Christian Unity in Southeast District

Conference Superintendent: Rev. Dr. In Suk Peebles

Conference Coordinator of Christian Unity: Rev. Dr. Dan Gangler

District Coordinator of Christian Unity: Rev Doug Walker,


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


The Batesville Area Ministerial Association is an association of ministers, not churches. They meet monthly for fellowship and to discuss business and projects they are working on and share a meal, reports President Roger Dean. Ministers and/or representatives for these churches are involved with the organization include: Church on the Rock, Community Church of Batesville, St. Mark Lutheran Church, St. Louis Catholic Church, Batesville United Methodist Church, Batesville Christian Church and Adams Lutheran Church, Batesville; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Crossroads; St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville; and Holy Family Catholic Church and Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. The food pantry is the largest project. Each church takes a month to work at the food pantry. BAMA assists the disadvantaged with electric and other utility bills and sometimes with rent and prescriptions. Contact the Batesville Area Ministerial Association, P.O. Box 383, Batesville, IN 47006, Phone:(812) 932-2622 opt. *2

For more information, contact Batesville United Methodist Church, 106 South Park Avenue, Batesville, IN 47006, Phone (812) 934-3137 Email

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.

Bloomington Multi-Faith Alliance

Bloomington does not have a formal Christian ecumenical organization, but does have An interfaith network called the Bloomington Multi-Faith Alliance, which has United Methodist participation. Here is the link to the BMA:

The Bloomington Multi-Faith Alliance promotes the religious principles of compassion, peace, social and economic justice and stewardship of the earth. It meets every other month on the third Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom to discuss relevant community issues. Sign up for the BMA newsletter or message us on Facebook for the link to join at

BMA also has Faith 4 Racial Equity and a Children and Youth subcommittee. For more information about BMA and ecumenical ties to other denominations in Bloomington, contact the Rev. Lisa Schubert Nowling, senior pastor at First UMC Bloomington, 219 E. 4th St., Bloomington, IN 47408 at, or phone (812) 332-6396. She also is a co-chair of BMA.

Brownstown Area Ministerial Association

Ministers of Christ enjoying God together and ministering to our community in One Spirit.

Main contact is Rev. James Blankenbeker, pastor at Brownstown Presbyterian Church., Phone (812) 358-4198 Phone (812) 528-1022

Brownstown UMC, 110 N Poplar St Brownstown 47220 Phone (812) 358-4537,  Pastor Teresa Poole

Columbus Ministerial Association

Howard Boles, pastor of First UMC in Columbus reported that there is an informal group of clergy that meets monthly. This is primarily the Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, Unitarians and Catholics.  There is no formal structure or leader, they get together for lunch to provide support and encouragement. For more information: Contact Rev. Howard Boles, Columbus First UMC, 618 8th St., Columbus, IN 47201-6861, Phone (812) 372-2851,

Realife Church (Assemblies of God)

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

Hope Ministerial Association

Rev. Edward H. Cottrell, Jr is currently the full-time local pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Hope, Indiana. The Hope Ministerial Association brought Pastor Ed Cottrell onboard to help bring ecumenical churches closer together serving the community in a broader sense through the eight active churches involved with the association. For more information: contact Rev. Ed Cottrell, Hope UMC, 432 Washington St., Hope, IN 47246, Phone (812)546-1149,

Realife Church (Assemblies of God)

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

Greater Madison Ministerial Association

The Greater Madison Ministerial Association is active in Jefferson County. It meets on the third Wednesday of each month at noon at the First Baptist Church, 416 Vine St, Madison, IN 47250, Phone (812) 265-2331. The association has ten active members and about 30 people registered. This list includes most churches as well as retired clergy, para-ministry organizations and the Salvation Army. Meetings consist of sharing joys and concerns, and praying for each pastor present. Participants also hear from guest speakers from various civic groups to coordinate help and ministry. The president is Rev Randy Crutchfield of First Baptist Church. Pastor Doug Walker, Trinity UMC is the acting secretary. Ecumenical services are coordinated for Lenten Noon Worship and Light Lunch each year. For more information, contact Rev Doug Walker,

Seymour Ministerial Association

Seymour has a few informal ministerial associations.  Rev. Angel Armstrong at Seymour Trinity United Methodist is involved in some of those groups. Her email is

The mayor of Seymour also holds a monthly meeting with pastors to share information. 

ECUMENICAL Outreach ministries



Bartholomew County

Love Chapel – Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County, Indiana

292 Center Street, Columbus IN. Phone (812) 372-9421 and

The Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches, also known as Love Chapel, is a Christ-centered, faith-based outreach ministry, comprised of 25 churches. Funds for this ministry are provided by churches, foundations, schools, businesses, groups and individuals within our community. Member and participating churches, together with the community at large, support those with emergency needs through Brighter Days homeless shelter, the food pantry, financial assistance, school care packages and hot meals. Bonnie Burbrink of Petersville United Methodist Church is president.