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Garfield Park



1061 E. Southern Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
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Reflections on Walking with Christ

February 15th,

Lately as we have watched snowstorms make their way across the United States, we are accustomed to hearing the weathercaster say, “We’re tracking this next system…” Last fall as journalists covered local and national elections, we were accustomed to them saying, “The latest tracking polls indicate candidate “Whomever” gaining ground…” If you order anything online, you are told you can go to the website and track your order; even to the point of knowing its delivery within an hour’s timeframe.

Tracking has become part of our lives. I wonder if Paul wasn’t encouraging the earliest followers of Jesus to do some tracking. Ephesians 1:17-19 (CEB), “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers…” Paul having affirmed their faith immediately prays they would see HOPE in their lives; specifically, the hope of God’s richness for them. In other words, Paul wanted them to notice where hope abounded in their lives. He wanted them to track it, pay attention to it, claim it, and thereby know the awesome wonder of God’s glorious richness for them!

As we enter the Lenten season on February 17, I invite you to track hope by creating a Lenten HOPE Journal. Everyday in Lent, take time to notice where you recognize hope. Perhaps you notice it in the kind words or gesture of a friend. Maybe you see hope for your life and for the future in scientific developments that save lives. Hope can be found in the beauty of a red cardinal perched on a snowy branch or in the first tip of a crocus as it arises from a winter’s nap. Hope- is all around when we notice it, for our God has not abandoned us but is with us as our God of hope!

So, have some fun during Lent’s 40 days! Each day write, draw, cut out magazine pictures or find a quote that captures the essence of how you recognized HOPE that day! What a gift that God is made known to us, dear friends! What a blessing that we have the richness of God’s glorious inheritance-we have HOPE! Keep track and let’s share what we discover for HOPE is: Hearts Open, Purposefully and Enthusiastically engaging God’s Spirit in everything!

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 Pastors

Co-Interim Pastors
Judy Fackenthal
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

Co-Interim Pastor Judy Fackenthal

Hi! I’m Pastor Judy and I’m grateful you’ve chosen to explore our website. It’s my hope you’ll find Garfield Park Baptist Church a place you would want to call ‘home’.

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.

Here at Garfield we find our purpose through God’s love for us and through Jesus.

Please visit us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for worship, followed by fellowship time and Sunday School for all ages!

Blessings and peace in the name of Christ,
Pastor Judy Fackenthal

Co-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.