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Music Director: Janis Poynter

I am Janis Poynter.  I have been in the music ministry for over 40 years. For the last 6 ½ years, I was the Music Director at the First Christian Church in Bargersville where I directed the choir and played the piano. I also teach piano lessons to 15 students in my home. I am also currently the Accompanist at Franklin Community High School.

My past Music Ministries are: First Christian Church in Bargersville (Music Director & Pianist), New Beginnings Community Church in Waverly (Pianist), West Newton UMC (Music Director & Pianist), Christian Chapel Church (Pianist & Singer for Praise Band).

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. I attended Franklin College where I was the accompanist for all the choirs.


I am also a past member of Matinee Musicale of Franklin. I am a member of the “Gathering” from Franklin College. 

My favorite music is Southern Gospel. My favorite team is IU men’s basketball!


I have two daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Custodian: Clarence Long

Clarence has been a member of Smith Valley UMC since the late 70's and has been the custodian, taking very good care of the church, since 1994. In his free time, he is an avid golfer. Clarence and his wife, Mary, have 7 children altogether. Before working at the church, he taught for 35 years at IPS. Most of his time was spent teaching 7-8 grade, but before retiring, taught younger kids and truly enjoyed all ages. 

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