Welcome to East Main Street Christian Church

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Church Picture Directory

Here, you can find pictures of all of our church family. You can submit your own picture or notify us of corrections at music@emscchurch.org.

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Our Official App

With the official EMSCCHURCH app, you can keep up with events, give online (one-time or recurring), have mobile access to sermons, real-time updates and more. Download for free!


Online Sermons

Each week, we record our sermons and upload them to be available for all. Explore with us as we dive into topics and lift up God–even if you can’t make it one Sunday.


Digital Bulletin

Want to remember that songs we sang on Sunday? Look here to interact in real-time with our service. Also available via our app.


about us.

East Main St. Christian Church was organized in 1852 under the leadership of a circuit-pastor named Dr. Silas Blount. The church had 18 charter members and met in a barn belonging to William Harmon. In 1854, a “meeting house” was constructed on the east bank of Big Duck Creek. In 1893, the church employed the first resident minister, George W. Alford, and the church grew to a membership of 240. This explosive growth led to the construction of a new church building in 1899 located on the corner of 18th and Main Streets, which is still in use today. Since then the building has been expanded three times – an annex was added onto the sanctuary in 1914, the education building in 1956, and most recently the new addition in 2008. For 166 years, God has blessed the church with faithful people, strong leadership, and a desire to be a living witness for Christ in the world. We celebrate our heritage while looking forward to a future filled with hope and promise. We exist to bring people higher in Christ through worship, deeper in faith through study, and wider in love through mission and service.


Our focus.

The purpose of our existence.
Higher in Christ

Higher in Christ through worship

Deeper in Faith

Deeper in Faith through study

Wider in Love

Wider in Love through missions and service


Church staff

Our Pastoral and Administrative Staff
Roger Gardner

Senior Pastor

Roger has been the senior pastor at East Main for 26 years! He loves chocolate, but has an even deeper love for the Lord.

Raphael Starr

Associate Pastor/ Music Director

Raphael handles the music, band, choir, social media, and tech side of things.  Pray for him and his many hats!

Greg Boyland

Youth and Young Adult Pastor

I am 32 years old and married (Caitlin) with a four-year-old (Isabelle) little girl. I have recently graduated from Wesley Seminary with my Masters in Divinity.

Marcy Fry

Wedding Coordinator

Marcy is an incredibly organized wedding coordinator. She is very active in the community inside the church and out.

Cathy Cannon

Administrative Assistant (Priceless Treasure)

Cathy has been the office coordinator for the church for over 25 years. When I asked her about her job she said, “It’s the best job ever!”

Connections: Upcoming Events

Connection Central is Up!

At the beginning of the year, Pastor Roger had a vision. That vision is finally realized! This is where all sign-ups and information will be. If you're interested in signing up to help, you can find the Vomo link below (red circle) or by clicking the picture.

August Mission

Youth Serving Christ is based in Anderson. Their focus is on young people, High School and Middle School life, and Juvenile Justice.

Calling for Connectors

We're looking for smiling faces to staff Connection Central. They answer questions, provide direction, and make the connections that are best suited to meet the guest's needs.

Elwood Community VBS

Join us this October as we go to Athens! Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire your kids to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love today!

Introducing Flocknote

You may get weather alerts, daily scripture alerts, or even daily joke alerts. Now, you can get text alerts from our church. Click the circle below or text Psalm118 to 84576 to sign up.


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Do you Vomo?

We should always be looking at ways to further God's kingdom by using the gifts he has given us. Here's where to find opporunities you may not know are out there!

Strengthening Families Fall 2019

This fantastic free family program is coming up and taking family enrollments. See flyer for more details.

More Events

To Come


Our Services

You can get greater detail of the services at our services page.


(Suspended) Casual

8:30 a.m.

**This service is currently Suspended** In the Sanctuary



9:30 a.m.

In the Big room



11 a.m. 

In the Sanctuary


Youth Group

5 p.m.

At the Cave

East Main On Social Media

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Latest News

Staying informed

Keep up to date

Here you can find some detail on upcoming events, commentaries on past experiences, and answers to questions submitted to the staff. You can see even more by following us on Facebook. A full list of posts can be found here.

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2019 Elwood Community Vacation Bible School
Join us this October as we go to Athens! Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire your…
We celebrate the Sunday closest to July 4th as “FREEDOM SUNDAY.” Freedom means different things to different people. Some seek the freedom to do whatever they want, whenever they want, however…
VOMO and Emscchurch
We have a very exciting announcement to make, our staff has been talking with a lot of you recently, and we’ve been incredibly encouraged. We’re convinced we have a church full…
The Peyton Sisters Return
Get ready!  The Peyton Sisters are returning for another worship service on July 22, 2018.  They will be doing another full hour with us starting at 11:00 a.m. One of the…
Last Memorial Weekend Barbee Campout
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CAMPOUT May 25-28 BARBEE CHRISTIAN CAMP 27 EMS B2 Ln, Leesburg, IN  46538 I am sad to say that this is our final campout at Barbee Christian Camp…
East Main and the Dominican Republic
Jan 27, 2018, Trish Carmer, Kevin Antrim and myself Don Watson headed off to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip at a school run by Freedom International. This trip was the…

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1801 Main Street, Elwood IN 46036

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