Beloved Community Co-op

Meet the Seiple Family

The Seiple Family

Greetings, Beloved Community!!  We are the Seiple Family:  Mom (Robin), Dad (Tom), Kat (19), Tobin (14), and Oliver (8).  We love the Lord and His people and long to serve them well! 

As for us old folks, Tom grew up in Pennsylvania and Robin in Idaho.  We met in the Navy and were stationed in Norfolk for much of our enlistment; we each served just short of a full decade.  We traded the beach in Virginia for the cornfields of Indiana just 6 years ago and have homeschooled for 11 years.  Tom works in the medical field from home while Robin is the primary teacher in their homeschool.  We make dating each other regularly and connecting nightly a high priority (though there have been seasons where this is less possible!).

Kat just graduated from high school.  (Side note to younger parents:  You can do this!!  No, they will not be forever ruined by repeating a year of math or taking some time to step away from academics when needed – God will fill in the gaps!!).  She is a vivacious, fun, and thoughtful young adult with a zest for life.  In the fall, she will be attending IUPUI in the honors program working toward a Bachelors of Social Work degree.  She is currently working part time at the library in Fishers (perfect for her because she is a voracious reader) and is looking forward to joining both Christian and Social Justice clubs at IUPUI once they reopen.  For fun, she enjoys running, hiking, drawing, and writing poetry. 

Tobin (Tom + Robin) is entering his freshman year of high school. He is a funny, charming, and bold young man.  He enjoys public speaking, debating (*sigh*), singing, and acting and has played several characters in the IRT’s A Christmas Carol as well as roles in Agape’s Newsies and The Sound of Music.  He loves being out in nature and  regularly attends a local wilderness school with his brother to learn survival skills such as fire and shelter building and foraging. He takes after his dad as a wonderful cook, and cooking Italian cuisine is his specialty.

Oliver is moving up to 3rd grade this year. He is a bundle of affectionate and nurturing sweetness.  As the baby of the family, he still crawls into mom and dad’s bed for morning cuddles and has to blow kisses before bed each night.  Reading, math, and science are among his favorite subjects, and he claims he will one day be “a mathematician, an engineer, and a scientist.” He loves helping dad tinker with his car and working on projects around the house. He enjoys playing board games, especially when he wins, and he asks to play Minecraft and Prodigy incessantly.

As a family, we cherish connection around our dinner table every evening and traveling near and far whenever the Lord permits! We are honored and humbled God called us to be a part of the Beloved Community Co-op, and we are excited for all He has in store for us!

Meet Carolyn Lorenzoni

The Lorenzoni Family

Greetings! My name is Carolyn Lorenzoni and joining the Beloved Community Co-op is the realization of a long-held educational and spiritual dream.  I am a 1995 honors graduate of Butler University with a double major. Following my undergraduate studies, I pursued specific training to work with the elderly in long-term care and hospice, enjoying roles in hands-on healthcare and social work. At the same time, I pursued my interests in music, accepting an opportunity to train as a music therapist.  I have been a student of the musical arts for over 40 years performing with voice and on piano, harpsichord, and organ throughout the Indianapolis community (Clowes Hall, Scottish Rite Cathedral, American Guild of Organists, Palladium and more) as well as organizing and conducting large choral festivals and productions in the city. 

For over 30 years, I have been called to numerous church ministry positions starting at age 16.  Seven years ago, God changed my course and I founded the Indiana Fine Arts Academy and the Nora Community Children’s Choir, serving currently as Executive Director and faculty member.  Both groups are dedicated to providing financially accessible, high-quality arts experiences and instruction to the community.  I am currently the President of the Indianapolis Piano Teacher’s Association, Chairperson of the Indy North NFMC festival competition, a Cadette Girl Scout Leader, wife to Juan, homeschool mom to Carolanne and lover of those whom God has called to our family. In pursuit of the calls to action God has placed in my life, I am humbled by the receipt of earthly rewards including the key to the city of Indianapolis and the Sagamore of the Wabash (for which my mother still insists I mention as she is going strong at 76!).

I love spending my leisure time with friends and family, often cooking, entertaining, taking walks, canoeing, reading…always having an adventure in some way while being eternally grateful for the precious miracle of life and following, hopefully, in the footsteps of God. I treasure this upcoming season of walking together.

Meet April Barnes

The Barnes Family

Hello everyone! I am April Barnes, and I am truly excited to be a part of the Beloved Community Co-op.  I believe that God has wonderful plans for us all along this journey! 

I am a lover of music and arts.  I have been teaching private lessons in piano, voice and basic guitar throughout central Indiana for the past twenty-five years. I have been blessed to teach many children in homeschool co-ops for the past twelve years. I have conducted musical training and choral workshops throughout Indiana as well as California, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and most recently, Tennessee.  I have taught choirs at North Central and Manual High Schools, and I am the former music director for the Indiana Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  

I am presently the Minister of Music and Director of Music and Arts Program for New Zion Community Church and the musical director for Agape Performing Arts Theatrical Program.  

Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my husband, Floyd, and our three sons, Eric, Joshua and Jonas and also serving and hanging out with my sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.