Pastor Chris is originally from Speedway, IN and fell in love with God at his home church Speedway UMC. He originally went to school to be a chemical engineer at Purdue University and while he was there he performed with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. Upon much prayer and soul searching, he followed his call to be an ordained minister. He then transferred and finished with a dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Pre-Theology and Youth Ministry. From there he went to seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters in Divinity. It was at seminary where he met his wife Michelle, who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is originally from Munster, IN where her faith was kindled at her home church Ridge UMC. She has a bachelor’s in Psychology from Purdue University, a Masters of Pastoral Care and Counseling from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Christian Theological Seminary. Chris and Michelle have been married for 11 years and the joy of their life are their children. Their oldest is Robert and he is 8 years old and their youngest is Michaela who is almost a year old. They also have a small dog named “Buddy.” Chris has been in full-time ministry since graduating from seminary. Full-time he has served as Associate at Southport UMC and as Lead Pastor at Kendallville Trinity UMC and now serves as the Lead Pastor at Greensburg UMC. Before finishing seminary Chris served in a part-time capacity at Chapel Hill UMC, Honey Creek UMC, Presbyterian Homes Continuing Care Facility (chaplain), and Irving Park UMC (in Chicago). He is grateful for the opportunity to get to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to walk with people as we journey together on this walk of faith together as the family of God.
Bill studied Music Education and Theater at Ball State, and then traveled the country as a professional musician, playing country, rock, and jazz. He has played music from Edmonton, Canada, to Jackpot, Nevada, Jacksonville, Florida, to Nashville, Tennessee at the Nashville Palace, and has worked as a session player in studios in Nashville, Tennessee and Indianapolis. He played piano bar on Jacksonville Beach, Florida, entertained on a cruise ship, and has headlined in Indianapolis and here locally in Greensburg.
Bill spends his free time lending his talents as a musical director for stage productions with Tree County Players and Rural Arts Alliance, and currently works as a reporter for the Greensburg Daily News.
He enjoys spending time with his dogs and making music with his friends.
Bill was ‘instrumental’ in the purchase and installation of the new sound system in the sanctuary at GUMC, and enjoys working with the lead pastor and the musicians in improving the quality and appeal of both traditional and contemporary worship at the church. He works with the Praise Band and the Chancel Choir, and coordinates all of the music for worship at GUMC.
Becky was born and raised in Greensburg, the only child of Bob and Billie King. As a young child, she had open heart surgery, which kept her from playing sports, so she spent a lot of years participating in various forms of dance at Dixon Dance Studio. She is a 1997 graduate of Greensburg High School.
Becky has three sons: Kyle (23), William (11), and Henry (8). They are all members of St. Mary’s Parish in Greensburg. Becky’s favorite thing to do is watch her children play sports, especially baseball and football. Becky describes herself as a social butterfly, and loves to go, go, and go. When her schedule isn’t full of youth sporting events, she enjoys shopping, watching professional baseball (especially the Cincinnati Reds), watching movies, reading, and singing karaoke with her cousins in Indianapolis.
Statement of Faith
We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We believe the Holy Spirit guided and directed human authors to create God’s written means of communication with us, which reveals God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity. The Bible is God’s blueprint for living the Christian life and is our source for faith and practice.
We believe in one God, who exists in three distinct persons…the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in being, essence, character, power and eternal qualities.
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior who came to earth in the flesh to reveal God to humans and to restore all of fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. We believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; he is both fully human and fully God. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and embodies the truth about God and the Truth of God. Jesus willingly died on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for sinful humans and to provide salvation for all humanity. His sacrifice in our place provides all humans the means to be reconnected with their loving Creator. We believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven, where he rules as our Lord (absolute authority) and advocate. Jesus will return to earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time.
We believe in the divine personhood of the Holy Spirit as an equal part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God present, living within each follower to empower a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the change agent in the lives of Jesus’ followers, illuminating God’s word for understanding and application in the life of each. The Spirit is involved in progressively transforming each follower into the image of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community and world at large to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation.
We believe the Church (also known as the Body or Bride of Christ in scripture) is a spiritual organism made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who are called to live in fellowship and worship together. We believe in the priesthood of all believers: everyone in relationship with Christ is gifted, empowered and called to serve within God’s mission to reach the world. The Church is God’s vehicle on earth to bring about God’s justice and mercy for all people.
We are an inviting Christian fellowship where people are striving to put God’s love into action in their everyday lives. Come join us on Sunday mornings as we discover the love of God in community with one another.
We are committed to:
Understanding and accepting God’s will
Strengthening our faith in Jesus Christ through prayer, study, and worship
Participating in energetic ministry reaching out in Christian witness
Serving others as an extension of God’s love in our world