Christian Unity in South District

Conference Superintendent: Rev. Mitch Gieselman

Conference Christian Unity Coordinator: Rev. Dan Gangler

District Christian Unity Coordinator: Rev. Dr. Tammy Gieselman


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

Bedford North Lawrence Ministerial Association

The Bedford North Lawrence Ministerial Association launched a free, 24-hour hotline. By dialing 812-583-5247, residents can call and talk to someone for a few minutes about their worries.

For more information about this ministerial association, contact the Rev. Judi Early, pastor, First United Methodist Church, 1409 K Street, Bedford, IN 47421. Phone (812) 275-2627. The Bedford North Lawrence Ministerial Association meets from 8:30 to 10 am on the first Wednesday of each month.  Bi-vocational pastors are encouraged to contact Rev. Early and can receive minutes of the association’s meetings.

Hope Southern Indiana  and

Located at the Brown-Starks Neighborhood Place, 1200 Bono Rd, New Albany, IN, 47150

Phone (812) 948-9248, e-mail

Our Mission Hope Southern Indiana, with the support of the faith-based community, empowers and supports individuals and families toward stability.

Vision To be a Faith Based Ministry serving the whole community.


– We are a Faith-centered organization with a living faith in Jesus Christ.
– We welcome and work with all persons.
– We treat each person with the individual grace, compassion, and dignity.
– We assist each person we serve toward self-sufficiency, well-being, and participation in the community.
– We are good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.
We conduct ourselves honestly, ethically and with integrity.

Partnerships Hope Southern Indiana partners with churches and other organizations throughout Kentuckiana to utilize resources to create more individual and family stability. Listing of United Methodist Churches as partners include: Atkins Chapel, Centenary, Edwardsville, Main Street, Mt. Zion, New Albany First, Park Memorial, Sellersburg. Silver Street, Trinity and Wesley Chapel.

Orleans Ministerial Association

The association hosts ecumenical services during Holy Week and also participates in programs known as RIOT and TOUCH, which allow students from the local schools to come to a church for a service once a month. A food pantry was recently reorganized. The association also offers a prayer at the start of all Orleans varsity boys and girls basketball games. During Lent, the association organizes prayer breakfasts at various churches on Saturdays that are hosted by members of the participating churches. For more information, contact Tom Bostic at This information was provided by the Rev. Ralph Purkhiser of the Orleans UMC, 171 S 2nd St., Orleans, IN 47452-1305, Phone (812) 865-2617,


Scott County Small Membership Church Association is for pastors of churches with an average attendance of less than 100. The association meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 am at the Warrior’s Den in Scottsburg. The Rev. Sachary Manton is the point of contact. The mission of the association is to uplift and support small church pastors through prayer and to find ways their churches can unite in service to the community and shared worship experiences. The association has one United Methodist, one Assembly of God, one Church of God, one Presbyterian, one Pentecostal and two non-denominational ministers. For more information, contact Rev. Zachary Manton at Scottsburg UMC, 615 S Honeyrun Pkwy, Scottsburg, IN 47170-6717, Phone (812) 752-3545, E-mail;

Realife Church (Assemblies of God)

5151 W US Highway 40 Greenfield, IN 46140, Phone: (317) 468-1100

The Conference offices will be closed in celebration of Juneteenth on Wednesday, June 19. We will resume normal hours on Thursday, June 20.