I served as minister of English Christian Church from from 1972 into 1977. During that time, the church conducted a building program that resulted in tearing down the 88-year-old frame structure and replacing it with a new 5,000 square foot brick and frame building with all facilities on one level. Dedication of the new building took place in September of 1975. The great flood of '79 was a little less than four years away.
In the course of the planning, the church leadership did consider purchasing a seven acre parcel of land on high ground on east SR 64, near the current location of Denbo Funeral Home. Out of concern for several members who lived in walking distance of the downtown site, that property was not bought and English Christian remained near the north end of Water Street. By way of 20/20 hindsight, one might envision English Christian Church as a haven, resource and anchor in that time of great calamity. Instead, it too was a victim. On the other hand, one may observe that these developments served as a launching pad for Crawford County's quite successful Hillview Christian Church, between English and Marengo. It's amazing to consider how the Lord uses events! And now, my wife and I are involved in serving South Side Christian Church in Munster, Indiana, which was inundated by flash flooding in September of 2008, caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ike. September 12th will be the one-year anniversary of that calamity, and we still are worshipping in an alternate location while attempting to complete repairs to our facilities. We agree - FLOODS ARE NO FUN! Mike Gillespie, Senior Minister South Side Christian Church Munster, Indiana