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Welcome to Hillcrest!

 

If you are looking for a place where authentic spiritual community brings meaning to everyday life, a place to start again, or you are seeking to reconnect with God, then please check us out!

We invite you to visit the Gathering Place and enjoy a cup of coffee and fellowship.

Please ask any of the greeters if you need to know where the nursery or classes are located. Thank you for planning to come to Hillcrest!

Hillcrest is in the heart of the Hoosier Hills. Located in beautiful, Bedford, Indiana, Hillcrest makes a great church for those looking to move to the Bedford/Lawrence County, Indiana area. Lawrence County has a rich and storied history in being the epi-center for limestone production in the world. With its many state and local parks and a beautiful environmental setting, it is evident that Bedford is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

We are a Church Who Believes:

  • Everybody is Welcome
  • Nobody is Perfect
  • Anything is Possible

If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.

Service Times

Sunday Morning

  • 8:15 am – Traditional Worship Service (Hymns with Piano and Organ) (No childcare available)
  • 9:30 am – Contemporary Worship Service (Worship Band) - (Nursery - Grade 12)
  • 9:30 am – Connection Classes (Nursery - Adults)
  • 11:00 am – Contemporary Worship Service (Worship Band) - (Nursery, Kid's Church & Wee Church)
  • 6:00 pm – Evening Worship (Traditional Service) (No childcare available)

Wednesday Evening

  • 5:45 pm – Fellowship Meal
  • 6:30 pm – Children’s/Youth Classes
  • 7:00 pm – Adult Classes

Mission/Vision/Values/History

OUR MISSION

To follow Jesus from Here to Heaven, and take as many people with us as we possibly can.

OUR VISION

To be a fully functioning biblical community by worshipping God and connecting others to Him.

OUR CORE VALUES

Our priority list begins with Glorifying God, Following Jesus, and showing the Love of Christ to others.

OUR HISTORY

1966 … bell bottom blue jeans and the Beatles. Spiritual upheaval and political unrest. Civil uprisings and civil rights. And in the midst of these tumultuous times, in a basement in Bedford, Indiana, several Christians gathered to start something good. They gathered to create a new arm of the Lord’s church, a new church in the city. Early organizational meetings were held with the support and encouragement of the Limestone Christian Ministers’ Fellowship. Weekly meetings for information and fellowship soon began in the basement of the Ralph Stultz family home. The church was planted. In the summer of 1966, John Gillum and family were called to minister to the small growing congregation. After weeks of calling and preparation, a crusade led by the Vernon Brothers in the high school auditorium gave birth to the Hillcrest Christian Church. Hillcrest officially began on October 16, 1966 with 36 members and grew to 54 charter members by year’s end. On August 22, 1966 ground was broken for the parsonage and was completed in January of 1967. The basement was used for worship assembly, and later the upstairs was used as Sunday School classes.

As the church grew, so did the facilities. First, an addition to the parsonage, then the beginnings of the present building. The auditorium and the southwest hallway classrooms were built in 1970-71. A fellowship hall, and classrooms in the basement, which are now the foyer and Children’s Ministry Area, were added in 1981. Then the north classroom space, Teen Room and Family Life Center were added in 1984-85. Through the years several remodeling jobs have been completed which includes the Foyer remodel in 2013.

50 years:

  • Hundreds of new Christians
  • 6 building additions
  • 7 different Senior Ministers
  • 4 different Youth Ministers
  • 2 Associate Ministers
  • 1 Pastoral Care Minister
  • 3 Worship Ministers
  • 3 Children’s Ministers

This congregation has seen many things in it existence. There have been tough times. And there have been many good times. And many of you share in a part of this rich heritage. Lord, may we your church see many great times ahead; may we see hundreds more people come to know Jesus; and in the tough times, may we always look to You for guidance, love and care.