Faith Lutheran is a new multi-site congregation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), formed from two congregations with rich histories of ministry and mission in Goshen. In March of 2012, the pastors of First English Lutheran (406 S 5th St) and Trinity Lutheran (202 S. Greene Rd) began a conversation about what it would look like to fulfill the missions of our congregations more effectively and with greater impact for our members and the community of Goshen as a multi-site congregation. This conversation lead to months of prayerful conversations (listening posts) and contemplation by the Church Councils and congregations.
In May of 2013, First English and Trinity began an engagement period, testing what this relationship together could look like. After these months of engagement, the congregations of First English Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran gathered together for a special congregational meeting on November 24, 2013 to discuss and vote on a resolution for the two congregations to consolidate as one multi-site congregation in Goshen. The resolution was passed. On March 16, 2014 the two congregations voted to become Faith Lutheran and officially became a congregation of the ELCA in April of 2014. The congregation voted to call Pastor John Hickey as the Senior Pastor of Faith in April of 2014 and Pastor Jessica King as the Associate Pastor of Faith in August of 2014.
Bishop Bill Gafkjen, bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Mission Territory, stated at the November 2013 meeting, “I’m going to be telling your story every chance I get. You are leading the church in many ways and embracing this new world that we find ourselves in. You are helping the rest of the church to see that there are amazing possibilities when we entrust ourselves to God’s grace.”