Urban Ministries

St. Peter’s in Indianapolis Endures by the Lord’s Word

Pastor Seth Mierow was called to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in 2008. The congregation was struggling and the surrounding neighborhood was in decline. Abandoned houses dotted the streets. Homelessness and crime were a problem. The congregation, which was over a hundred years old, had an aging population that had since moved away from the neighborhood…. Read more »

Our Redeemer Lutheran in Lexington Acts as a Beacon of Light

When Rev. Michael Huebner brought his family to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lexington under seven years ago, he never anticipated how much the congregation was going to impact his entire family. “It’s a tremendous place to be,” he said. “There’s a cohesion among the people that’s unique in my experience. They wanted someone to… Read more »

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Receives Historical Designation

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 2235 W. 10th Ave Gary, Indiana has been added to the National Registry of Historic Places. It is the city’s oldest congregation, with baptismal records dating back to 1863. When German settlers organized what would become St. John’s, they first met in a home, before building their first… Read more »

Learn How You Can Get Involved with Prison Ministry

“. . . I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:36). Tears rolled down the cheeks of “Beth”* as she heard the Gospel for the first time during Bible study in the women’s cell block at the Whitley County, Ind. jail. We had just read: “But God demonstrates his own love… Read more »

Jail Ministry within the Indiana District

Did you know the Indiana District has an active and ongoing jail ministry in Whitley County? Hear Deaconess Carole Terkula (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City), Rev. David Mommens (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City) and Rev. Philip Rittner II (Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City) speak in their own words about the jail ministry they… Read more »

District Convention begins this week

On Thursday and Friday, Lutherans will gather from throughout Indiana and northern Kentucky at the Grand Wayne Center to prayerfully consider our work together. As we do every three years, we will share ministry reports, elect leaders, and vote on important matters. Clergy and lay delegates will represent every congregation in our District. The theme for... Read more »

Gary Mission

Please Support our Mission Outreach Together We Can Make a Difference! The Indiana District seeks, by God’s grace, to reach all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ — including the urban center of Gary, Indiana. "God has a plan for Gary, and he invites us to be a part of that future," says Rev.... Read more »

How ECHO is creating hope and opportunity for teen moms

“I’m a better mother. Had I not been guided by ECHO, my life would be totally different right now. This program can save your life.” That’s how teen mothers are describing ECHO, a program through Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI). ECHO stands for Education Creates Hope and Opportunity, and that’s just what these young women… Read more »

Fishing in Fishers

Cornerstone Lutheran Church Fishers Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Family friendly. That’s one of the best ways to describe Cornerstone Lutheran Church Fishers, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this November. From the well-attended Vacation Bible School this summer to the huge indoor playground built right into the main gathering area of the church, Cornerstone Lutheran Church… Read more »

Rev. Del Campbell returns home “for such a time as this”

Rev. Delwyn Campbell is on a mission. He has recently moved back to his hometown of Gary, Indiana, to help revitalize and rebuild its foundations, particularly in parochial education. Having accepted a call from Saint John Lutheran Church in Gary as the Strategic Mission Developer, Rev. Campbell’s goal is not only to proclaim the Gospel… Read more »