The History of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
Church: (317) 271-9103 | School: (317) 271-9100
The Church Staff
Roger D. Eden was installed as Mission Developer in October
1971 and served as first pastor until December 1973. The first
worship services were held in January, 1974 in a permanent
facility at 9101 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN.
Gary Dworak served as second pastor from March 1974 -
January, 1984. On August 29, 1983 Our Shepherd Lutheran
Preschool began and has been in operation ever since.
Carl D. Cloeter served as third pastor from June, 1984 - February,
1999. Scott Rauch was installed as the first Director of Christian
Education in June, 1986 and served until November, 1998. New
education facilities were added and dedicated in August, 1987.
In 1998 the music program came under the direction of Mrs.
In August of 1999 Pastor Ronald May was installed as Our
Shepherd's fourth Pastor. A month earlier, Marty Hasz was
installed as the new Director of Christian Education. In August of
2002 Pastor Aaron Rosenau, a recent graduate of Concordia
Seminary - St. Louis, was installed as Our Shepherd's first
By 2008, Aaron Rosenau, and Marty Hasz were both called to
new ministries. In June of 2008, Pastor Phil Ridgon was called as
the congregations Associate Pastor. That same month the
congregation received Dan Hampton, a DCE Intern from
Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. After serving as a full
time Intern for 1 year, the congregation voted to extend a call to
Dan who become their third Director of Christian Education in
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church came into existence as an offshoot
of Grace Lutheran Church on Lynhurst Drive. The congregation was
first organized as "Westside Lutheran Mission" and held its first
service at an elementary school on April 18, 1971. There were 158
charter members, with 125 communicants.
Since the very beginning of its existence Our Shepherd Lutheran
Church has offered a Sunday School and full Christian Education
program including: Vacation Bible School, confirmation classes,
midweek Bible studies and retreats.
A music program has also been a part of the church from the
beginning. There has been an adult choir since 1971. Other music
groups have been added through the years including: a junior
choir, two hand bell choirs and various ensembles and quartets.
In November of 2001 the congregation purchased 25 acres of
property located 1.5 miles west of our present site on Tenth Street.
After prayful consideration the congregation voted to sell this
property and purchase another 40 acre property ¾ of a mile
further west on County Road 100 North in Avon, IN.
Construction began on a new worship facility in July 2008. A year
and a half later in January 2010 the facility at 9101 W. 10th Street
was decommissioned as the Church and School and moved to the
new location. Dedication of the new facility at 9201 E. CR 100N,
Avon, IN took place on February 7, 2010.
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church presently has a baptized
membership of 1,154 members and a communicant membership of
847. It is a congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
Home > About Us > History
Copyright © 2011 Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School | 9201 East County Road 100 North Avon, IN 46123 - Serving Greater Indianapolis, IN | All Rights Reserved
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School
9201 East County Road 100 North | Avon, IN 46123