Pastors & Staff

Jim Clayton

Founding and Lead Pastor

Jim is a born-and-bred Hoosier with a heart for the people of Central Indiana. He grew up in Evansville and then lived in Indy for five years before moving to the Chicago area. It was during that time in Indy that Jim came to understand what it means to follow Christ, and he put his faith in Christ and started following Him. A few years later, he sensed a call to ministry, so he attended Moody Bible Institute, graduating in December, 2007 with a Master of Divinity degree. He also holds an MBA from Indiana University. Jim and his wife Jodi moved to Franklin in June, 2008 (the day before the big flood). His passion is to help people in the Franklin area connect with the God who loves them and help them move forward on their spiritual journey one step at a time. He has a down-to-earth teaching style with an emphasis on practical application to daily life. Before starting Journey, Jim served in several ministry positions with two different churches over a period of fifteen years.

In his spare time Jim enjoys hanging out with his wife Jodi and their girls, Julia and Jaycee, getting to know people around Franklin, working out, reading, bike riding, playing racquetball, scuba diving and working around the house.

Denise Totten

Connections and Spiritual Formation Director

Denise grew up on an 80-acre horse farm in Southern Indiana and her southern roots shine through in her love of persimmon pudding, green beans, and of course Indiana sweet corn! Denise has been married to her husband Danny since 1994. They have two adult sons: Kendall who is married to Savannah and Jackson who is a college student at IUPUI. Denise and Danny enjoy boating on Lamb Lake where they currently reside in Trafalgar, Indiana with their two Great Dane dogs Chara and Gigi.

Denise came to be a Christ follower as a young adult and has been in ministry for the last 20 years. Some of the roles Denise has enjoyed in ministry have been with middle school students, leading women’s retreats, organizing serving opportunities for inter-generational growth, building strong community relationships outside of the church, building volunteer teams, spiritual direction, teaching, and listening well. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and can talk to just about anyone!

Holly Phoenix 

JourneyKidz Director

Holly joined the team in June, 2019. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in secondary education, and was the Children’s Director at another area church for over four years. She has several other years of related experience in children’s ministry as well. Holly has a passion for working with children, younger and older, and she loves working and interacting with people.

Holly lives in New Whiteland with her husband, Adam, and three children: Ava (fourteen), Aidan (three) and Abby (one). She enjoys reading, music, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

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