Christian Unity in Central District

Conference Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright, aleze.fulbright@inumc.org
Conference Christian Unity Coordinator: Rev. Dan Gangler dan.gangler@inumc.org
District Christian Unity Coordinator: Rev. Joshua Lemons, josh.lemons@inumc.org

ECUMENICAL ORGANIZATIONS

These are the known ecumenical organizations of the Central District. If you have more information about another association or ecumenical organization, please contact Dan Gangler. 

Avon Ministerial Association

Avon, Indiana does not have a ministerial association. Occasionally, churches will get together with the public schools. 

Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis

This organization was begun at Roberts Park Church in 1912 and ceased operations in 2021. There is no Indianapolis Council of Churches.

Center for Interfaith Cooperation

 Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W 42nd St Ste 125, Indianapolis, IN 46208; Phone (317) 268-5300; Charlie Wiles, Executive Director

Click here to find them on Facebook.

    • Vision: A community that pursues peace through interfaith understanding and cooperation.

    • Mission: Center for Interfaith Cooperation provides safe environments, resources, and opportunities for service to increase religious literacy, build empathy between faiths, and facilitate interfaith encounters.

    • Values: The Board, Officers and Staff of Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) value and respect people. As a result, we appreciate diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, socioeconomic background, age, religious belief, and any other differences that have been used to divide people. We work to ensure that our membership represents the fullness of the community in which we are located. We are dedicated to diversity in our positions of leadership and in decision-making conversations.

The Center for Interfaith Cooperation was created in 2011 out of the International Interfaith Initiative, founded by current Executive Director Charlie Wiles. Headquartered in the Indiana Interchurch Center, Center for Interfaith Cooperation was created to bring together Hoosiers of many faiths in community. Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) is an outgrowth and extension of several earlier interfaith initiatives in Central Indiana, including the Interfaith Alliance of Indianapolis and the International Interfaith Initiative (the latter of which was a program of the Peace Learning Center from 2006-2011). CIC is proud to build on and expand many of the good projects that appeared in Central Indiana over the last two decades.

Greater Greenfield Ministerial Association

The purpose of Greater Greenfield Ministerial Association is to connect local churches to further the big C church mission through networking, leadership teachings and more. There are 54 member churches as well as local partnered organizations (i.e. Love Inc., local Fire Dept. etc.). It is a primarily Christian organization but it is interfaith with more than 20 other denominations represented as well. GGMA does not have a website and is not on Facebook. For more information, contact Kelsey Breton, Lead Pastor’s Assistant:

Realife Church (Assemblies of God)

5151 W US Highway 40 Greenfield, IN 46140

kelsey.breton@realifechurch.org, Phone: (317) 468-1100

Christian Unity in Coatesville

Coatesville UMC has for many years done work in the community as a day of service that would support the town’s car show and raise somewhere between $10- and $15k for the community each year. We have participated monthly for years side-by-side with the Coatesville Christian Church in their food pantry. It is church sponsored for sure but not ours yet we invest our time, resources and dollars where needed there. We also in 2022 started a National Day of Prayer in May. This has grown to about ten different churches that we contact as well as the Hendricks County Commissioner who attends and prays as well as the Hendricks County Sheriff Chaplain and the Military. So, while there is no coalition, we do reach out to the different denominations to participate in our ideas and they respond almost always. We just had five different churches help us raise $15k for a disabled young man through a simple spaghetti dinner. We have on occasion worshiped with the Amo Baptist church in the summer for a back-to-school fundraiser and dinner as well.  Submitted by Rev. Danny Sanders danny.sanders@inumc.org; pastor@coatesville-umc.org Phone (765) 386-2900.

Irvington Association of Ministers

Rev. Frank S. Impicciche, Rector

Brianna Owens, program director, ICAN, outreach ministry of the IAM. 

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8320 E 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

www.stmattsindy.org Phone (317) 898-7807

Irvington United Methodist Church and Irvington Association of Ministers

Brianna Owens is the Program Director for ICAN, the ecumenical giving arm of IAM (the Irvington Association of Ministers), and the Parish Administrator of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. ICAN is a small social services agency that provides assistance to our neighbors in need in Irvington and was created by the ministerial association. 

The ICAN office is located in the basement of Irvington United Methodist Church. ICAN works with Downey Ave. Christian Church (DOC), offering a one-day-a-week food pantry; we offer small amounts of food to get individuals and families through a day or two until they can get to a pantry. Old Bethel UMC has a larger food pantry as well and we make referrals to that location. We can provide several changes of clothing as well for those in need. We have placed a “blessing box” outside our church which most often contains hygiene kits and we also have a large red food box outside which receives donations from the community. We also provide bus passes to get individuals to a job interview, doctor’s appointment, etc.  

The member churches of IAM hold joint Lenten services with free community soup suppers, receive donations and special offerings for ICAN, and come together for other community events.  Submitted by Denise Robinson, Pastor, Irvington UMC, Indianapolis, denise.robinson@inumc.org 

Martinsville Ministerial Alliance of Martinsville, IN

Phone (765) 342-3461; roxiemcn@msn.com 

An association of Martinsville ministries coming together in the spirit of unity for the community.

Click here to find them on Facebook.

Plainfield Federation of Churches

Phone (317) 839-2319; cwilfong@pumc.org; www.pumc.org

The Federation Board is made up mostly of lay representatives of their respective churches, though a few clergy attend. The Rev. Charlie Wilfong, Senior Pastor, of the Plainfield UMC currently serve as President of the Federation board. Churches currently part of the Federation include: Center Community, First Baptist Plainfield, Plainfield Friends, Plainfield Baptist, Plainfield Christian, Plainfield United Methodist, St. Mark’s Episcopal; St. Stephen’s Lutheran; St. Susanna Catholic and

The Branches. The Federation mostly support services, like food pantries, etc. They do work to host a community Good Friday service and a community Thanksgiving service annually.

Secretary is Neil May, neilmay01@gmail.com.  Vice President is Karen Wallace, whouse22@att.net.

Click here to find them on Facebook.

 

Speedway/Westside Ministerial Association of Indianapolis

Rev. Mark McClintock (contact: mark@speedwaybaptistchurch.org); Speedway Baptist Church, 2986 Moller Road, Speedway, IN  46224; Phone (317) 291-8570

The Speedway/Westside Ministerial Association is an unincorporated and ecumenical fellowship among clergy and is open to all churches in the township of Speedway and the westside of Indianapolis. The current churches represent the 46224 ZIP code. 

This Association has three primary functions: 

  1. Support and networking among the clergy with a common goal of shepherding the people of our area.
  2. Shared worship services among our congregations two times each year—Good Friday and the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 
  3. Support for local ministries to our greater community—a food pantry, a ministry for unhoused families, and a program for the many refugees and immigrants who are our neighbors.

INTERFAITH SOCIAL ADVOCACY

 

Faith in Indianapolis (Marion County)

Faith in Indianapolis (Marion County) is part of Faith in Indiana is leading together to create a more just, sustainable, and inclusive Indiana. Together, we work to advance: safe & caring communities, everyone belongs, freedom to learn.

When people are struggling in a moment of crisis, they should get the care they need not locked behind bars. Law Enforcement officials will be accountable to the communities they serve and deploy force only as a last resort. And we fund our lives with community violence reduction strategies that promote healing and redemption, shift resources away from the mass criminalization of Black people, immigrants and poor families.

1100 W 42nd St, Suite 350, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone (317) 759-3370 Office  www.faithinindiana.org

For more information, contact Rosie Bryant, Community Organizer

 rosie@faithindiana.org   Phone (317) 476-3552 – mobile

OTHER DENOMINATIONAL OFFICES IN CENTRAL DISTRICT

American Baptist Churches of Indiana/Kentucky

Rev. Dr. Bruce Cochran, Region Minister

65 Airport Parkway, Suite 120, Greenwood, IN 46143

Phone: 317-635-3552

Office Phone: (317) 635-3552

www.abc-indiana.org 

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana serves 140 congregations and over 300 ordained and commissioned clergy. Regional judicatory office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

1100 W 42nd St #150, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone: (317) 926-6051

Email: info@indianadisciples.org

Rev. Rick Spleth, Regional Minister: rick@indianadisciples.org 

The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

125 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 926-5454/(800) 669-5786

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis is called by Christ to welcome and witness in central and southern Indiana.

Grounded in God’s love in Christ, the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and its people:

  • Serve as beacons of Christ in central and southern Indiana and beyond
  • Offer a generous invitation and welcome
  • Stand with the vulnerable and marginalized to transform systems of injustice
  • Connect with other Episcopalians, ecumenical and interfaith partners, and advocacy groups
  • Develop clergy and laity to lead the church of today and tomorrow.
Indiana Kentucky Conference United Church of Christ

100 W. 42nd St., Suite 155, Indianapolis IN 46208  Phone (317) 924-1395

https://ikcucc.org

Rev. Dr. Chad R. Abbott, Conference Minister c.abbott@ikcucc.org  

Indiana-Kentucky Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

911 East 86th Street, Suite #200, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Office — (317) 253-3522 info@iksynod.org 

Rev. Dr. William O. Gafkjen, Bishop

(317)253-3522, bishopbill@iksynod.org 

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Office of Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs

1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367
Phone: (812) 240-0315

Rev. Richard Ginther, Director  rginther@archindy.org

The Office of Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs is responsible for assisting the Archdiocese of Indianapolis (Archbishop, Catholic Center, Deaneries, Parishes and pastoral staffs) in nurturing relations with people of faith, whether Christian or non-Christian. The Office is the main support to Archbishop Thompson in his responsibility to promote unity – a unity that goes beyond maintaining the internal unity of the Archdiocese and unity with the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world. Father Ginther attended the National Christian Unity Workshop in Milwaukee in May 2023.

Whitewater Valley Presbytery

100 W. 42nd St., Suite 210, Indianapolis IN 46208  Phone (317) 923-3681

www.whitewatervalley.org/

Rev. T. Alan Thames, Executive Presbyter athames@whitewatervalley.org  

Phone (317)923-3681, ext. 025

God calls Whitewater Valley Presbytery in covenant relationship with the Holy Spirit to connect, resource, and empower disciples in Christ’s name.

OUTREACH MINISTRIES 

 

Avon Ministerial Association

Avon, Indiana does not have a ministerial association. Occasionally, churches will get together with the public schools. 

Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis

This organization was begun at Roberts Park Church in 1912 and ceased operations in 2021. There is no Indianapolis Council of Churches.

Center for Interfaith Cooperation

 Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W 42nd St Ste 125, Indianapolis, IN 46208; Phone (317) 268-5300; Charlie Wiles, Executive Director

Click here to find them on Facebook.

    • Vision: A community that pursues peace through interfaith understanding and cooperation.

    • Mission: Center for Interfaith Cooperation provides safe environments, resources, and opportunities for service to increase religious literacy, build empathy between faiths, and facilitate interfaith encounters.

    • Values: The Board, Officers and Staff of Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) value and respect people. As a result, we appreciate diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, socioeconomic background, age, religious belief, and any other differences that have been used to divide people. We work to ensure that our membership represents the fullness of the community in which we are located. We are dedicated to diversity in our positions of leadership and in decision-making conversations.

The Center for Interfaith Cooperation was created in 2011 out of the International Interfaith Initiative, founded by current Executive Director Charlie Wiles. Headquartered in the Indiana Interchurch Center, Center for Interfaith Cooperation was created to bring together Hoosiers of many faiths in community. Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) is an outgrowth and extension of several earlier interfaith initiatives in Central Indiana, including the Interfaith Alliance of Indianapolis and the International Interfaith Initiative (the latter of which was a program of the Peace Learning Center from 2006-2011). CIC is proud to build on and expand many of the good projects that appeared in Central Indiana over the last two decades.

Greater Greenfield Ministerial Association

The purpose of Greater Greenfield Ministerial Association is to connect local churches to further the big C church mission through networking, leadership teachings and more. There are 54 member churches as well as local partnered organizations (i.e. Love Inc., local Fire Dept. etc.). It is a primarily Christian organization but it is interfaith with more than 20 other denominations represented as well. GGMA does not have a website and is not on Facebook. For more information, contact Kelsey Breton, Lead Pastor’s Assistant:

Realife Church (Assemblies of God)

5151 W US Highway 40 Greenfield, IN 46140

kelsey.breton@realifechurch.org, Phone: (317) 468-1100

Christian Unity in Coatesville

Coatesville UMC has for many years done work in the community as a day of service that would support the town’s car show and raise somewhere between $10- and $15k for the community each year. We have participated monthly for years side-by-side with the Coatesville Christian Church in their food pantry. It is church sponsored for sure but not ours yet we invest our time, resources and dollars where needed there. We also in 2022 started a National Day of Prayer in May. This has grown to about ten different churches that we contact as well as the Hendricks County Commissioner who attends and prays as well as the Hendricks County Sheriff Chaplain and the Military. So, while there is no coalition, we do reach out to the different denominations to participate in our ideas and they respond almost always. We just had five different churches help us raise $15k for a disabled young man through a simple spaghetti dinner. We have on occasion worshiped with the Amo Baptist church in the summer for a back-to-school fundraiser and dinner as well.  Submitted by Rev. Danny Sanders danny.sanders@inumc.org; pastor@coatesville-umc.org Phone (765) 386-2900.

Irvington Association of Ministers

Rev. Frank S. Impicciche, Rector

Brianna Owens, program director, ICAN, outreach ministry of the IAM. 

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8320 E 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

www.stmattsindy.org Phone (317) 898-7807

Irvington United Methodist Church and Irvington Association of Ministers

Brianna Owens is the Program Director for ICAN, the ecumenical giving arm of IAM (the Irvington Association of Ministers), and the Parish Administrator of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. ICAN is a small social services agency that provides assistance to our neighbors in need in Irvington and was created by the ministerial association. 

The ICAN office is located in the basement of Irvington United Methodist Church. ICAN works with Downey Ave. Christian Church (DOC), offering a one-day-a-week food pantry; we offer small amounts of food to get individuals and families through a day or two until they can get to a pantry. Old Bethel UMC has a larger food pantry as well and we make referrals to that location. We can provide several changes of clothing as well for those in need. We have placed a “blessing box” outside our church which most often contains hygiene kits and we also have a large red food box outside which receives donations from the community. We also provide bus passes to get individuals to a job interview, doctor’s appointment, etc.  

The member churches of IAM hold joint Lenten services with free community soup suppers, receive donations and special offerings for ICAN, and come together for other community events.  Submitted by Denise Robinson, Pastor, Irvington UMC, Indianapolis, denise.robinson@inumc.org 

Martinsville Ministerial Alliance of Martinsville, IN

Phone (765) 342-3461; roxiemcn@msn.com 

An association of Martinsville ministries coming together in the spirit of unity for the community.

Click here to find them on Facebook.

Plainfield Federation of Churches

Phone (317) 839-2319; cwilfong@pumc.org; www.pumc.org

The Federation Board is made up mostly of lay representatives of their respective churches, though a few clergy attend. The Rev. Charlie Wilfong, Senior Pastor, of the Plainfield UMC currently serve as President of the Federation board. Churches currently part of the Federation include: Center Community, First Baptist Plainfield, Plainfield Friends, Plainfield Baptist, Plainfield Christian, Plainfield United Methodist, St. Mark’s Episcopal; St. Stephen’s Lutheran; St. Susanna Catholic and

The Branches. The Federation mostly support services, like food pantries, etc. They do work to host a community Good Friday service and a community Thanksgiving service annually.

Secretary is Neil May, neilmay01@gmail.com.  Vice President is Karen Wallace, whouse22@att.net.

Click here to find them on Facebook.

 

Speedway/Westside Ministerial Association of Indianapolis

Rev. Mark McClintock (contact: mark@speedwaybaptistchurch.org); Speedway Baptist Church, 2986 Moller Road, Speedway, IN  46224; Phone (317) 291-8570

The Speedway/Westside Ministerial Association is an unincorporated and ecumenical fellowship among clergy and is open to all churches in the township of Speedway and the westside of Indianapolis. The current churches represent the 46224 ZIP code. 

This Association has three primary functions: 

  1. Support and networking among the clergy with a common goal of shepherding the people of our area.
  2. Shared worship services among our congregations two times each year—Good Friday and the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 
  3. Support for local ministries to our greater community—a food pantry, a ministry for unhoused families, and a program for the many refugees and immigrants who are our neighbors.