Horizon Christian Fellowship began in 1988 as a home Bible study consisting of five individuals under the leadership of Bill Goodrich. Horizon has a vision to WIN a person to Jesus Christ according to Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature”, DISCIPLE a person in Jesus Christ according to Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you,” and SEND a person for Jesus Christ according to Acts 1:8, “…and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” This threefold evangelistic approach has been strongly reflected in every area of Horizon’s ministries.
After arriving in Indianapolis in July of 1986, Bill and Vi began home Bible studies in the living room of their home. The Bible study quickly outgrew their living room and moved to a location on Haverstick Road in July of 1988. Growing in numbers to approximately 100 by July of 1991, this faithful group had an opportunity to rent and then purchase the present 98 acre campus on Indian Lake Road. Meeting in existing buildings on the south side of the property, it was soon evident that a new facility would be needed to meet the needs of this growing church. In March of 1996, after prayer and planning, building began in the wooded area of the campus where the current church building stands.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you.”
Since that time, Horizon has seen over 20 church plants birthed out of this fellowship within the United States and internationally. The Horizon Campus accommodates several outreach ministries: Camp Indy, a day camp which runs throughout the summer; Horizon Christian School offering an education for students in kindergarten through high school; Brickhouse Coffee Roasters, 91.3FM, The WALK and Calvary Chapel Bible College.
In keeping with the vision of winning to Christ, discipling in Christ, and sending out for Christ, Bill founded Horizon International Missions, the international arm of Horizon. Horizon International is a team of dedicated men and women working together to spread the Gospel throughout the world by means of crusades, relief work, street evangelism, sports and more.
As we look to the future and endeavor to follow the Lord’s command, we are ever mindful of the great responsibility the Lord has given us as overseers of this property and facilities of Horizon Christian Fellowship and the great privilege to serve young and old alike to the Glory of Jesus Christ.