University Heights United Methodist Church

4002 Otterbein Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227 Church Office: (317) 787-5347

Children's Center: (317) 787-5865 † Church Fax: (317) 787-7696

University Heights United Methodist Church has a historic connection with the University of Indianapolis (formerly Indiana Central College). Soon after the university was established by the United Brethren Church in 1902, the university community sought to establish a church in the newly acquired sector of land which had been named ‘University Heights.’ William Elder, an Indianapolis realtor and entrepreneur, had sold eight acres of land to the United Brethren church to be used for the development of a university and a church facility.

In 1906, faculty and students established a Sunday School on the university grounds,and, some fourteen years later, chartered the first church in Good Hall, on the campus of Indiana Central. Funds were raised, additional land was purchased and, in 1931, soon after the beginning of the Depression, a facility known as University Heights United Brethren Church was built on the corner of Hanna and Otterbein Avenues. Since that time the church has added a sanctuary (1954) and an educational facility (1966). By the late 1960’s, when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church merged to form the United Methodist Church, the congregation had grown to a membership of more than a thousand.

University Heights United Methodist Church continues to have a vibrant and active relationship with the University of Indianapolis and current ministries include a children's center, a Better Indy Babies pantry, and a growing number of ministries to children, teenagers and senior citizens.