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Proclaim God’s Truth

01. August 2011

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Southside RPC

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Presbytery: Great Lakes-Gulf
Organized: Jan. 12, 1979
Membership: 149 communicant, 55 baptized
Pastors: Gordon Keddie, senior pastor; David Whitla, associate pastor
Website: http://www.southsiderpc.org

In 1975-76, a dedicated core of couples and singles relocated to Southside Indianapolis, intending to plant a daughter congregation of Second RPC, the “Northside” church. Month after month, “mother” and “daughter” labored side-by-side, canvassing neighborhoods to invite people to a variety of Southside Bible studies. Then more families and individuals elected to move to Southside, and eventually worship services began in the home of one of the founding families.

The church was formally organized on Jan. 12, 1979, with 24 adults and 18 children. In September of that year, Pastor Keith Magill began his ministry there and served for 23 years. In 1982, the church purchased a family residence on a large corner lot for its new worship site, renovating and adding to it until its completion as a 375-seat sanctuary in 2008. In 2004, Gordon Keddie became the church’s second pastor, with David Whitla joining the staff as associate pastor in 2008.

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