Meet the Pastor
I have lived in Indianapolis most of my life. I was raised in a Christian home and attended a solid faith based church in our neighborhood. The little church we attended was a southern baptist church named Trinity Baptist Church. I received Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord when I was 32 years old, but I became a member of Trinity church when I was thirteen, but wasn't really led by the Holy Spirit to except Jesus until I was thirty two years of age. My wife Carol also has been in Indianapolis most of her life and was raised in a Christian home as well. Carol and I have been married 37 wonderful years and we have four children and four grand children. Also we have been blessed with three great grand children.
I have held several positions in the church, where I was a member, and started a nursing home ministry, with my wife when I was thirty four (1983). I wasn't ordained to pastor a church until I took my first church as a pastor in 1995. In my early Christian life, while a member of Trinity, I and my wife, started a small singing group, where we went around to small churches and helped them with home comings and Saturday evening sings. Carol, plays the piano and organ and was and still is a great help to our ministry. I have a certificate of graduation from Boyce Bible College, a two year off campus studies program, received in 1992. Since then I have taken several bible training courses. I have also completed several training courses, over the past eight years from the Federation of Fire Chaplains to acquired the position as one of Indiana's Fire Chaplains.
When I was called to pastor my first church, pastor Esau Huff, my old retired pastor of Trinity, who lived in Somerset Ky, at that time, led my ordination service. He told me to always love the people, because God calls pastors to Shepherd the
Rev. Carl W. Coffey, Sr.
congregation and teach the brethren with a compassionate heart. I believe God wants our church life to be centered on active discipleship, missions, and the pursuit of unity. The church that I now pastor, Open Door Fellowship, is a wonderful congregation of baptized believers. And I plan to preach and teach the Word of God for as long as God permits.
I claim Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”