Former church building now a youth center

A former church building in South Whitley is now known as the Schultz Ministry Center. It is located on Mulberry Street, just off State Street (State Road 5). This was originally the South Whitley Church of the Brethren. A congregation formed in 1913 and met on the second floor of a nearby building. Then in 1920 the mission board purchased the property for a church building. Work on the new building began in 1922 and it was completed and dedicated in December 1923. Otho Winger preached the dedicatory sermon. For about nine years, the church went without a full-time pastor until the Rev. Mark Cripe was hired in 1932. In 2001 the nearby First Baptist Church of South Whitley purchased the old church building after it no longer served as a church. Now it is a Whitko Youth Center in partnership with the Whitley County Community Foundation and the Whitley County Family YMCA. They also work with the school system. I’m not sure when it ceased being an active church but obviously it was at least 2001, if not earlier. Thanks to the South Whitley Public Library for providing this information.


Former South Whitley Church of the Brethren.


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My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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