A Brief History of
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
In May 1964, before there was a building or a congregation at Vance Avenue and Reed Road, the North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church charged the Rev. Floyd Blake with the task of starting a new church. One of Rev. Blake’s first actions was to drive to the site allocated to the new church to have a look. He knelt and prayed in the middle of the wheat field that occupied the land. There, he asked for God’s blessing and guidance.
Soon a budding congregation began meeting in Brentwood Elementary. In six months the first groundbreaking service for Good Shepherd was held. Nine months later, on February 6, 1966, the first worship service was held in the completed building.
A growing and active congregation has prompted seven building expansions. The church has added an educational wing, a fellowship hall, an activity center and has twice expanded the sanctuary.
The church has always put emphasis on worship, education, fellowship, and missions. As a church we support mission projects in Fort Wayne such as the Rescue Mission and the food pantry. In this country, Good Shepherd annually sends work teams to Pennsylvania. Internationally, we have sent volunteers to Peru, South America, and we have helped fund and construct the first school in Madina, Sierra Leone.
Good Shepherd has always been concerned with outreach and community involvement. Integral programs since the church’s inception include a preschool, Vacation Bible School, and Boy Scouts. More recent community involvement includes participating in the Three Rivers Parade, Retired’s Bible School, Christmas Bible School, Trunk or Treat, Study Connection, and blood drives.
Good Shepherd has had more than 20 individuals called by God into full-time Christian service. Founding pastor, Floyd Blake, used to say it was awesome to look at an empty field and think about what was ahead. He was right. The corner of Vance Avenue and Reed Road is no longer empty, and we can attest to the fact that God continues to amaze!