Wayne Township Churches

Organized May 31, 1824

Denominations

Due to the large number of churches in Wayne Township, this list is organized by denomination. Click on the denomination to jump to that group of churches. An alphabetical list is on the Church List page with all the townships. The first services where held in the 1822 fort later organized in 1837 as First Baptist Church, the first church First Presbyterian was built in 1831.

African Methodist Episcopal Apostolic Baptist
Catholic Christian - Church of Christ Christian Science
Church of the Brethren Church of God Episcopal
Evangelical Association Evangelical United Brethren Jewish Congregations
Lutheran Mennonite Methodist
Missionary Nazarene Presbyterian
Reformed Seventh-Day Adventist Unitarian Universalist
United Brethren United Church of Christ Universalist

African Methodist Episcopal

Official web site and Wikipedia History

First Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church - AMEZ

Organized in 1918 with eleven members.

The congregation met on Lafayette St. for a short time, then moved to Broadway near the General Electric plant. In 1947 the lot at 2615 Taylor St. was bought and during the following year the church was constructed. The congregation disbanded in 1980s.

Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church

836 E. Jefferson Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.426.3121, Facebook

Organized in 1849. The first place of worship was the church formerly used by St. John's Reformed Church. The building was purchased and moved to 801 E. Wayne St. on land deeded to the church by Emerine J. Hamilton in 1897. The church was named Turner Chapel in honor of the Rev. Henry McNeil Turner, the tenth Negro chaplain in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. In 1917 a new church was built at the same location. In 1963 the congregation purchased the present church building from Calvary United Brethren. Records were destroyed by fire in 1979. See also Fort Wayne’s early African-American settlers blazed a trial that burns bright today by Tom Castaldi posted March 28, 2013 and Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church by Tom Castaldi published February 6, 2014 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Apostolic

Wikipedia History

Christ Temple Apostolic Church

1327 Winter Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.426.8200

Organized in 1917. First church was at 1350 Hayden Street. In about 1955 the congregation moved to Winter Street. Only baptism records exist. Contact church for information.

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Baptist

Wikipedia History

First Baptist Church

2323 Fairfield Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.744.2373

First services were held in the old fort in approximately 1822. Organized in 1837 and met in various places, such as in a schoolhouse, the Presbyterian church, courthouse and private homes. In 1841 the first church building was erected at the corner of Lafayette Street and Jefferson Blvd. The building was moved in 1847 to the corner of Berry and Clinton Streets. In 1949 the present church was built. Records from 1837 to 1931 have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

Immanuel Baptist Church

Hessen Cassel Road

Organized in 1899. The first church was built on the corner of Oliver and McKee Streets. In 1924 a new church was built at the same location. In 1962 the congregation moved to a new building on Hessen Cassel Road and McKinnie Ave. In 1994 the church disbanded and members scattered. All remaining records are at the Allen County Fort Wayne Historical Society, 302 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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  1. Program of progress : Immanuel Baptist Church, 1201 McKee Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1950s)

Pilgrim Baptist Church

1331 Gay Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.424.5416

Organized in 1919 at the present location. In 1950 the present church replaced the first church building. Records include baptism, dedication, marriage and membership cards. Contact church for information.

South Wayne Baptist Church

910 Cottage Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.456.2323

In 1890 members of First Baptist Church organized the South Wayne Baptist Mission Sunday School. They first met in the South Wayne Town Hall, but in 1893 the town hall was no longer available and the Glennwood Chapel was purchased and moved to the corner of Indiana and Cottage Avenues. The chapel was renamed Beaver Chapel. In 1911 the South Wayne Baptist Church was organized. In 1913 a larger building was erected at the same location. In 1929 the present church was built. Records start from about 1911 on birth, baptism, marriage and death. Contact church for information.

Union Baptist Church

2200 Smith Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.456.3421

Organized in 1905 as Mount Olive Baptist Church. In 1925 a disagreement between the pastor and some members of the congregation divided the church and Reverend Jordan started another church named Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church. In 1946 the two churches merged to become Union Baptist Church. Records include baptism from about 1914. No marriage records. Death and transfers from about 1914. Call for permission to search. A history of the church is available at the Allen County Public Library.

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Catholic

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News Items

  1. Fort Wayne native has ringside seat for papal transition Don Clemmer is helping handle media relations for U.S. cardinals in Rome by Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel Sunday, March 10, 2013
  2. Poor Handmaids order leaves lasting legacy in Fort Wayne 1868 to the present, by Jennifer L. Boen published October 20, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  3. Nuns reunite in city to commemorate service , the Poor Handmaids traces its roots back to Germany, where the group was founded by Sister Catherine Kasper in 1851. Read more by Sherry Slater published October 26, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper

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  1. The Catholic Church in Fort Wayne - Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, "Reprinted with the special permission of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society."
  2. The Diocese of Fort Wayne, 1857-September 1907 : a book of historical reference, 1669-1907 - Alerding, Herman Joseph, 1845-1924.
  3. The Diocese of Fort Wayne (1907) - Alerding, Herman Joseph, Bp., 1845-1924; Noll, John F. Abp, 1875-1956
  4. The Diocese of Fort Wayne (Volume 2) - Alerding, Herman Joseph, 1845-1924, by John F. Noll, fifth bishop of Fort Wayne, 1941
  5. Fort Wayne Catholic community center (1927)
  6. Fort Wayne's Historic Tie to the Vatican by Eric Olson March 8, 2013 of WPTA21 ABC TV station21Country video
  7. Wikipedia Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception

    Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception on 360cities.com 1122 S. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.424.1485

    Organized in 1836 as St. Mary's Catholic Church. In 1840 the name was changed to St. Augustine's a wooden church, which burned down, and was replaced with the current structure in 1859 the name was again changed to the Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception dedicated December 8, 1860. In 1980 was named to National Register of Historic Places. "Believed to be the oldest building in continuous use in Northeastern Indiana. Records for marriage and death from 1840-1861, baptisms from 1862-1868, marriages from 1862-1903 and miscellaneous records from 1831-1857 have been copied. Records on microfilm include baptisms from 1898-1924, marriages from 1898-1948, deaths from 1898-1972, first communions from 1899-1940 and confirmations from 1902-1948 and are available at the Allen County Public Library. Find more information in The Cathedral by Tom Castaldi published April 17, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

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    Most Precious Blood Catholic Church

    1515 Barthold Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.424.5535

    Organized in 1897. In 1895 the northwest area of Fort Wayne had 155 Catholic families and the need for a church and school was felt. Land was purchased on which to build a church and school, and was dedicated in 1898. In 1911 the present church was erected at the same location. Baptism records from 1898-1924, first communion from 1899-1940, confirmation from 1902-1948, marriage from 1898-1948 and death from 1898-1972 are available on microfilm along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library. City's 'Best Kept Secret' school has a bowling alley in the basement by Eric Olsen WPTA21 ABC TV station21Country videoWISE Web News June 18, 2010.

    St. Hyacinth's Catholic Church

    2825 Holton Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN

    Organized in 1910 to meet the needs of the Polish families in the community. Services were held in the basement of St. Peter's school. In 1923 a combination building was built to house a church, school and hall on Holton Avenue. In 1954 a new church was built at the same location. The church disbanded in 1955. Baptism records from 1910-1950 and marriage records from 1910-1988 on microfilm and a history of the church are available at the Allen County Public Library.

    St. Joseph's Catholic Church

    1910 Hale Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 260.432.5113

    Organized in 1913 for the Italian-speaking people of the city. First met at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Bass Street. In 1916 a wood frame church was erected at the corner of Frary and Taylor Streets. In 1919 the Bishop announced that St. Joseph's would cease to be an Italian parish and would now be a parish church for the use of all Catholics in the area. In 1921, the Bishop sold all the property of St. Joseph's Church to the Westfield Presbyterian Church. Parishioners were left without a parish home. Most of the parish started attending St. Patrick's. The St. Joseph's Church Association was formed for the purpose of reestablishing St. Joseph's Church. Finally, in 1923 the Bishop and the committee reached a satisfactory agreement and property was purchased at the corner of Brooklyn and Hale Avenues. In 1924 the present church was built. Baptism records from 1914-1949, marriage from 1914-1971 and death from 1914-1962 are available on microfilm along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

    St. Mary's Catholic Church

    1101 S. Lafayette Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.424.8231

    Organized in 1848 by thirty German families of St. Augustine's Catholic Church who wanted to build a church where their own language was spoken. Land was purchased on the corner of Lafayette Street and Jefferson Boulevard on which was built a small brick structure. In 1858 a larger church was erected on the same site. In 1886 the church was destroyed when its boiler exploded. In 1887 a third church was dedicated, also at the same location. In 1993 the church was again destroyed by fire. In 1998 the present church was built again at the same location. Records include baptism from 1849-1917, first communion from 1892-1988, marriage from 1849-1928 and death from 1849-1929 on microfilm and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library. September 2, 1993 the church caught fire and burned to the ground. 20th anniversary of the St. Mary's Fire Was the Saint Mary's fire a mixed blessing? The rebuilt St. Mary's Catholic Church is a better fit for the congregation's needs. The story has 20 minutes of video and a photo gallery with many photos. And On 20th anniversary of St. Mary's church fire, the congregation keeps its focus on faith and helping others published August 29, 2013 includes video and links to archive articles about the fire and rebuilding the new church. Both articles by Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel newspaper. St. Mary's Catholic Church fire video by WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 published September 1, 2013 and discussion January 16, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... on Facebook. Photo of fire discussed March 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... on Facebook. Several photos recall the fire in Throwback Thursday: St. Mary's Church fire - September 1993 published May 25, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Photo and discussion July 12, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... on Facebook.

    St. Patrick's Catholic Church

    2120 S. Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, In 46802 260.744.1450

    Organized in 1890, it was known as the Irish church. In 1886 a two-room school was started near South Calhoun and Williams Streets. It was opened for children living too far from the downtown Cathedral school. In 1890 the church was erected on the present site. Baptism records from 1891-1926, first communion from1892-1952, confirmation from 1892-1922, marriage from 1892-1954 and death from 1891-1948 have been microfilmed and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

    St. Paul's Catholic Church

    416 West Washington Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.422.0118

    Organized in 1864 when a group of some thirty-five German-speaking Catholics set about the work of erecting a church in the west end of the city. Property for the new church was purchased at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Washington Boulevard and a church was erected in 1870. In 1886 a new church was built. It was torn down in June 2004. Baptism records from 1886-1935, first communion from 1866-1988, marriage from 1866-1989 and death from 1866-1988 have been microfilmed and are available at the Allen County Public Library.

    St. Peter's Catholic Church

    518 E. DeWald Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.744.2765

    Organized in 1872 by a few dozen families living in the southeast part of Fort Wayne. Most of these families had worshiped at St. Mary's church and formed themselves into a congregation to begin the erection of a large brick structure to serve as a school and house of worship. The present church was dedicated in 1894 on what is known as "St. Peter's Square" which is bounded by Warsaw, Hanna, DeWald and Martin Streets. Baptism records from 1872-1986, first communion from 1881-1988, marriage from 1896-1938 and death from 1896-1988 have been microfilmed and are available at the Allen County Public Library.

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    Christian - Church of Christ / Disciples of Christ

    Wikipedia description of several denominations

    Colony Heights Church of Christ - Independent New Testament no denomination

    4724 Tillman Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816 260.447.2597

    In 1903, the pastor of the West Jefferson Street Church of Christ, now First Christian Church, felt that there was a need for a church in the southeast part of town. In 1907 the East Creighton Avenue Church of Christ was organized and soon after a church building was erected on E. Creighton Avenue and Smith Street. In 1952 a new church was built at Smith and Eckart Streets and the name was changed to Parkview Church of Christ. In 1973 the congregation again changed the name to Colony Heights Church of Christ and erected the present church. Records have been kept including birth, adult baptism, marriage and death. Call church office to arrange to search with their help. A history of the church is available at the Allen County Public Library.

    First Christian Church - Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    4800 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.744.3239

    Organized in 1871 as the West Jefferson Street Church of Christ at 441 West Jefferson Blvd. In 1952 they built the present church on South Calhoun Street and changed the name to First Christian Church. Records on some marriages and deaths. Contact church for additional information. Directory, West Jefferson St. Church of Christ, 1920 : West Jefferson St. Church of Christ is now called First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN.

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    1. Church of Christ announcement (Volume yr.1897-1900) - West Jefferson Street Church of Christ (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    2. Directory of members, 1894 : taken from old membership roll found in box from old cornerstone, West Jefferson St. Church of Christ, now called First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN
    3. Directory, West Jefferson St. Church of Christ, 1920 : West Jefferson St. Church of Christ is now called First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN

    West Creighton Avenue Church of Christ - Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    845 West Creighton Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.744.4950

    Organized in 1896 at the present site, disbanded in 2007. Records for birth, baptism from 1902, marriage from 1930 and death from 1935. Extracts of church membership records from 1896-1988 are available at the Allen County Public Library and also on the Allen County GenWeb page. Index to the Extract of the Membership Records West Creighton Avenue Christian Church, Fort Wayne, 1896-1898 by Adam Barrone.

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    1. Roll call, West Creighton Ave. Church of Christ, April 2, 1905 - West Creighton Avenue Christian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Includes holograph notations on endpapers.
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    Christian Science

    Christian Science and Wikipedia history

    First Church of Christ Science

    4242 Buesching Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46815 260.492.0550

    Organized in 1898. Services were held in various halls of the city until 1913 when property on the northwest corner of Wayne and Ewing Streets was purchased. In 1926 the property was sold to the Chamber of Commerce and a church at 2410 Fairfield Avenue was built. The present church was built in the 1980s. This church does not keep records.

    Church of the Brethren

    Brethren.org, COB Network, Wikipedia history

    Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren

    6404 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.456.1993

    Organized in 1901 as First Church of the Brethren at 2202 Smith Street. A new church was built in 1958 and the name changed to Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren. Records for about the last 25 years for infant birth and baptism, confirmation, marriage, death and letters of transfer. Contact church for information on records.

    Church of God

    Wikipedia describes various Church of God denominations:
    Indiana site, Tennessee Pentecostal, Restoration, and International

    First Church of God

    Piqua Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN

    In early 1854, traveling ministers of the Church of God held preaching services in Fort Wayne, but it was not until 1907 that the First Church of God had its beginning. In 1909 members purchased the property known as Sunnyside Chapel on South Lafayette Street. In 1917 they erected a new church at Wildwood and Piqua Avenues. In 1977 the present church was built and the name changed to Trier Ridge Community Church of God (see Adams Township).

    Church of God Sherman Street - associated with Anderson, Indiana Church of God

    902 Putnam Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 260.422.8762

    Organized in 1897 at the Union Chapel on the Bluffton Road. From that time until 1924 church services were conducted at a number of locations. The present church was dedicated in 1924. This church does not keep records.

    New Life Church of God

    1201 McKee Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46806 260.744.2756

    Organized in 1913 at present location. Contact church for information regarding records.

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    Episcopal

    Wikipedia history

    Trinity Episcopal Church

    611 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.423.1693

    Christ Church organized in 1839 then disbanded in 1840. In 1844 a new congregation formed the Trinity Church. The first church was built on the southeast corner of Berry and Harrison Streets in 1848. Erroneous information appears on the historical marker in front of the church. The present church was erected in 1865. Records on baptism, confirmation, marriage, burial and communion from 1839-1964 have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church, including the short-lived 1840 congregation at the Allen County Public Library. In 1960 the church purchased land at the corner of St. Joe and Flutter Roads to establish the St. Alban's Episcopal Church.

    See their official Trinity Church History web page and 175episcopalfortwayne celebrating the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Episcopal Church to Fort Wayne on May 10, 2014 on Facebook. Archive.org has Talks on church history (1923) by E. W. Averill rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Wayne. A discussion of parish records with photos and vestments in Liturgical Fashion by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published June 4, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

    Read about refurbishing their 70-year-old pipe organ in Church's renovation project goes to pipes by Frank Gray published January 15, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Episcopalians celebrate 175 years in city Paul Wyche published May 11, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Trinity Episcopal Church cornerstone celebration by Stephen Parker published September 23, 2015 on Around Fort Wayne blog. Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Wayne celebrates 150-year anniversary of cornerstone laying published September 26, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper

    Evangelical Association

    Bethel Evangelical Church

    See Faith United Methodist Church

    Crescent Avenue Evangelical Church

    See Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church

    Evangelical United Brethren

    Calvary Evangelical United Brethren

    See Calvary United Methodist Church

    Crescent Avenue Evangelical United Brethren

    See Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church

    First Evangelical United Brethren

    See Faith United Methodist Church

    South Wayne Evangelical United Brethren

    See South Wayne United Methodist Church
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    Jewish Congregations

    Jew - Wikipedia, Judaism - Wikipedia, Judaism 101, Judaism About.com, Judaism - Religion Facts

    The First Jewish Community by Tom Castaldi published March 27, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

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    Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, minutes 1894-1916, Fort Wayne, IN

    B'nai Jacob Celebrates Centennial March 10, 2013 by Rachel Martin and Emily Dwire of Indiana NewsCenter

    B'nai Jacob Synagogue

    7227 Bittersweet Moors Ct, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 260-627-8459

    Organized by Orthodox Jewish families in 1912, this congregation first met in a hall at 131 East Main Street. In 1914 the first synagogue at Wayne and Monroe Streets was dedicated. The second synagogue was built in 1956 at 2340 Fairfield Avenue. In 1993 they moved to their present location. Early records have been lost. Records available from 1970 at the synagogue. A history of the congregation is available at the Allen County Public Library. Their 100th Anniversary was September 29, 2012, but not celebrated until the weekend of November 2-4 because of holy days. For more information read Synagogue celebrating tumultuous 100 years by Frank Gray of the Journal-Gazette newspaper October 23, 2012.

    Congregation Achduth Vesholom

    5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.744.4245

    Organized as a "Society for Visiting the Sick and Burying the Dead." In 1848, the society bought the old burial ground adjoining what is now McCulloch Park. In 1848 the society officially organized the first Jewish congregation in the state of Indiana and took the name the Synagogue of Unity and Peace. This was originally an Orthodox German congregation, and all records were kept in German for the first thirty years. Services were held in the home of Frederic Nirdlinger until 1859 when the old German Methodist Church at Wayne and Harrison streets was purchased. In 1861 the name of the congregation was changed to Congregation Achduth Vesholom. In 1917 a third temple was built at the corner of Wayne Street and Fairfield Avenue. The current temple building was dedicated in 1961. Records from 1848 to 1973 have been copied and are available at the temple. A history of the congregation is available at the Allen County Public Library. Volumes 1-3 in German. See also Indiana’s Oldest Jewish Congregation posted on October 9, 2014 by The History Center on Visit Fort Wayne blog. See photos and discussion February 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... on Facebook. Madge Rothschild Resource Center is new Jewish center to be for 'whole community' by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published April 27, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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    Achduth Vesholom Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, minutes, Volume 2, 1865-1876 (1900) v. 1-3 in German: Constitution und Nebengesetze.

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    Lutheran

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    Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church

    237 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN

    Organized in 1892. First met in the YMCA until 1896 when the church was erected on Webster Street between Jefferson Boulevard and Lewis Street. In 1917 a new church was built on the same site facing Jefferson Blvd. In 1936 the congregation disbanded due to financial reasons and most of the members joined with St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3601 Warsaw Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46806 260-744-3265. Records have been photocopied and are available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Concordia Lutheran Church with Old Cemetery and New Cemetery

    4245 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46815 260.422.2429

    Organized in 1899 by members of St. Paul's Lutheran living in the eastern part of Fort Wayne. A church and school building was erected at the corner of Fletcher Avenue and Alliger Street. In 1904 a larger church was built on the same site facing South Anthony Blvd. By 1961 the congregation was in need of more space, and a new school was built on Lake Avenue. In 1974 a new church was built next to the school. Records on baptism 1900-1990, marriage 1932-1900 and death 1932-1900 have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

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    1. Geschichte des Concordia Collegiums der Ev.-luth. Synode von Missouri, Ohio u. a. St. zu Fort Wayne, Ind. : zum fünfzigjährigen Jubiläum seiner Alma Mater im Auftrag des Jubelfestkomitees dem Druck übergeben, List of students, 1839-1889: p. [57]-72.
    2. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Northern Indiana - 1859

    Emmanuel Lutheran Church

    917 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 260.423.1369, Facebook page

    Organized in 1867 when approximately half of the membership of St. Paul's Lutheran Church living on the west side of Fort Wayne voted to build a new church near the area. In 1867 a two-room school was erected in the 900 block of West Jefferson Blvd. In 1869 the present church was dedicated at the same location. Records start in 1867 for births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths. Records have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library. See also Fort Wayne artist's stained-glass windows win national Lutheran Church award by Kevin Kilbane published November 29, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper and a video Stained Glass Maker Immersed in the Medieval by Eric Olson published October 28, 2013 on Indiana NewsCenter. 1892 organ Wm. King & Son (1892) Status and Condidtion and rebuilt Bennett Organ Co. Opus 1006 (1928) Status and Condition both on OrganSociety.com and same 1892 photo discussion May 31, 2017 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana on Facebook - one comment says the church gave old pipes away in 2016 and a new organ was dedicated April 30, 2017 see Celebrating the Pipes on Emmanuel Lutheran Church News of the Church April 30th, 2017.

    Emmaus Lutheran Church

    8626 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.456.4573

    Organized in 1900. At a meeting of the Emmanuel Lutheran congregation held in 1895, the territory in the southwest portion of the city, bounded by the Pennsylvania Railroad on the north and Harrison Street on the east, was designated as the southern district of the Emmanuel congregation. A resolution passed to call a second pastor who should serve the members living in this district. In 1900 the Emmaus Lutheran congregation was organized. The building of the church was completed in 1904 at 2320 Broadway, eventually moving to its present location. Records from 1900 for births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library. Three stained glass windows from 1901 were transferred to Peace Lutheran Church in Ancient Windows Bring Church Closer to its Roots by Eric Olson -21Alive published October 20, 2015 on WPTA21 ABC TV station.

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    Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

    2940 South Anthony Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.745.4225

    Organized in 1891 by members of St. John's Lutheran living on the east side of Fort Wayne and by members of St. John's Lutheran of Marion Twp. The first church was located at the corner of Gay and Pontiac Streets. In 1927 the present church was erected. Records from 1858 for births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths have been photocopied and are available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Redeemer Lutheran Church

    202 West Rudisill Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.744.2585

    Organized in 1892 by eleven members from Emmanuel Lutheran who wanted to have the Gospel preached in the English language. In 1893 the new congregation bought a church building on the corner of Fulton Street and Washington Boulevard from Plymouth Congregational Church. In 1924 the present church was dedicated. Records from 1893 for births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths have been photocopied and are available at the Allen County Public Library.

    St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery

    729 West Washington Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 260.426.5751

    Organized in 1853. The first church was a small frame structure located on the present site facing Van Buren Street. The second and present church was built in 1862. Records started in 1853 and have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library. Read Donna Weber's 150 year 10 page online history.

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    Geschichte der Evangelisch=Lutherischen St. Johannis=Gemeinde zu Ft. Wayne, Indiana : von ihrer Organisation am 2. Oktober 1853 bis zur feier ihres 50jährigen Bestehens am 27. September l903 - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Fort Wayne, Ind. : Washington Blvd.) Cover title: Jubilee souvenir der St. Johannis=Gemeinde, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 1853-1903.

    St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church

    1125 South Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.423.2496

    Organized October 14, 1837 by 23 German Fort Wayne families led Henry Rudisill as the First German Evangelical Lutheran Church, the congregation first met in the courthouse. It the 2nd oldest Lutheran congregation in Indiana from June 6, 2016 Tweet by The History Center. When the courthouse became too dilapidated, the congregation moved into a brick schoolhouse on the corner of Superior and Harrison Streets. In 1839 a small wood frame church was erected on the corner of Barr and Madison Streets. In 1846 the name was changed to The German Evangelical St. Paul's Lutheran Church. By 1847 the congregation had outgrown the small church and the building was moved to the rear of the church property and converted into a schoolhouse. A new church was erected in its place. In 1889 it became necessary again to build a larger church at the same location. In 1903 a fire destroyed much of the church, and in 1905 the present church was built. In 1922 the name was changed to the present name. Records began in 1836 and have been photocopied and are available along with several histories of the church at the Allen County Public Library. A brief history is posted under German Prayer Books June - Coming Together on 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.

    Milestone Achievement for Fort Wayne Landmark 175th anniversary video January 6, 2012 by Eric Olson of IndianaNewsCenter.

    Local Lutherans have eyes on roots St. Paul’s turns 175, hears plans for mission in Germany January 19, 2012 Journal-Gazette newspaper article "In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses objecting to corruption in Roman Catholicism to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. On Sunday, members of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Fort Wayne kicked off a yearlong 175th anniversary celebration by hearing about a plan to start a new Lutheran congregation there. ... Today, Wittenberg has only two Lutheran churches – and they’re seen more as museums than vibrant centers of spirituality, May said in a telephone interview last week."

    See photos and discussion posted July 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... on Facebook.

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    1. Geschichte der deutschen evang.-luth. St. Pauls-Gemeinde zu Fort Wayne, Ind. vom Jahre 1837 bis 1887 : zum fünfzigjährigen Jubiläum der Gemeinde - Sauer, H. G
    2. Geschichte der Deutschen Ev.-Luth. St. Pauls-Gemeinde zu Fort Wayne, Ind., vom Jahre 1837 bis zum Jahre 1912 : Zum fünfundsiebzigsten Jubiläum der Gemeinde - Sauer, H. G.
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    Trinity English Lutheran Church

    405 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.426.3424

    Organized in 1846 by a few members of St. Paul's Lutheran as an English speaking Lutheran church. They purchased their first church building from the First Presbyterian Church in 1846 on East Berry St. In 1864 the second church was built at Wayne and Clinton Streets. In 1924 the third and present church was built on the corner of Wayne and Ewing Streets. Records from 1846-1984 have been photocopied and are available along with several church histories at the Allen County Public Library.

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    1. "Ecclesia plantanda"; the story of 125 years planting--expanding--promoting the Church by Trinity English Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1846-1971 - Krauss, Paul Hartzell, Cover title: Trinity English Lutheran Church. Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1846-1971.

    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

    1636 St. Mary's Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 260.422.7931

    Organized in 1893 as a mission outreach to the families of the Bloomingdale neighborhood by St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In 1893 the first school was built, and in 1895 the congregation was organized. In 1915 the present church was erected. Records from 1895-1977 have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

    Zion Lutheran Church

    2313 Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.744.1389

    Organized in 1883 by members of St. Paul's who lived south of the Pennsylvania Railroad. This sector of the city was at that time known as "Frenchtown." It was decided to supply the members in Frenchtown with a school. In 1882 a site for the new school was purchased on the corner of East Creighton Avenue and Hanna Street. The present building was dedicated in 1891. Records from 1881-1970 have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

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    Mennonite

    Mennonite Connections, MennoLink, Mennonite USA, ThirdWay, Wikipedia history

    First Mennonite Church

    1213 St. Mary's Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 260.422.6702

    Organized in 1903 in an upstairs room at 1921 South Hanna Street. In 1904 the church was moved to 2237 Oliver Street. In 1906, because most of their members lived in the northwest section of the city, it was decided to build a new church at 1209 St. Mary's Avenue. In 1915 the present building was dedicated. Records are incomplete. Contact church for information. A history of the church is available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Methodist

    UMC, Wikipedia history

    Encapsulating Time brief review of  Methodist church history in Fort Wayne since the first church built in 1840 under the name Berry Street Chapel. By Emily Royer published May 27, 2016 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

    Archive.org ebook

    1. Year book of the North Indiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1910) - Methodist Episcopal Church. North Indiana Conference, held at Bluffton, Indiana
    2. Year book of the North Indiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Volume yr.1911) - Methodist Episcopal Church. North Indiana Conference
    3. Year book of the North Indiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Volume yr.1912) - Methodist Episcopal Church. North Indiana Conference
    4. Year book of the North Indiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Volume yr.1913) - Methodist Episcopal Church. North Indiana Conference
    5. Year book of the North Indiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Volume yr.1914) - Methodist Episcopal Church. North Indiana Conference
    6. Year book of the North Indiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Volume yr.1915) - Methodist Episcopal Church. North Indiana Conference
    7. Year book of the North Indiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Volume yr.1916) - Methodist Episcopal Church. North Indiana Conference

    Calvary United Methodist Church

    6301 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819 260.747.9218

    Organized in 1875 as United Brethren Church. The congregation first worshiped in a rented building on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Fulton Street. In 1877 the congregation moved to the corner of Lewis and Harmar Streets. In 1894 the church was renamed Calvary United Brethren. In 1928 a new church was erected at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Harmar Street. In 1946 the United Brethren merged with the Evangelical Association and the name of the church was changed to Calvary Evangelical United Brethren. In 1964 the church moved to the present location. In 1968 the name was changed to Calvary United Methodist Church when the two denominations merged. Records include baptism, confirmation, marriage, death and membership. Contact church for information. They have an online history.

    Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church

    1232 Crescent Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 260.424.4509

    Organized prior to 1909 as the Crescent Avenue Evangelical Church. The congregation first met at Lakeside Grade School. In 1909 the present church was built. In 1946 the Evangelical Association merged with the United Brethren and the name changed to Crescent Avenue Evangelical United Brethren. In 1968 the name was changed to Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church when the two denominations merged. Records include baptism from 1911, confirmation from 1952, marriage from 1911 and death from 1911. Contact church for information.

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    Faith United Methodist Church

    207 East DeWald Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.744.4238

    Organized in 1867 as Bethel Evangelical Church on the corner of Holman (now Brackenridge) and Clinton Streets. The congregation moved to the present location in 1897. In 1914 the name was changed to First Evangelical Church. In 1946 the Evangelical Association merged with the United Brethren and the name was changed to First Evangelical United Brethren. In 1952 a new church was built around the walls of the old church. In 1968 the name was changed to Faith United Methodist Church when the United Brethren and Methodist churches merged. Records include birth, baptism, dedication, marriage and death from 1867. Contact church for information.

    First Methodist Episcopal Church

    Organized in 1828, built in 1840 on the corner of Berry and Harrison Streets as the Berry Street Chapel

    In 1851 name changed to Berry Street Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1903 the church relocated to the corner of East Wayne and Lafayette Streets and was renamed First Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1968 merged into First Wayne Street United Methodist Church with Wayne Street Methodist Episcopal congregation (see below). Book inscribed "First Methodist, formerly Berry St.", the Berry Street Chapel was always a part of Wayne Street Methodist. Is membership records, with a number of marriages, 1903-1907, in the back.

    First Wayne Street United Methodist Church

    300 East Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.422.4681

    Formed in 1968 by the merger of the First Methodist Episcopal and Wayne Street Methodist Episcopal congregations. Records are incomplete. Original records were taken to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Copies of all available records are available along with histories of both churches at the Allen County Public Library. The history of this church is covered on four pages of the 2005 History of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana.

    Simpson United Methodist Church

    2501 South Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.744.1169

    Organized in 1866 with the first meetings held in the homes of the members. Services were then transferred to a fire station. The first church sanctuary was erected in 1868 at the corner of Masterson and Harrison Streets and named Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church. A few years later the name was changed to Simpson Methodist Episcopal Church honoring Bishop Matthew Simpson of DePauw University. In 1911 the present church was built. Contact church office with specific request for record information.

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    South Wayne United Methodist Church

    3500 South Wayne Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.745.2933

    In 1919 a meeting was called for the purpose of organizing a new church. The name of the new church was South Wayne Evangelical United Brethren. In 1920 a temporary building was dedicated. In 1926 the present building was dedicated. The name was changed to South Wayne United Methodist Church in 1968 following the merger with the Methodist Church. Records started in 1919 include baptism, marriage and death. The church closed in 2004. Records are likely at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.

    Trinity United Methodist Church

    609 Putnam Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 260.422.7924

    Organized in 1875 as the Ninth Ward Methodist Episcopal Church at the corner of Third and Marion Streets. In 1876 the name was changed to Third Street Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1884 the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Cass and Fourth Streets was purchased. The name of the church was again change at this time to Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1922 the present church was dedicated. Records include births from 1875, baptisms from 1875, marriages from 1876 and deaths from 1922. Contact church with specific request. A history of the church is available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Wayne Street Methodist Episcopal Church

    Organized in 1849 on the corner of West Wayne Street and Broadway by order of the Annual Conference in 1849. All members of First Methodist living west of Harrison Street were requested to form a new congregation known as West Charge. In 1968 merged with First Methodist Episcopal to form First Wayne Street United Methodist Church (see above). See Fort Wayne United Methodist Time Capsule in June - Comming Together 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.

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    Register (1903) - First Methodist Episcopal Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Although this record is inscribed "First Methodist, formerly Berry St.", the Berry Street Chapel was always a part of Wayne Street Methodist. This record consists principally of membership records, with a number of marriages, 1903-1907, in the back

    Waynedale United Methodist Church

    2501 Church Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 260.747.7424

    Organized in 1903 in a little one-room frame church on the corner of Bluffton and Dunkleburg Roads. The name of the Union Chapel Methodist Church was adopted. In 1919 services were moved to a public school building, then in a remodeled barn and later in a large house on the Bluffton Road. The name Waynedale Methodist Episcopal Church was adopted in 1926. In 1928 the present church was dedicated. Records not started until 1960 for baptism and death. Contact church with specific request.

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    Missionary

    Headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN, MC USA, Wikipedia history

    First Missionary Church

    701 West Rudisill Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.745.4994

    Organized in 1905, the first members met in the chapel of the Fort Wayne Bible Training School, now Taylor University. In 1920 the present church was built. Record keeping started sometime between 1930 and 1950, mostly membership lists. Family members who are members of the church must give consent before a search can be made. A history of the church is available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Nazarene

    International, Wikipedia

    First Church of the Nazarene

    3515 West State Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 260.432.4672

    Organized in 1916 in a mission hall on East Columbia Street. In 1916 the congregation moved to a little church on the corner of Third and Marion Streets. In 1922 they sold the building to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and purchased a church building at the corner of 4th and Cass Streets from Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. In 19-the present church was Records include baptism, date of membership and date of transfer. Contact church with specific request.

    Presbyterian

    PCUSA, PCANet, Wikipedia

    Bethany Presbyterian Church

    1616 West Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN

    Organized in 1893 as the Westside Mission of the First Presbyterian Church at 1607 Boone St. The first church was a small building purchased from the United Brethren Church. In 1894 Bethany Presbyterian Church was organized and in 1896 a new building was dedicated at the corner of Boone and Fry Streets. In 1961 a new church was built at 1616 W. Main St. Records include birth, baptism, marriage and death from 1920. Records incomplete before 1920. In 1997 Bethany Presbyterian merged with Westfield Presbyterian Church to form United Faith Presbyterian (see below).

    Calvary Third Presbyterian Church

    Formerly at 1701 Capitol Ave.

    Calvary Third Presbyterian Church disbanded in March 2011. Calvary Presbyterian Church started out as Anthony Boulevard Presbyterian Church. It was located on the southeast corner of Anthony and Drexel. When they built the new church on Capitol Ave., they changed the name to Calvary Presbyterian Church in the early 1950's.

    In 1995 Third Presbyterian Church merged with Calvary Presbyterian Church to form Calvary Third Presbyterian Church. Records include birth from 1834, baptism from 1884, confirmation from 1867, marriage from 1913 and death from 1868. Records have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

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    First Presbyterian Church

    300 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.426.7421

    Organized in 1831. After six years in uncomfortable and inadequate temporary quarters, First Church was built in 1837 at 334 East Berry Street. This was the first church built in Fort Wayne. By 1844 the congregation had outgrown its original building. A site was purchased on the corner of Clinton and Berry Streets and the second building was dedicated in 1852. In 1863 the congregation enlarged and modernized the church by adding a new wing. In 1882 a fire completely destroyed the church. In 1886 the third church building was dedicated at the corner of Clinton Street and Washington Blvd. The present church was built in 1955. Records from 1858-1959 have been photocopied and are available along with several histories of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

    The Early Presbyterians by Tom Castaldi published December 8, 2015 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

    Their Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, installed in 1956 with more than 4,000 pipes.... At the time, it was considered one of the finest made. ... Fort Wayne is a city where Embassy Theatre’s Grande Page pipe organ is practically a local celebrity and where scores of people drive from church to church just to hear their outstanding pipe organs demonstrated as part of “Follow the Pipes” during the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival. Quotes are from and pipe organ was featured in the newspaper article Instrument has many local fans by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette newspaperon February 7, 2013.

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    1. Calendar of the Woman's Missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church (Volume yr.1921-1922) - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Woman's Missionary Society
    2. Calendar of the Woman's Missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church (Volume yr. 1922-23) - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Woman's Missionary Society
    3. First Presbyterian Church Fort Wayne, Indiana trustees record : No. 1, Apr. 12, 1843 to Dec. 22, 1868 - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    4. First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne - Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, reprint. Originally published by the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
    5. First Presbyterian Church 1959 published by the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
    6. Historical sketch of the First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana : with early reminiscences of the place : a lecture before the congregation, Oct. 16, 1881, the semi-centennial of its organization - Williams, Jesse Lynch, 1807-1886, Revision of ed. printed: Fort Wayne : J.W. Dawson, printer, 1860
    7. Historical sketch of the First Presbyterian church, Fort Wayne, Indiana. With early reminiscences of the place - Williams, J[esse] L[ynch], 1807-1886. [from old catalog]
    8. Programme for the monthly meetings of the Women's missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana (Volume yr. 1904-05) - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Women's Missionary Society
    9. Session record (Volume yr.1831-1845) - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Succeeding volumes called Session minutes
    10. Year book of the first church (Volume yr. 1907) - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    11. Year book of the first church (Volume yr.1908) - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    12. Year book of the first church (Volume yr.1914) - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    13. Year book of the first church (Volume yr.1916) - First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
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    Third Presbyterian Church

    Harrison and Taber Streets, Fort Wayne, IN

    Organized in 1867 by members of First Presbyterian Church. In 1869 a church was built at the corner of Calhoun and Taber Streets. In 1900 a second church was built at Harrison and Taber Streets. In 1975 a fire destroyed the building and the congregation moved to 307 West Woodland Avenue. In 1995 Third Presbyterian Church merged with Calvary Presbyterian Church to form Calvary Third Presbyterian Church. The ebook A brief history of the Third Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1900) is on Archive.org.

    United Faith Presbyterian Church

    1616 West Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 260.424.5610

    Formed in 1997 by the merger of Bethany and Westfield Presbyterian Churches. Records from both churches are available at United Faith Presbyterian Church.

    Westfield Presbyterian Church

    1901 Taylor Street, Fort Wayne, IN

    Organized in 1907 as a Sunday School started by a group of young men from Third Presbyterian Church. The first building, known as "Grace Chapel," was located on Morris Street just south of Taylor Street. In 1914 the group organized as a church and took the name Westfield Presbyterian Church. In 1921 the congregation purchased the church property of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Records available on baptism, marriage, confirmation and death. In 1997 Westfield Presbyterian merged with Bethany Presbyterian to form United Faith Presbyterian Church (see below).

    Westminster Presbyterian Church

    2614 East State Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN

    Organized in 1844 as Second Presbyterian Church. The first church building was erected on the south side of Berry Street between Webster and Ewing Streets. In 1894 the name was changed to Westminster Presbyterian. In 1889 a new church was erected at the same location. In 1951 a fire destroyed the building, but the congregation, determined to stay together, held services in the Paramount Theatre on East Wayne Street and then in the Moose Lodge on Webster Street. In 1954 an assembly and education structure was erected at 2614 East State Boulevard that served the congregation until 1962 when the new sanctuary was completed. In February 2000 Westminster merged with North Highlands Presbyterian to form Grace Presbyterian Church, 1811 Fairhill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 260-426-4712. Records since 1856 have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

    Archive.org ebook

    1. The Bible, a sufficient creed : being two discourses delivered at the dedication of the Second Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Iowa [i.e. Indiana] February 22, 1846 (1846) - Beecher, Charles, 1815-1900
    2. Catalogue of Westminster Seminary (Volume yr.1894-1895) - Westminster Seminary (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    3. Manual of the Second Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1895) includes full list of members 1844-1869 by year
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    Reformed

    Wikipedia says a 1999 survey listed 746 Reformed denominations

    St. John's Reformed Church

    See Grace St. John's United Church of Christ

    Grace Reformed Church

    See Grace St. John's United Church of Christ

    Salem Reformed Church

    See Salem United Church of Christ

    Seventh-Day Adventist

    Adventist.org, Wikipedia

    First Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Fort Wayne

    228 Lexington Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.745.1594

    Organized in 1897. For many years the congregation met in homes and halls. In 1922 the congregation purchased a church building at Third and Marion Streets from the Church of the Nazarene. In 1939 the congregation purchased a building at 427 East Leith Street. In 1954 the present church was built. Records start in 1895 for birth, baptism, death and membership transfer. Contact church office with request.

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    Unitarian Universalist

    Unitarian Universalist, Wikipedia

    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne

    5310 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.744.1867

    Organized in 1876, services were held at the Indiana Conservatory Hall of Music, in the same room formerly used by the Universalist's. No formal congregation was formed at this time. In 1939 a Unitarian Congregation again organized in Fort Wayne and held their first meetings in the lounges at the Fairfield Manor. About 1942 they purchased a residence at 2929 Fairfield Ave. They moved to their present location in 1960. Complete records of annual meetings exist. Some records from before 1950 exist, but complete records on naming ceremonies (baby dedications), marriages and deaths after 1950 are available. Complete membership lists with addresses and phone numbers since 1939 are also available at the church.

    Celebrating its 75th year in 2014 a series of posts by Sandra Maze, church historian, begins with Where Do We Come From? published October 8, 2014, Where Do We Come From--Our Holy Space second in the series published October 14, 2014, Where Do We Come From? -- Our Holy Space Part Two third in the series published October 28, 2014, and And Then We Were One published November 5, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

    United Brethren

    Most likely the Evangelical United Brethren as a result of the 1946 merger, and then in 1968 merged again to form the United Methodist Church.

    Calvary United Brethren Church

    See Calvary United Methodist Church

    Prairie Grove Church

    Prairie Grove Chapel

    Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN

    The United Brethren Church built the chapel in the 1850s. Prairie Grove Cemetery was first mentioned in June 1874. The church land was donated by Joseph and Catherine Mason according to the Prarie Grove Church and Cemetery by Ed Noble published February 18, 2004 in theWaynedale News.com. Services were held there by circuit riders of the denomination up to 1901. The church then stood empty for several years until some people of the community started having a Sunday School there. The Prairie Grove Cemetery Association, which was organized in 1899, or April 11, 1907 according to the Ed Noble article, used the chapel for funeral services and in 1913 bought the chapel for that purpose. Shortly thereafter students in training for the ministry at the Fort Wayne Bible Training School began having regular church services in the building. There are no known records.

    The church reopened for special Christmas Services in 2009. Christopher Crawford has photograph's of the The Prairie Grove Cemetery Chapel and 2009 after a minor 2008 fire then restored by local volunteers. Another newspaper article December 9, 2010 expresses hope the 2nd Annual Christmas Services become an annual tradition. This 2010 newspaper article said Bishop Wright, father of the Wright Brothers of first airplane flying fame, was Church of the Brethren and likely preached at Prairie Grove Chapel. Bishop Milton Wright was actually United Brethren not Church of the Brethren, a common misunderstanding of similar named congregations. Bishop Wright offered the prayer of dedication on September 21, 1897 at the founding of Huntington University home of the United Brethren Historical Center in Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana. Like most early preachers Bishop Wright traveled to numerous churches in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

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    United Church of Christ

    Grace Reformed

    316 East Washington Boulevard

    Organized in 1883, the congregation first worshiped in the Jewish Synagogue on Harrison Street. In 1884 a Sunday School building was erected on East Washington Boulevard and in 1894 a sanctuary was built adjoining the Sunday School building. In 1928 the congregation built a new church on the corner of Webster Street and Lexington Avenue on the south side of the city. In 1934 the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged, thereby changing the name to Grace Evangelical and Reformed Church. In 1957 the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged with the Congregational Church to form the United Church of Christ. In 1983 Grace United Church of Christ merged with St. John's United Church of Christ (see below). A history of the church is available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Grace St. John's United Church of Christ

    4120 West Webster Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 260.745.4951

    Formed in 1983 by the merger of Grace and St. John's United Church of Christ. Records from both churches are available, contact church for more information. St. John's United Church of Christ Record Books, mostly in German, Volume 1 1868-1894, Volume 2 1895-1900, Volume 3 1901-1941.

    Archive.org ebook

    1. St. John United Church of Christ, Fort Wayne, Indiana, record book (Volume 2) - St. John's United Church of Christ (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Photocopy of original records, largely in German
    2. St. John United Church of Christ, Fort Wayne, Indiana, record book (Volume 3) - St. John's United Church of Christ (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Photocopy of original records, largely in German

    Plymouth Congregation United Church of Christ

    501 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260.423.9424

    Organized in 1870 as Plymouth Congregational Church, the congregation first worshiped in a small building at the corner of Fulton Street and Washington Boulevard. During the first year a new building was erected on the opposite corner. In 1893 the congregation built a church on the corner of Harrison Street and Jefferson Boulevard. In 1924 the present church was dedicated. In 1957 with the merger of the Congregational Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church, the name was changed to Plymouth Congregation United Church of Christ. Records from 1899 have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

    St. John's Reformed

    Organized in 1844 by a small group of member from St. Paul's Lutheran Church. They worshiped for a while at the First Presbyterian Church and became known as "German Presbyterians." In 1844 a parochial school was built at 260 West Washington Boulevard. The sanctuary was built in 1869 adjoining the school. In 1934 the Evangelical Church and the Reformed Church merged, thereby changing the name to St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church. In 1957 the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged with the Congregational Church to form the United Church of Christ. In 1983 St. John's United Church of Christ merged with Grace United Church of Christ (see above). Records for birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage and death exist from 1844. Old records are in German, contact church for more information.

    Salem United Church of Christ

    2401 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 260.426.5854

    Organized in 1868 as the Salem Reformed Church on Clinton Street when fifty members of St. John's Reformed Church withdrew in order to organize the second Reformed Church in Fort Wayne. A small framed chapel on the corner of Wayne and Clinton Streets, which had been vacated by the Baptists, was purchased. The congregation soon outgrew the small chapel and in 1869 they purchased the property across the street. The new church was dedicated in 1870. In 1934 with the merger of the Reformed and Evangelical Churches, the name changed to Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church. In 1955 the present church building was dedicated. In 1957 the name was changed to Salem United Church of Christ after the merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Church. Records since 1868 on baptism, confirmation, marriage and death have been photocopied and are available along with a history of the church at the Allen County Public Library.

    Archive.org ebook

    1. Records [Treasurers Reports Jan 1971-Dec 1976 Books 24 & 25] (Volume 3) - Salem United Church of Christ (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Earlier known as Salem Reformed Church, then Salem Evangelical & Reformed Church; earlier records are cataloged under those names.

    Universalist

    Wikipedia history

    First Universalist Church

    Organized in 1875, the congregation held services in the Indiana Conservatory Hall of Music at the corner of Main and Court Streets. In 1876 the Achduth Vesholom Congregation provided the use of their old synagogue free of charge. The building stood on Harrison Street between Washington Boulevard and Wayne Street. By 1880 the congregation had disbanded. A history of the Universalist Church of Allen County is available at the Allen County Public Library.

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