Rev. Mona Dale, Minister of Word and Sacrament

Pastor Mona has served in ministry for over 30 years.  She was ordained in 1996 and has held a variety of church positions including Minister of Music, Minister of Worship and Education, Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on the west side of Indianapolis.  Shortly after moving to Muncie, she spent three years in social work for Delaware and Grant counties working with parents and families struggling with addiction.

She has a B.M. in Music Education from Butler University and an M.Div. from Christian Theological Seminary.  She completed coursework to become a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) and became the pastor of St. Andrew in 2018.  

Mona is married to Andrew Dale.  They share a blended family with seven grown children and two grandchildren.  Mona sings with the Masterworks Chorale and enjoys playing a variety of string instruments in addition to reading, knitting, and hiking.

Rachel Eldridge, Director of Music

Growing up in northern Ohio, Rachel attended Kent State University majoring in instrumental music with a minor in vocal music.  She taught flute privately for 27 years and played with many bands, orchestras and flute choirs, soloing with most.  

Rachel was the associate conductor of the Melbourne Community Orchestra and the Space Coast Flute Orchestra in East Central Florida.  She also served as the music director of Foscoe Christian Church in North Carolina for six years.  

After moving to New Castle, Indiana in 2008, Rachel founded the Henry County Community Band as well as the Central Indiana Flute Choir.  She joined America’s Hometown Band in 2010 where she plays flute and piccolo and serves as associate conductor and administrator.  She is also the conductor of the East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra and plays with the Muncie Civic Theater.  Rachel joined the staff at St. Andrew in October of 2017. 

Robert Willey, Accompanist

Robert Willey received his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego in computer music and theoretical studies.  He worked for a technology exchange program with Argentina followed by a checkered career teaching in Brazil, the State University of New York – Oneonta, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

He has been blessed with a position teaching songwriting and music business at Ball State University.  After receiving tenure, he has had time to pursue community music projects like leading a ukulele singalong group at the Maring-Hunt Library and orchestrating conversations at Vera Mae’s.  He has been the accompanist and technological consultant for St. Andrew since 2019.  

His priorities are health, his two children, making music, and developing relationships.

Mary Fitzwater, Administrative Assistant

Mary was born in Northeast Ohio and is one of eleven children. She began her twenty-seven-year career with United Airlines in Cleveland, Ohio and has resided in Tennessee, Illinois, and currently, in Indiana. While in Tennessee, she attended Middle Tennessee State University. Mary is the mother of three and grandmother of nine.

Other Staff:

  • Christi Clark