kluwer Health as a software engineer and currently is its Senior Manager, Editorial Platform.
In 1991, Brad started attending a local church where he eventually met his wife, Karrie. They have been married since 1996 and have two children, Isaac and Audrey. Church activities have filled their lives including 15 years leading the communion team; Faithful Men for over 17 years; and as a deacon.
At age 10 Brad was drawn to Christ through John 3:16; a verse he memorized at Bible Club being enticed with the reward of a Hershey’s bar!
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Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Purdue University in 1998. He has spent over 20 years in the corporate world, including the last 10 years as a entrepreneur here in Indianapolis.
God’s Word became alive to Ryan during college, and he accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior at Purdue. As he continues to seek the Lord’s direction in all aspects of his life, his constant aim is to serve and honor the Lord.
He has been an active member in a few local churches and has helped lead several small groups over the years. In addition, he has served the Indianapolis community through local board leadership, including serving on the board of LifeCenters for 10 years.
Ryan’s desire is to see our church be a wellspring of truth and love to the saints and a beacon of light to the world where we model the grace of Christ, proclaim the truth of the Gospel, and love people.
Ryan and his wife Heather have three children, Avery, Ella and Elijah. They have been married for over 21 years.
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Jeff attended the Ohio State University in the mid 1970’s where he studied business. He spent 30 years in the corporate insurance world where he held positions in management, sales, and consulting.
He prayed for God to use him in a different way – one that would allow him to take his business experience and combine it with full time ministry. Since 2013 he has worked with International Christian Ministries where he raises funds for Kingdom work.
While reading a book by Billy Graham in the privacy of his own living room, Jeff accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of 26. Since then, he has endeavored to serve Him.
Jeff has served in previous churches as a small group leader, men’s Bible Study leader, greeter, Deacon, and Elder. He has served on the board of a Christian ministry and attends Iron 2 Iron Bible Study. In his spare time, he enjoys his family, studying history, and keeping up on the current events of the day.
Jeff has been married to his wife Vicki for over 45 years and they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren.
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Tom earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1983. He spent 26 years as owner and CEO of Midwest Insulation. In 2008 he felt God calling him to cease working traditionally and go into ministry full-time.
Tom currently is Founder/Board Member of IMPACT 27:17 Ministry where he disciples young men, Board Vice President of Iron 2 Iron Ministry, and coaches high school lacrosse. Over the years, he has served as Board member of Heritage Christian School, National Leadership Board for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Board and President of specialty Construction Association Chapter, Founder/Director/Coach of Heritage Christian Lacrosse, and served in multiple capacities in previous churches.
After accepting Jesus Christ as Savior over 30 years ago, Tom has sought to serve Him. He has been blessed to be alongside many godly men while involved in ministries such as Walk Thru the Bible, Promise Keepers, Raising a Modern Day Knight, and Halftime.
Tom and his wife, Amy, have been married since 1983 and have two children. Megan and Neil Giannini and their children, Gia and Beck; Justin and Maribeth Flynn, and their children, Maddox and Elle. All live in the Indianapolis area.
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Mike earned his Bachelor of Accounting from Indiana University in 1977 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law in 1982.
He worked in public accounting beginning with Ernst & Young in 1977 and moving to his own firm in 1984. He merged his firm with LM Henderson & Company in the fall of 2006 and retired in April of 2020.
Community involvement has always been important to Mike. He has served on the boards of Renovate Church (TX), Wheeler Mission Ministries, Indiana Historical Society Audit Committee, Lighthouse Ministries, and Southeast Multi-Service Center.
Mike has been married to his wife, Connie, for over 42 years. They have two married daughters and two grandchildren.
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Gale earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Butler University in 1967 in Marketing and Economics. He worked for Cummins Distribution System for 41 years, serving as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in Tampa, Atlanta, and Seattle.
He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior later in his life during a Walk to Emmaus while living in Tampa. He continues today focusing on growing in the likeness of Christ during his daily walk with the Lord.
Returning to Carmel after his retirement, Gale served as Executive Business Mentor for Butler University’s Real Business Experience program in 2105 and 2016. He has served with Midwest Food Bank and as a group leader with Bible Study Fellowship. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of Iron 2 Iron Ministry.
Gale and his wife, Lana, have been married since 1962 and have two sons, Tom and Gregg. They also have two daughters-in-law, Deborah and Aimee, along with six grandchildren.
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and asked Jesus to come into his heart and was saved at the age of 25.
Working as a banker, he lived in different cities across Southern India (Andhra Pradesh), In all of these locations, he was intentional in participating in a local church family. During the many years of his church ministry, he served a youth
leader, a Bible teacher, leader of local outreach ministry (street preaching), an Elder, a Lay Pastor etc. He also worked with a Christian student ministry in association with Union of Evangelical Students of India (UESI) and Evangelical Graduate Fellowship (EGF), led Bible study classes on college campuses, and taught and spoke at student conference and retreats.
Over the years, he also had the privilege of speaking and preaching at several churches in India.
He suffered setbacks in life, and the Lord, in his mercies and grace, restored and sustained him over the years. He currently works as an IT & Finance Transformation Consultant. In additional to academic and professional qualifications, he also holds a Bachelors in Christian Ministry. He has a daughter who lives in Florida with her husband and 2 children.
Amy serves CBF as Ministry Director. She is passionate about serving and connecting with others in rich relationships.
Raised in a Christian home and becoming a follower of Jesus Christ while young, prepared her well. She has served in many areas including Bible Studies, being president of the Children’s Museum Guild and of Heritage Christian School PTA, coaching High School Cheerleaders and coordinating Church Retreats and Urban Ministries.
Amy and Tom have been married since 1983. Their two married children and four grandchildren all live in the Indianapolis area.
Nate serves CBF as Technical/Production Director.
From an early age, watching his dad serve the Lord by using his technical skills, Nate learned his dad’s skills and to serve with passion in the use of technology. Throughout his adult years, Nate has volunteered his services in areas of IT, audio, lighting, live-streaming and video. His career includes IT Services, Engineering, CAD Design, and Technology Start-ups.
Nate and his precious wife, Tracie, have three sweet daughters.
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