Meet Our Staff


Fr. Anthony Govind | Dcn James King | Debbie Schmitt | Theodora Houchins | Jack Tuinier | Joan Lange| Dean Gogel | Susan Blume



Fr. Anthony Govind



Born August 7, 1977. Ordained April 21, 2010. Associate pastor, Precious Blood, Jasper and St. Mary, Ireland, July 30, 2014; associate pastor, St. John the Baptist, Newburgh, September 3, 2014; associate pastor, St. Boniface, Evansville, June 29, 2016; parochial vicar, Christ the King Parish, Ferdinand, June 27, 2018; administrator, Christ the King Parish, Ferdinand, August 1, 2018.



Deacon James King



James was born in Frankfurt Germany on May 8th 1962. He and his family settled in Lakeland Florida where he began elementary school. This is where he lived until he graduated from Santa Fe Catholic High School in 1980.  In the year following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Chapel Activities Specialist. After his time in the Army, James attended St. Meinrad College, during this time he would meet his future wife Diane. After marrying, James and Diane would settle in Florida for approximately ten years prior to returning to Indiana with their children Megan and Ian. He has been a member of St. Ferdinand Parish since 1994.

James has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ashford University, and a master’s in organizational psychology from the University of the Rockies. He is completing a master’s degree in pastoral theology from St. Meinrad. After an enlistment in the Army, James’ training and work has been in the area of technology as it applies to business and accounting systems. He has worked as a computer systems analyst\network, and systems administrator, programmer, and business systems analyst most of his adult life.

He has always served at every parish he has been a member during his life, in any way he was needed.  James was ordained Deacon in August of 2009 for the Evansville diocese and has served at St. Ferdinand since ordination. 



Debbie Schmitt


Director of Evangelization

Debbie was born and raised in Jasper, In. She joined the US Navy after high school and served for over 20 years.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, Master's Degree in Public Service Administration from University of Evansville and Master's in Pastoral Theology from St Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. 

Debbie was a catechist and worked in adult faith formation for seven years prior to coming to Christ the King. She is married to Curt Schmitt from Ireland and has a son Jay. 

Theodora Houchins


Faith Formation Team

Theodora was born and raised in Dubois county. She recieved an Associate's degree in Business Administartion from Columiba College of Missouri and a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science from Purdue Global. She is also a trained catechist in Catechisis of the Good Shepherd for level 1 and 2. Theodora is married to Ethan Houchins (Army Veteran) and they have four children together; Emily, Samuel, Autumn, and Marshall.



Jack Tunier

Faith Formation Team





Joan Lange

Business Manager

Joan was born and raised in Ferdinand.  She received an associates degree in business from Vincennes University.  She is married to David and has two daughters Kelsey (Ryan) Kelly and Sydney Lange.  She has two grandsons Noah & Caleb Kelly.




Dean Gogel



Dean is married to Jodi and they have three daughters Kacy, Alyssa and Megan.



Susan Blume

Administrative Coordinator

Susan was born and raised in Ferdinand.  Her parents are the late Earl "Brewster" Klueh and Judy Klueh.  Susan is married to Rodney Blume and they have three daughters, Lauren Blume (Ryan Williams), Leslie and Lanette.  Susan worked as an accountant/controller/treasurer for 30 years prior to coming to work for the parish.