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Garfield Park



1061 E. Southern Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
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Time: 6:30 PM Wednesday

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The Garfield Park Baptist Church is alive and well, BUT WE HAVE SOLD OUR BUILDING!!!

We have leased office and meeting space for our use at 2920 Shelby Street. We will still use our old phone number, but we do have a new mailing address as follows:
Garfield Park Baptist Church
P.O. Box 33009
Indianapolis, IN 46203

For the near future we will continue to meet for worship on Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom and in the Conference Room of the "old" building. We plan to keep worshiping in that space until we find a larger one.

Welcome to Garfield Park Baptist Church! Thank you for visiting our website! We are an urban church that welcomes all! Come check us out; bring your questions, doubts, certainties and open hearts and minds! We’ll talk and ponder together!

Wondering what to expect when you visit our church?

When you worship at Garfield Park Baptist, you’ll find a vibrant group of people diverse in education and income levels, theological perspectives, and age -yet united by God’s love! Our worship gatherings at 9:30 a.m. contain both traditional and praise music, prayers, Bible readings, thoughts for personal reflection, and preaching.

We are an American Baptist church, called by God, to create a community that works together to empower people to be the best version of themselves they can be and that God wants them to be. We seek to bring God’s light to the park through compassion, prayer, and living into our God-given purpose.

Please take a moment to browse our website and discover who we are! You will learn about our worship, spiritual growth opportunities, and ministries such as food pantry, community meal, Youth group, choir, game night, and various small group options.

When, Where, Who

"Where lives are transformed by love"

Service Times

Sunday Worship @ 9:30am
Sunday School @ 10:45am
Sunday Youth Group @ 5:30pm
Wednesday @ 6:30pm


Garfield Park Baptist Church
1061 E. Southern Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
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Our Pastor

Our Interim Pastor
Dr. Mark W. Hetrick

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We believe

Yet, certain things remain true for us:

About Us
Garfield Park Baptist Church formed in 1913 on Indianapolis' near Southside. Like all churches, we’ve experienced many changes, significant ups and downs.

  • We are an American Baptist church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. (ABCUSA)
  • Locally we connect with the American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis (ABCGI)
  • We understand the Church to be a community of ordinary people called by God, to celebrate the Good News of God's reconciling grace through Christ to all people; to practice justice; to love others; and to walk humbly with God
  • Our core values are: acceptance, compassion, family/friendship, perseverance and spiritual growth
  • For us, the Bible is our primary way to know about God
  • The core of our Christian life is to worship God as the Body of Christ, to deepen spiritually, and to actively care about all of God’s world by making a difference one person, one conversation, one listening moment at a time
  • We practice and affirm Believer's Baptism
  • We partner with several other opportunities: NA, AA, the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association and Iglesia Cristiana Connect-Zion

Prayer Ministry

Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Food Ministries

Serving Opportunities

Sermon Media


Faith Resources

Our Schedule

Sunday: Worship 9:30am
Sunday: Sunday School 10:45am
Sunday: Youth Group 5:30pm
Wednesday: Bible Study 6:30pm
2nd & 4th Thursday: Food Pantry 6-8:00pm
2nd Saturday: Men's Breakfast 7:30am
4th Saturday: Community Meal 2:00pm

Interim Pastor Mark W. Hetrick

Rev. Dr. Mark W. Hetrick has been American Baptist pastor for the past 44 years, serving churches in Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Indiana. For the last 21 of those years he has specialized in transitional minister. He finished his seventeenth transitional pastorate at the First Baptist Church of Greencastle on Dec. 31, 2020.

The people here are among the most caring, supportive, and gracious people you will meet. We welcome everyone, knowing we all are on a life journey seeking meaning and purpose.

From 2006-11 Dr. Hetrick served as Director of Advancement for the Baptist Student Foundation campus ministry at Purdue. From 1999-2006, he was Visiting Professor of Homiletics at Moscow Theological Seminary (Baptist) in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Hetrick has written 15 quarters of adult curriculum for the Judson Bible Series (Journeys) adult of the American Baptist Churches USA.

Dr. Hetrick and his wife, Dr. Karen Hetrick have lived in Greenwood for the past twenty-nine years. Karen is the Minister of Worship and Worship Arts for Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church in Greenwood. Their son, Dr. Kyle Hetrick, Ph.D. in Microbiology from Indiana University, is Associate Professor of Life Sciences at Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Indiana.