Elmwood Church of Christ

Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known Lafayette,
Elmwood Church of Christ

Who We Are

The Christians of the Elmwood Church of Christ are committed to knowing Christ and making Christ known. Striving to bring both their personal and their church lives under the control of God, they try to follow Christ faithfully and submit their lives to the control of the Holy Spirit.

To the question, “Just what do you believe?“ we respond, “We believe the Bible.” Of course, almost every church in Lafayette would say the same thing. To be a little more specific:

We believe there is one God, creator of all. This God has been revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How these are three, yet one, is a great mystery.

We believe that the Bible is a unique revelation of God to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God. We consider it the supreme and final authority on all matters relating to our relationship with God and other people.

We believe that Jesus Christ was born of Mary, a virgin from Nazareth. He lived a sinless life, willingly took on himself all our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is presently at the right hand of God interceding for those who believe in Him. One day He will return to call the faithful to himself and consummate history.

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He indwells all believers, empowering them to lead Christ-like lives. He also gives each believer spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and minister to a lost and needy world.

We believe that all people, left to themselves, are without God and without hope. God, however, grants salvation and eternal life to all those who trust in Jesus Christ. Salvation cannot be earned through human effort, sincere remorse, or personal sacrifice. Rather, it is the free gift of God that must be received through faith, repentance, and baptism into Christ. Forgiveness is a divine work.

We believe that all Christians are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national, generational, and gender lines.

We believe that the local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to reach those outside Christ and walk beside them as together they grow into fully devoted followers of Christ.

We believe that baptized believers are invited by God into a life of discipleship that looks to Jesus Christ as the perfect guide and model. As we grow in Christ we become less attracted to destructive ways that once appealed to us, and more attracted to God’s ways and God’s principles. Worship, Bible reading, prayer, and service to others are increasingly important to us both individually and as a church.

About Us

Casual, Down to Earth, Friendly, Inclusive, Multigenerational, Young, Young families, Lots of kids

Community Service, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry

Traditional Hymns, Contemporary

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Plan Your Visit



2501 Elmwood Avenue

(765) 447-2874


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Our Services

What are services like?
Both of our Sunday morning services are the same and feature a time of A Capella worship through song (both old and new songs), taking time to commune together around the Lord's table, and a message from scripture that is both spiritually challenging and practically applicable. During our 10:45 service, we have Children's Church and Pre-School worship on most Sundays for kids from age 3 to grade 5. You're welcome to come as you are. On any given Sunday you'll see people who've just finished shift work in jeans and work shirts and others in three-piece suits and their "Sunday best." We're all comfortable together as a family.

What is the community like?
Our community is varied. We have several generations in our congregation, all of whom interact and mix with the others. We have people who are out of work, people who are over-worked, Purdue professors, and everyone in between. We don't all agree on everything at Elmwood, but you'll find that our congregation is a very safe place for discussions about those areas in which we don't agree to take place and, when it comes down to it, we unite over the things we have in common - most importantly the blood, love, and grace of Christ - and put our differences aside. There are several different ministries at Elmwood - inwardly-focused ministries that draw our Elmwood family closer together and outwardly-focused ministries that seek to live out our vision statement of "Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known." Our ConneXions Ministry exists to help match up your passions and Spirit-given gifts with needs and niches in our Elmwood family, our community, and our world.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You're welcome here! Elmwood is a safe place to ask questions. You can get to know people who have chosen to follow Christ and ask them why they've made that choice. We're happy to get to know you and your story and share ours with you.

Leadership View all


Phil Travis
Youth and Family Minister

Phil Travis began working with Elmwood as our Youth Ministry Intern in the summer of 2006. He graduated from Rochester College with a Bachelors degree in Youth and Family Ministry and joined our staff as an Associate Minister in May 2007. He became the Campus Minister at Elmwood in May of 2008 and transitioned to our Youth and Family Minister in July of 2013. Phil has a passion for encouraging students to explore their faith and establish their own beliefs. He believes that youth and family ministry should be relational, educational, and missional. He is married to his best friend, Katy, and together they have one son, Joel, and two daughters, Millie and Alice. He enjoys watching soccer, playing video games, reading, working on computers and has recently taken an interest in golf. Click here to contact Phil.

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