ABOUT MAPLE CITY CHAPEL
Maple City Chapel is an evangelical, interdenominational church with anabaptist roots that welcomes people from a variety of beliefs and backgrounds. Our worship is contemporary and energizing. Our teaching is bible-based, Christ-centered, and life-giving. Our atmosphere is warm, accepting and casual. We invite you to join us as we connect with each other, connect with God and change the world!
OUR MISSION IS TO BE AN ARMY OF MATURE CHRIST-FOLLOWERS IMPACTING THE WORLD FOR CHRIST
In 1971, Pastor Mel Shetler started Teen Haven, a youth center on Washington Street in downtown Goshen, Indiana (currently Wellington & Weddell Eye Care). As the youth center grew, a church was established to disciple the young people who became followers of Christ. The first service was held on September 5, 1971.
The city of Goshen is known as the “Maple City” because of its beautiful, maple tree-lined streets. In July 1974 the name Maple City Chapel was chosen to reflect the church’s location in the heart of the city of Goshen.
GROWTH AND EXPANSION
In 1982 the church purchased the former Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church at 423 East Jefferson Street. Over the next 20 years, the church experienced steady growth.
Through a variety of miraculous circumstances, Maple City Chapel purchased the former Wal-Mart/Hollywood Connection building on the southeast side of Goshen. After some minor renovations, the church opened its doors to the community in its new location on July 27, 2003.
A NEW SEASON
In October 2011, after 40 years of leadership, Pastor Mel Shetler transitioned out of the role of senior pastor, and his son, Dr. Jay Shetler, was installed as the new lead pastor. While much has changed over the years, the church’s mission remains constant: to be an army of mature Christ-followers impacting the world for Christ.
The church began a 3-year capital campaign in 2016 called Operation Next: Extending Our Reach to the Next Generation. The amazingly generous response from the church has allowed us to make critical facility improvements, resulting in increased ministry opportunities and greater community impact. It has been exciting to see God repurpose this building to further His kingdom purposes!
Maple City Chapel has a thriving children’s ministry on Sunday mornings and student ministry on Wednesday evenings. Through small groups and various outreach opportunities, Maple City Chapel offers a place for connection, service and spiritual growth. We invite you to join us on this journey of deepening faith and purposeful living.
We Are A Healing Community For Broken People
We Ooze With Grace, Warmth, And Acceptance
We Care More About Who We Are Becoming Than What Other People Think
We Are Spiritual Contributors, Not Spiritual Consumers
We Love To Serve And Sacrifice For Christ And His Church
We Laugh Often And Celebrate Joyfully
We Are Faith-filled, Big Thinking, Bet-the-farm Risk Takers
We Actively Nurture Our Faith And The Faith Of The Next Generation
We Always Bring Our Best; Excellence Honors God And Inspires People
We Are A Team And Everyone’s Role Is Important
"God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God."