ANDERSON, Ind. —
“We’re a church for all people. Everybody’s welcome,” said Pastor Rick. The Craigs shepherded the Old Country Full Gospel Church in Pendleton for the last six years. They founded the church in 2007 after leaving Center Chapel Church in Middletown, where Rick pastored for a stint. They have a small, dedicated congregation, but in seeking to grow the church, a move to Anderson made sense.
“I feel like we were supposed to be here in Anderson,” said Pastor Rick. In the process, the church name was tweaked, dropping the words ‘old country,’ to be more encompassing to all generations, races and walks of life.“The vision is to see people turn to the Lord,” Pastor Rick said. “We want to try to reach out.”
Part of that reaching out will include appealing to the younger generations, and establishing a food pantry. “We just have a desire to help,” said Lauren. The church’s new location used to be known as Petticoat Junction, but has been empty for about four years. People have been peeking in lately to see what’s happening at the spot. “They’re glad to see there’s a church in here,” said Lauren.“We’ve still got a lot to do,” said Pastor Rick.
Clearly, though, they’re quickly settling in, and anxious to put their space to good use. Pews are set up in the comfortable sanctuary area. They plan to use one of their rooms for fellowship and as a classroom. “It feels kind of like home,” said Lauren. She noted they still need a small freezer and electric stove.