INDIANAPOLIS -- The new Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church will begin its move into the Meridian Corporate Plaza 2 building at 301 Pennyslvania Parkway on the north side of Indianapolis three blocks east of the 103rd and North Meridian Streets intersection.

The new Indiana Conference Center will reside on the third floor of the three-year-old office building. The address of the new conference center is:

Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church
301 Pennyslvania Parkway, Suite 300
Indianapolis, Indiana 46280.
Phone numbers have not yet been assigned.

First wave

The first phase will be moving the Indiana Area Office from its location since 1968 in the Indiana Interchurch Center at 1100 West 42nd Street at Michigan Road just north of Crown Hill Cemetery. The United Methodist Church is one of five denominational offices in the building that own the building as partners.

The Indiana Area Office will move on Saturday, Oct. 24. The office staff is currently packing in preparation for the move. The Area Office plans to be closed to visitors from Wednesday, Oct. 21 until it opens in the new location on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Telephones will continue to function at the current location through Oct. 24. E-mail will continue.

Second wave

The second wave will follow with the current South Indiana Conference Center moving from its current location in Bloomington into the new conference center. No dates have been set for this more.

Third wave

The third and final wave will come closer to the end of the year with the current North Indiana Conference Center moving from it current location in Marion to the new conference center.

New center

The new conference center will include the conference offices and the bishop’s office and will be divided into two parts. The bishop’s office will occupy 3,000 square feet of space and will include the offices of Bishop Mike Coyner, Executive Assistant David V.W. Owen, Rejuvenate Project Director Michelle Cobb, Bishop’s Secretary Ed Metzler and Receptionist-Conference Assistant Lisa Timmerman.

The bishop’s suite will have its own entrance separate from the conference center’s main entrance and will include a large conference room with an octagonal table where the district superintendents and conference directors will meet.

The Indiana Conference Communication office will be adjacent to the bishop’s suite but part of the conference offices. It will be occupied by Conference Communication Director Dan Gangler and Communication Assistant Erma Metzler, who are moving with the area office.

The conference side of the center contains 10,000 square feet of office space and includes lobby, three conference rooms, a break room, a small library and storage. These offices will house the remaining conference directors, associate and assistant directors, administrative assistants and receptionist. At least 21 employees will serve in this area and include conference directors, associated directors, an assistant director, conference assistants, accounting clerks and a camping business assistant.