Pastoral Staff

Rev. Edwin Brinklow - Transitional Pastor

Edwin Brinklow has been the Transitional (Interim) Pastor at Indianola since November 1, 2018. He came to Indianola from the First Presbyterian Church of Buchanan, MI.

Edwin is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He received his B.S. from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, majoring in Law Enforcement Administration and History. At Western, Edwin was a member of the Marching Band, the Marching Leathernecks, playing the tuba.

Rev. Dr. Susan Warrener Smith, Ph.D. - Associate Pastor Emerita

Susan Warrener Smith was Associate Pastor at Indianola from 1996 until 2009. She was named Associate Pastor Emerita in 2011.

She received her B.A. from Boston University where she majored in History of Art, and she received her M.A. in the same subject from the University of Michigan. She then received her Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University where she concentrated in medieval theology and monastic spirituality. Prior to coming to Indianola, Rev. Smith served as Director of Christian Education and then as Temporary Supply for Congregational Nurture at First Presbyterian and Trinity Church in South Orange, NJ. She also served as Temporary Supply for Congregational Nurture, Director of the Kilburn Resource Center, and Christian Education consultant in the Presbytery of Newark. In addition, she taught religion as Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Seton Hall University. Rev. Smith has published numerous articles in the Cistercian Studies Quarterly and has presented at the International Medieval Studies Congress. In the Presbytery of Scioto Valley she has served on the Division of Care of Churches and served as modersator of the Worship Committee. She is currently serving on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and manages the labyrinth owned by the presbytery and synod. She served for many years as a board member of the Interfaith Center for Peace and at present is a member of the University Interfaith Association at OSU. She is a member of the Columbus chapter of the Torch Club and recently delivered a paper there entitled "Bernard of Clairvaux and Twelve-Step Spirituality."