Our Team

Pastor Robert Abner

Robert has been the campus pastor at Grace Village since 2009. When he’s not at Grace Village, Robert spends time outdoors hunting, hiking, or riding his motorcycle. He also enjoys watching horror movies and expanding his record collection.

Mathias Miles, Peer Minister

Mathias is a Junior TCOM (Video Production) major and Political Science minor and this is his third year at Grace Village. Of the many denominations represented at Grace Village, Mathias identifies as Episcopalian. He is also an active supporter and member of the LGBTQ+ community. Besides being Peer Minister for his second year at Grace Village, he is also Co-President of The Political Media Club at Ball State, Associate Director of Cardinal Kitchen, and a brother in Lambda Chi Alpha. Outside of school, Mathias works for various political causes, such as voter registration, protests, and campaign volunteering. His hobbies include filmmaking, music analysis, writing, and video games.

Lucas Blackwood, Peer Minister

Lucas is a senior Religious Studies major and Vocal Performance minor, and this is his second year at Grace Village. Lucas spends his summers at camp Lutherwald, and enjoys reading, watching movies, playing video games, and spending time outdoors in his free time. Lucas is also discerning a call to ministry and is hoping to start seminary in the next few years.

Jenni Sanderfer, Seminary Intern

Jenni Sanderfer is a Luther Seminary Student in a Distributive Learning program. She working on an MA in Christian Ministry with a focus on pastoral care. She is working with Pastor Robert for her contextual learning, and is developing Grace Village’s A Quiet Space ministry, Thursday 4-7pm.

Amy O’Neal, Administrative Assistant

Amy joined the team last year, and  is also Pastor Robert’s admin assist at Lutheran Church of the Cross. Amy & husband Jerry  have two kids in college, so their empty nest is filled with a yellow lab, a blue-eyed black lab, a crabby cat, and an energetic foster cat.