A statewide organization of United Methodist Men came into existence with an organizational meeting held Oct. 17 at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church in Carmel. Many United Methodist churches in Indiana have men’s groups, but a statewide group has not existed in the recent past.

The purpose of the statewide group is to support and establish United Methodist Men’s ministries in congregations across Indiana. The new men’s organization elected David Martin of Noblesville as president; Ken Hudgins of Valparaiso and John Dockery of Elwood as vice-presidents, George Wilson of Selma as secretary and Gary Hostetler of Kokomo as treasurer. The statewide men’s group also hopes to put in place ten district United Methodist Men’s organizations as well. – e-HUM