A dynamic, growing community of faith, Geist Christian Church held its first worship service on April 28, 1985 meeting in the clubhouse of the Eagle Nest subdivision in northeast Indianapolis.
From that time to this, the vision that God put before the congregation has stretched and challenged the community to ever-growing ministries. On Thanksgiving weekend 1987, Geist Christian Church moved to the current Mud Creek campus location and in 2006, land was purchased for a North Campus in Fishers, Indiana. Services began at 126th and Promise Road in September 2008. The new building is now complete and services began there in September 2008. Randall Updegraff Spleth is the Senior Minister at both locations having served the congregation since its founding.
The congregation is committed to excellence in programming and facility with a passion for service and outreach. Worship styles vary according to service with uplifting music and preaching at all services. Because children are important, quality childcare and children’s programming is offered at every service. The ALTARed service for youth (grades 6-12) responds to their worship needs and taps their leadership potential.
The congregation is one of approximately 3,500 congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a mainline protestant denomination founded on the American frontier. In many areas, we combine our efforts with others in the denomination to witness Christ around the world.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. This statement is more than words or simply a profession of faith. It is the only question we ask when one wishes to affiliate with Geist Christian Church and our faith is expressed out of this simple profession. There are no other creeds or confessions that act as a test of faith.
- We believe that The Lord's Table is open and inclusive. Communion, which we celebrate weekly, is open to all who confess Jesus as the Christ. The table is a symbol of our hospitality with Christ as our example. When we partake, we are asked to examine ourselves, to make our confession, and to commit to a deeper form of our spiritual journey.
- We believe in the ministry of all believers. While there are ministers on the staff, each member and participant of the church is gifted in many ways; each is a minister of the church. We seek to use our gifts together, as the body of Christ.
- We believe in the love of unity. Recognized or not, we are in relation to one another. "Unity is our polar star" has been a theme of the Disciples. We believe that we are to work together as denominations to be the witnesses of Christ.
- We believe in the justice of God. We are called to love and serve all of God's people. We serve the marginalized and distressed in our community and around the world.