With hugs and words of greeting, members of Faith United Methodist Church welcomed their new pastors: two former Taylor University “roommates” who were leaders in Good News, the evangelical caucus of the United Methodist Church’s Northern Indiana Conference.
Rev. Larry Kurtz was the new Senior Pastor, and Rev. Frank Beard, an Elkhart native, the Associate. In two services 375 people joined for worship. Faith was an entirely appropriate name selected for the resulting union of four inner-city congregations. Castle, Grace, Good Shepherd, and Simpson voted April 18, 1993 to unite as one congregation and relocate to Elkhart’s east side while maintaining a ministry presence in the inner city. The groundbreaking and consecration service was held at the new site on April 23, 1995. Members of the Building Committee were Judy Atkinson, Al Bailey, Wilkie Bush, Don Covey, Jim Hacker, Teresa Jamison, Dick Jenks, Tony Johnson, Tim Lockhart, Bruce Martin, Ruth Miller, Becky Nelson, Jack Rodman, Dick Snellenberger, and Ramona Sutphin. On Sunday, September 14, 1996, Faith United Methodist Church worshiped as one congregation in its new facility. “To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Hath Done!”