WHO WE ARE

St. Peter's United Church of Christ


St. Peter's United Church of Christ is a welcoming community, sharing God's love with our world and finding the Spirit in Life.

OUR COVENANT OF WELCOME


Welcome! to everyone who has faith or who seeks it, who lives in hope or who needs it.  

 

Welcome! to all who rejoice and are strong, or who mourn and are weary. 

 

Welcome! to those who know Christ, and to those who long for an introduction.

 

We believe God’s grace is extended to all. To anyone who has felt unwelcome or has experienced rejection elsewhere, we say, “All are welcome here!”

 

We acknowledge our diversities … and we welcome, respect and support people of every race, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, age, gender, marital status and physical as well as mental ability. We are a community where all are equal, all are loved, and all are respected for who and what they are — and for what they can become.

 

We acknowledge that our fears and ignorance sometimes hinder us. We challenge one another to follow the teachings of Jesus, who denied no one and welcomed all. We strive to live our faith by supporting inclusiveness and justice for all humanity, and we invite all who gather here to participate in our ministries of service, word and sacrament. 

 

MINISTRIES

There is a ministry for everyone


Spiritual Life

Deepen your faith and explore your unique spirituality.

Themed Retreats and Home-based Spiritual Life Groups

Creative expression through a rotating art display

Labyrinth ministry and worship participation opportunities

The Sacred is around and within.

Missions

Put your faith into action.
Eco-Justice: Native Habitat and Conservation Efforts
Social Justice: advocacy for marginalized communities, including

         LGBTQ+ and immigrants.
Economic Justice: hosting families experiencing homelessness,

        partnering with local food ministries, and a 15+year relationship

        with Washington UCC in Cincinnati.

The Holy One knows no boundaries, but welcomes love.

Education

Faith formation is for all ages.

Worship & Wonder (pre-K-3rd grade), 456 (for 4th-6th grade), and

      Youth Group (7th-12th grade)

Bible, book, and current event studies

We appreciate questions more than answers.

God is present in both faith and doubt.

Hospitality

Nurture others.

Cookies, treats, and beverages at Fellowship Hour

Cards and care packages mailed to those in need

Game nights and community activities

The Source of Life encourages us to create joy for each other.

OUR STORY

5 Names + 4 Denominations + Tons of Enthusiasm = St. Peter’s United Church of Christ


Beginnings  

In 1905, we were located at 21st Street and Central Avenue in Indianapolis and called ourselves Central Avenue Reformed Church, part of the Reformed Church in the United States. In 1922, we moved to 44th and Carrollton and renamed the church – creatively – Carrollton Avenue Reformed Church.

    

 

Finally, in 1974 we landed at Keystone and Carmel Dr. in Carmel, Indiana and changed our name for the last time, to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. (See timeline at right for all 5 of our names and how we eventually became part of the United Church of Christ.) 

Legend has it that Harry Joseph Letterman – David Letterman’s father – suggested the name St. Peter’s for our new church, “because of St. Peter building a church upon a rock for a firm foundation.”

 

 

Personality  

Over the years we’ve had a lot of spirited personalities as members – accomplished artist Evelynne Bernloehr Mess Daily in the early 1900’s, and David Letterman in the 1950s and 60s.


But more important is the spirited personality of this congregation, and its passion for serving those on the margins of society. As early as the depression years, our church was donating the sale of prayer calendars to local charities. In 1957, we sponsored one of our first refugee families – the Hungarian Oravecz family. This marked the beginning of long tradition of refugee assistance at St. Peter’s (today, the Exodus Refugee Immigration of Indianapolis is one of our main missions). 

Other missions our members are passionate about: Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, Rural Healthcare (a nursing facility for adults with developmental disabilities), Washington United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, and Day of Caring, a day of service for various members of our congregation. 


Looking Ahead  

St. Peter’s has enjoyed significant growth during recent years, and we’re looking at new ways to accommodate and nurture our vibrant, thriving congregation.  We invite you to visit soon!

For the text of our 100th Anniversary Book written by Judy Newton, click here.

OUR AWESOME TEAM

Get to know St. Peter's Church staff


Lori Bievenour

Senior Pastor

Home: Wisconsin

Joined St. Peter’s: 2003

Inspiration: Trees

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Rebecca Lockwood

Associate Pastor for Missions & Education

Home: Maine

Joined St. Peter’s: 2015

Inspiration: Harry Potter
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Laurie H

Office Administrator

Home: Indiana

Joined St. Peter’s: 2017 in this position…and 1999 as a St. Peter's preschool teacher 

Sam Locke

Ministry Intern

Home:  Indiana

Joined St. Peter’s: 2017

Inspiration:  Starbucks

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Cheryl Keckler

Musical Director

Home: Delaware

Joined St. Peter’s: 2010 as organist and 2012 as choir director

Inspiration: Camping

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Addie Yoder

Organist

Home: Indiana

Joined St. Peter’s: 2013

Inspiration: Japanese Folk Dancing

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Lori Jannsen

Preschool Director

Home: Indiana
Joined St. Peter’s: 2007
Inspiration: Purdue

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Amber Kinney

Sunday Childcare Provider


Angie Arlington

Sunday Childcare Provider

 

 

Bree Kareuzman

Sunday Childcare Provider