Children learn from Pastor Joe and
his puppet in early days when the
we met in the Lion's Club basement.
This congregation began as a mission plant when Pastor Joe Freeman was called to begin a new Lutheran Church in Fishers, Indiana in 1981. Since there was no church building or members, Pastor Joe spent his first summer knocking on 2,000 doors to invite people to join this pioneering effort. Pastor Joe's intention was "to create a hospitable space where people can meet, worship, serve and grow together." "I am very excited about starting a new congregation from scratch and developing a partnership with the community, identifying the needs of the people, and developing a ministry on the basis of these needs." Pastor Joe’s approachable, relaxed style has created a church climate that is casual, friendly and open. This is a strong part of our church’s identity. The church’s mission is reaching people to know, love, and serve Christ.
Initially 95 people met in the basement of the Fishers Lions Club, and chartered Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in 1982.
We built our first building at 11965 Allisonville Road. It opened to 373 members in 1986, and by 1989, required the construction of an addition which more than doubled the space. During the 14 years at this location the church grew as rapidly as the Fishers Community. In an effort to expand our ministry, especially to children and youth, staff were added.
As we continued to minister to Fishers rapidly growing community we outgrew our building and parking area by 1996. It was obvious another move had to be made. At that time, 35 acres of land became available and was purchased. Planning began for a facility which was completed in 2000, located at 10500 East 126th Street in Fishers. Now we finally had the space we needed to expand our ministries and have an even greater impact on Fishers and the surrounding communities.