About the Heritage Map

United Methodism in the state of Indiana has an uncommonly rich heritage. In fact, Indiana may be one of the few states to have congregations from all of the major predecessor bodies that became part of what we now think of as the UMC. In addition to congregations from the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Protestant Church, we have a few congregations of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. We also have congregations of the former Evangelical Association, the United Brethren Church, and the Lexington Conference which until 1964 was a segregated conference of the Methodist Church.

As we continue to get to know one another in the context of new clusters and new district structures, we can also take the opportunity to learn more about the history of our predecessors. This map was produced to acquaint United Methodists of Indiana with some past and present aspects of our church:

  1. Past places/persons/ events of significance directly related to one of our predecessor denominations.
  2. Institutions presently ministering in the name of the United Methodist Church of architectural interest.
  3. A few places of such general interest that, while not directly related to our United Methodist heritage, one would find interesting if touring the area.

The information provided is for those locations where there is something that may be seen and/or visited. The current map is based on an earlier version that was originally prepared in the mid-1970s by a task force of persons from the former North Indiana and South Indiana conferences. That map was published in the June 1976 issue of Hoosier United Methodists Together newspaper. Dr. John Baughman, Mr. John Riggs, and R. A. Stowe served as the committee that reviewed and corrected the updated information for the historic sites. Dr. Michael G. Cartwright updated the map for the purpose of making it available on the Indiana Conference website. Ms. Cindy Tyree located the geo-codes for each site. The principal differences between the revised map and the 1976 version are the deletion of those locations where there is no longer something to be seen, the addition of several new sites that have historical significance, and the correction or deletion of erroneous statements.

This revised map is offered with the desire that it will encourage persons to visit the places indicated, to appreciate our great past and present, and to work for a great future of ministry for Christ and the Church in Indiana.

Abbreviations Used

E.U.B – Evangelical United Brethren

Ev. – Evangelical Association

M. – Methodist

M.E. – Methodist Episcopal

M.E.S. – Methodist Episcopal Church South

M.P. – Methodist Protestant

U.B. – United Brethren

U.M. – United Methodist