Our Pastoral Staff


Rev. Danny Walker, Lead Pastor

Danny graduated from Duke Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity and has been serving in the Indiana United Methodist conference since 2000. Before seminary, he spent two years working as a youth leader for Wesley-Rankin Community Center in a Latino community of Dallas, TX. The combination of serving the church, attending seminary, and working in Dallas has shaped Danny greatly, specifically in perceiving God’s kingdom come, God’s love for a people called church, and God’s love for the all the world. In 2004, Danny and Amber entered the blessing of marriage. They have two wonderful boys, Eli and Josh.
Cell phone:  765-894-0597


Rob Probus, Discipleship & New Connections Pastor

As the Avon UMC Connections Pastor, Rob focuses on connecting people to God, connecting Christians to one another through small groups, and connecting individual members of the body of Christ to those in our community and world who are disconnected from our Holy Creator. He is passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Before joining the AUMC staff in December of 2014, he and his wife, Erin, served as members of Mooresville First UMC for eleven years. Rob was licensed as a local pastor in July of 2014 by the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. While serving on staff as the Worship AV Director at First UMC in Mooresville, Rob owned and operated a small media ministry company. Erin and Rob met and began dating as juniors in high school, then attended and graduated from Ball State University together, and were married in the summer of 2002. Rob and Erin are blessed with two sons, Zane and Levi.


Cell Phone: 812-345-6972


Ed Melendez, Contemporary Worship and Music Pastor

An impassioned follower of Jesus Christ. Ed is originally from California by way of Montana. Ed uses his God-given gifts as a leader, musician, composer, and arranger to passionately seek God. Through God’s providence, Ed has found himself involved in several opportunities that would involve the ministry of music and worship.
Ed believes the central aim of worship is to glorify and lift up our Sovereign God with Scripturally-filled praise. He loves bringing excellence to everything God makes available to him. Ed believes in the power of prayer, worship, and in the beauty of bringing God’s people to the foot of the cross. Ed loves his ever-growing family and shares his life’s journey and ministry with his amazing, beautiful bride, Sharon.


Cell Phone: 719-243-6691


James Darby, Director of Youth Ministry

James comes from Jackson, MI and studied Pastoral Ministry at Bethel University in Mishawaka, IN completing his M.A. in Ministry there. While studying, James worked at a variety churches, ministering to folks of all ages. He was also part of a college leadership program, which allowed him to travel to different Christian summer camps and minister to students throughout the Midwest. Once he graduated from college, James worked as a personal banker for a few years before returning to vocational ministry. James enjoys telling and listening to stories and jokes, reading about important people and their lives, exercising, and cooking meals while creating his own recipe. He is also passionate about the Bible and desires to share this passion with anyone who cares to listen.


Cell Phone: 517-817-8311