At Horizons of Faith we try to always be Christ-like to one another, through all parts of life. Our pastor is always developing relationships and staying involved with people in our church. On Sundays we have interactive preaching and teaching. Our church is dedicated to serving and reaching out to the people around us. We have a heart for people — it does not matter where you are in life, we will meet you there.
Horizons of Faith has also opened it's doors to The Iglesia Evangelica Pentecostes "Jesucristo es Vida" Church. They typically meet on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday evenings.
Meet Pastor Jeffery Mair
Jeff is the minister at Horizons of Faith. It’s a welcoming place with a wonderful congregation of folks who are diverse. Horizons of Faith welcomes folks who don’t necessarily agree or understand God and life in the same way, but there is acceptance and respect and love. It’s a place to find community—to be able to worship and live a life growing and reaching out to others.
Hometown: Vicksburg Indiana in Greene County (about 40 miles south of Terre Haute)
Educational Background: Graduate of Shakamak High School, Jasonville Indiana. Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln Illinois, BA – Church and Family Life. Lincoln Christian Seminary, Lincoln Illinois, MA – Pastoral Care and Counseling. Courses of Study at Methodist Theological School of Ohio (Delaware), Clinical Pastoral Education from Indiana University and Riley Hospitals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Vocation Background: Jeff was a union carpenter prior to attending College. During this time, Jeff spent time as a ministry volunteer at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. While in college, Jeff spent a year working as a Missionary in Eastern Europe, traveling extensively behind the Iron Curtain and taught and preached in the local jail and prison in Lincoln, Illinois.
Jeff served congregations in Indiana and Illinois as a pastor in the Independent Christian Church from 1983 – 1998.
He accepted an appointment to serve a 2-point charge in the UMC in Rockport and Grandview Indiana from 1998 - 2002
He then served Otterbein United Methodist Church, Washington, Indiana – 2002 – 2004; Shirley-Wilkinson Community United Methodist Church, Shirley, Indiana – 2004 – 2008; Cumberland United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana – 2008 – 2012.
Horizons of Faith United Methodist Church, Indianapolis – 2012 – present.
Personal Background: Jeff is married to Gale Stapp who grew up in the parsonage as her father was a UMC for 33 years. They have a daughter, Kelsey (and Scott) Sauter who reside in Elgin Illinois and a son, Thomas (and Darcie) Mair who reside in Indianapolis.
Best part about his job: “The best part of my job is spending time with people. I love watching people “get it”, when what they have been taught and have learned finally makes sense to them. I love seeing people using their God given talents and gifts to make a difference in the lives of other people, inside and outside the walls of the church. I love preaching and teaching and sharing what I discover in my study time to enable others to grow and mature in their faith. I especially love seeing Christian people extend the same grace and mercy they have received to others. That is what living one’s faith is truly all about.”
Interesting things to know about Jeff:
- Jeff loves spending time with his wife Gale…”She truly is my best friend!”
- He loves fishing, camping, woodworking, and traveling.
- He enjoys humor and laughter…”The cornier the jokes…the better!”
- Jeff and Gale have 3 dachshunds, Beau, Lucy and Tucker.
Meet Karen Dowdell, Music Director
As the music director, Karen’s goal is to provide a variety of music that will help enrich congregational members’ worship experience.
Hometown: Born in Elyria, Ohio, but considers Indianapolis, IN home
Educational Background: Delta High School, Muncie, IN, 1980, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1984
Career Background: She was a teacher for 14 years. She and her husband own three companies.
Hobbies: She love to sing, spend time with her husband, daughter and dogs, camp, and read.
Best part about his job: "I love finding new music and collaborating with other musicians to find the right 'feel' for our church. I enjoy working with the choir and trying various arrangements. I also love playing and singing with my sister, daughter, and friends."
Interesting things to know about Karen:
- She didn’t speak to other people until she was three because she and her twin sister had “twin language.”
- She recorded a CD in 2004 and one song made it to number 41 on a popular music website.
- She loves making holiday creations centered around food – one of her favorites was her cheeseball turkey for Thanksgiving.
Meet Kim Horn, Administrative Assistant
Kim enjoys the versatility and flexibility of her role as Administrative Assistant which involves supporting the Pastor, preparing media for Sunday morning worship and the day-to-day duties of the church office.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Educational Background: Having raised and still raising four children has prepared her educationally for most things in life.
Career Background: Homemaker and much volunteer work until joining Horizons of Faith staff.
Hobbies: Family, Camping, Facebook, Photography
Best part about her job:
- Meeting lots of people from the church and the community.
- Great diversity in the job duties and getting to work with such God-loving people!
- Constantly being reminded that God is at work 24/7
Interesting things to know about Kim:
- She has only moved once in her life, from the home she was brought home from the hospital to the home she and her husband bought when they were married.
- She has lived within three miles of the Indianapolis Speedway all her life, but has never been to a race.
- She is most famously known amongst her friends for her chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin bread.