Our Pastoral Staff



Rev. Larry Kurtz, Lead Pastor

After serving 19 years at his previous appointment in Elkhart, Indiana where he led a four church merger and a new building relocation, Larry became the Lead Pastor at Avon UMC on July 1, 2012. Larry was born and raised in central Indiana and is a graduate of Madison Grant High School, Taylor University and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife, Connie, have three children; Jeff (Elkhart, IN) Jon, (Frederick, MD) and Cara (Greenfield, IN), two grandsons, Grayson and James, and two granddaughters, Evie and Bella. He has hosted a TV program entitled, Joyfully Proclaim, and his ministry has been featured in Good News Magazine. Larry and Connie consider it a joy and privilege to be on staff at the Avon Church and would like to warmly welcome you to join them to see, feel, and experience God’s love in action!
Home phone: 317-384-1216    Cell phone:  317-370-5016


Rob Probus, 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

Chandler Landis


Chandler Landis, Director of Youth Ministry

Chandler is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Youth Ministry. He grew up in Hartford City, Indiana, and he is the oldest of four siblings. Chandler has been involved in youth ministry programs and has also developed youth ministry programs in Marion, IN and Hartford City, IN. He had a great opportunity to be a local youth pastor in Marion while finishing up his senior year of college. He has many years of youth ministry experience, through being a youth volunteer leader, special guest speaker, and a youth pastor.


Cell Phone: 765-499-7121

Mike Johnson, Teaching Pastor

Pastor Mike’s greatest joy and blessing is seeing their reaction when someone grasps what the Word of God is saying. He has been experiencing that joy for over 30 years through teaching the Word of God from the pulpit and through Sunday School and Bible studies. During this time, Mike had the privilege of serving as pastor at Boxley UMC (northern Hamilton County) from 1988 – 1996 and followed that as a member of Wesley UMC where he led over a dozen different Disciple Bible studies, an adult Sunday School class and several VBS adult classes. Since coming to Avon with his wife, Carol, in 2009, Mike has continued teaching Sunday School, Bible studies and occasionally assisting with or leading worship. Mike and Carol celebrated 40 years of marriage in January 2014 and have a daughter, Jennifer, and a son, Mark. Jenny and her husband, Joe, have blessed them with four wonderful grandchildren – Caitlin, Jack, Meghan & Molly.

mcjohnson74@gmail.com Cell phone: 317-417-0416

Mark Boardman, Pastor at The Hearth

Pastor Mark leads weekly services at The Hearth at Prestwick in Avon – sponsored by the Avon United Methodist Church.

Since June of 2011, Mark has been the pastor at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Wilbur, IN (about 30 miles southeast of Avon).

Mark and wife, Patty (who is a Stephen Minister), began attending Avon UMC in 2006, not long after they were married and moved to town. Since then, they’ve been amazed at how God has led them down the path of faith. Patty has a son (and Mark a stepson), Eric.

mhboardman@gmail.com Cell phone: 765-491-4063