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Michael Karunas

Senior Minister


Rev. Michael E. Karunas has been senior minister at Central Christian since March 2012. Prior to beginning his tenure here, he served First Christian Church, Baton Rouge, La. (2004-2012), and First Christian Church, Centralia, Ill. (1998-2004), both in the capacity of senior minister. Originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., Michael received his A.B. from Butler University (1991) and his Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago (1998). He has been an active participant in the wider church, having served as a Global Mission Intern with the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in East Germany (1991-1993) and on the Week of Compassion Advisory Committee of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (2006-2010).

Michael is an avid distance runner, having logged nearly 20,000 miles over a 15 year running career. He enjoys singing and playing the trumpet, reading (mostly non-fiction, with a preference for history, philosophy, and religion), and has memorized and performed the Gospel of Mark as a one-man show. He is married to Amy Ziettlow, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, writer and researcher. They have three children and enjoy spending time as a family, particularly spending summer vacations at the family cabin in Northern Michigan.

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Tina Miller


Tina Miller joined Central Christian Church as the Associate Minister of Christian Education and Family Life in August of 2015. Tina lives in Decatur with her husband, Dennis [and their two cats, Rose and Franklin]. In her spare time, Tina enjoys traveling to the Smokey Mountains with her family each year, watching her daughter perform, reading, studying, and coffee with friends.  

Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and a Master of Arts in Ministry/Leadership Studies from Lincoln Christian University, Seminary. After completing her studies, Tina served at Argenta Presbyterian Church as Director of Programs and Outreach. With considerable experience in women’s ministries and program design and development, she has assisted several churches and other ministries in growth and transformation, organizational change, and church relocation.

Tina endeavors to deliver hope through relationships by meeting and engaging others where they are, right here and now. Her primary ministry initiative at Central Christian Church is to nurture and assist people in their journey toward relationship with God and with one another.

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David Martin

Youth Director


David Martin has been the Youth Director at Central since 2016. He has been an active member of Central and its youth program since 1998. He has a Sports Management and Communication degree from Illinois College (2014). Along with his work at Central, David is a substitute teacher in the Decatur Public Schools and the varsity baseball coach for the Cerro Gordo Bement Broncos. During the summers, David is a counselor for the regional camp at Camp Walter Scott for the JYF, Chi Rho, and CYF camps. He also has spent time each of the last five summers as a coach with the Chicago Cubs Youth Camps.

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Ben Hawkinson


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Kathleen Dudley

Administrative Assistant

Office: 217-428-4336

Kathleen Dudley grew up in Decatur, IL, where she graduated Eisenhower High School and met her husband, Justin.  She then went on to study at and receive her Bachelor's degree from Hendrix College in Conway, AR, with a psychology major and religion minor.  Kathleen joined the Central Christian Church staff in April of 2019.  She is an active member of Heartland Community Church, which she joined in 2003.  She and her husband have two children, two cats, and two family entertainment businesses to run when they aren't working or parenting. Justin is a magician and a balloon twister, and Kathleen does glittery waterproof body art.  Kathleen is a proud alto alumna of Opus 24.  Kathleen also enjoys reading, cross-stitch, singing, and Netflix when she does get free time.

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Yvonne Boyd

Administrative Assistant


Yvonne Boyd, administrative assistant. Born and bred in the Decatur area. Comes to us with over 45 years of office experience.

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Hannah Brimner

Social Media Coordinator


Hannah Brimner started her new role as Social Media Coordinator in September of 2019. She began working at Central Christian in February of 2019 in the nursery. She has a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Lincoln Christian University and is working toward a M.A. in Ministry at the seminary at LCU. Along with her work at Central, Hannah works with a ministry called "Room for Doubt" that addresses doubts of the Christian faith. She is also a teaching assistant for "Introduction to Worldviews" at LCU.

And our other great staff!

  • Cordelia "Dee Dee" Gain, Organist
  • David Williams, Organist
  • Bri Lockwood, Nursery Attendant
  • Carlee Phillips, Nursery Attendant
  • Kattina Williams, Nursery Attendant
  • Paula Partain, Preschool Staff
  • Lora Wright, Lead Caretaker
  • Jim Denzer, Caretaker
  • Andrew Evans, Caretaker
  • Toby Jones, Caretaker