2014 marked the 50th anniversary of a small group of pioneering disciples who founded a mission congregation of the former Lutheran Church in America. Pastor Developer Guy Edmiston, Jr. walked the south side neighborhoods of Southport and Perry Township in Indianapolis, and from the very beginning the congregation made up of “Resurrection People” has been a church known for its strong sense of community and compassionate service in the name of the crucified and risen Lord.
After meeting in various homes and a funeral chapel, the first building was completed in 1966 at the present location at Stop 11 Road and East Street. Building expansions followed in 1974, 1995, and most recently in 2013 with a 4.4 million dollar major renovation/new construction project.
Our story, however, has never been “about the building” – rather, our story is about ministry in the name of Christ for the sake of the world. “Resurrection People” gather at our ministry facilities (aka “church”) to be nurtured in God’s love, equipped by the Spirit, and then sent out in the name of Christ into the community, out into the world, to serve. Over the past 50 years Resurrection has built Habitat for Humanity homes in Indianapolis and Food for the Poor homes in Haiti; we have sent youth and adults on service/mission trips to Katrina-ravaged sites in Mississippi, Native American reservations in Utah, and neighborhoods from Trinidad to nearby Fountain Square. We have packed thousands of meals for Kids Against Hunger and broken bread together as a congregational family thousands of times. With our newly expanded facilities we believe we will be a beacon of vitality and transformation in our community for the next 50 years and beyond.
Resurrection’s story is a story of people – people joining hands together to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world, helping to address the hurts and hopes in other people’s lives while being a warm and welcoming place of grace where all can know God’s unconditional love. Our story is also blessed with grace-filled leadership from pastors. Mission Developer Rev. Guy Edmiston, Jr. (1962-1966) was followed by Rev. Paul Krebs (1967-1970), and long-time pastor Rev. Kaye Olson (1971-1990), who entered the Church Triumphant in 1990. Our current staff and leaders model a commitment to team ministry and a celebration of making use of the complementary and varied gifts of the people of God in this place.