John Freed

John Freed

Lead and Co-Found Pastor

John Freed is the co-founder and Lead Pastor at Waterline Church. John has a B.S. and M.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Christian Ministries and Leadership with a concentration in learning the art of communication with Generation Y. John is an energetic, engaging pastor who is excited about seeing lives changed as they are introduced to Jesus!

John is a Midwest boy. He has lived in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana. At the age of 15, while at a summer camp, John gave his life to Jesus. A year later, at that same summer camp, Jesus called John to give his life to serve Him as a pastor. John accepted, and God has been opening doors for John ever since. Today, John loves playing dodgeball, playing with his kids and taking Danielle to King Chef on 96th Street for romantic dates.

Danielle Freed

Danielle Freed

Pastor of Ministry Development and Co-Founding Pastor

Danielle Freed is the co-founder and Pastor of Ministry Development at Waterline Church. She met her husband John at Indiana Wesleyan University where they graduated in 2002 and 2003 . When Danielle is not providing direction and support at Waterline, she is chasing her kids Dean & Dayanna.

Danielle is an Indiana Hoosier. She grew up in the cornfields of central Indiana in a small town called Lapel. She loves people and parties! Danielle has the unique ability to make every event fun and full of laughs! She loves working with families, children and youth! At a very young age, Danielle gave her life to Jesus. In college Danielle realized God had been calling her to serve Him with her gifts, abilities, passions and dreams! Today, Danielle is an awesome mother to Dean & Dayanna and a key part of our Waterline leadership teams. She loves to find deals at garage sales, coffee dates with friends and spending quality time with her family.

Claire Ellis

Pastor of Family Ministry

Claire leads a large team that loves and supports all of our families at Waterline Church. She is responsible for making sure every leader feels empowered and that each child that enters our Family Ministry rooms feels loved. Claire graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Christian Education. She has a passion for families and helping them grow deeper in their relationship with Christ! No matter what your family dynamic is, we would love to alongside you and help you create a God-First life in every heart in your home.

Elizabeth Rhyno

Pastor of Worship Arts

Elizabeth Rhyno is a worshiper, singer/songwriter, leader, teacher and conference speaker.

Elizabeth serves as the Pastor of Relational Arts at Waterline Church. Elizabeth has a passion for training future leaders in all areas of platform worship ministry and oversees the creative expressions of worship at Waterline. Her heart is to help people develop an expressive relationship with the Lord.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Masters of Arts in Ministry. She is currently preparing to be ordained in the Wesleyan Church. She and her husband, Scott, often travel together leading worship and ministering to pastors. Together they have three teen children.

Joe Deckard

Campus Pastor

Joe is the Campus Pastor for the newest Waterline Church in beautiful Pendleton, Indiana. Before joining the Waterline Church team, Joe has served in ministry positions across Indiana. His nearly 12 years of ministry experience ranges from youth ministry, communication, worship and missions. In 2015, Joe received a B.S. from Indiana Wesleyan University in Biblical Studies. A passionate, driven idealist, Joe brings energy and excitement to reaching people that are far from God.

Joe and his wife, Dawn, have been married since 2003. Dawn also received a B.S. from Indiana Wesleyan University in Accounting. In their spare time, you can find them enjoying sports, music, movies, traveling, sharing their home with their chocolate lab, Dallas, and cat, Journey, and being a person taxi driver for their two teenagers, Patrick and Audrey.

Travis Croft

Resident Church Planter

My wife Melody and I have had the privilege of being a part Waterline since the launch in 2011 and we have a passion for reaching anyone who needs hope of a purpose filled future! I grew up in the Czech Republic, with my family who were missionaries, so I love being part of a community who’s focus is on those who are lost and in need of Jesus! Having the privilege of walking with others as they understand how to live following Christ is the best place to be! I have worked over 5 years in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as a Behavior Analyst for those struggling with the symptoms of Autism and other developmental disabilities. It is my passion to be there for anyone at any stage or development in life. Let me know if you would like to know what it means to follow Jesus. I am figuring it out each day and would love to guide you to a future with great purpose and influence!

Laura Walls

Assistant Pastor

Laura serves as Assistant Pastor at Waterline Church. Laura supports our staff and teams at Waterline by creating and leading our operating systems. She is passionate about making sure that every guest at Waterline feels welcomed and is able to get fully connected. Laura is a gifted communicator and loves helping people take their next steps in their spiritual journey. Laura graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Leadership and Christian Ministries. She is married to her husband Micah who teaches Elementary Music and Physical Education. They love spending time with friends, family and their Double Doodle, named Walter.