Taylor to Acquire Former Upland United Methodist Church Facility

By James R. Garringer, Director of Media Relations Published: Nov 01, 2017

The current Upland United Methodist Church building

Taylor University and the Upland United Methodist Church have announced an agreement regarding the future of the existing historic Upland United Methodist Church building and property at 123 E. Washington St. once the congregation completes its move to the former Pierce factory on Upland’s northwest side.

According to Upland UMC Senior Pastor Rob Neel and Taylor University Special Assistant to the President Ron Sutherland, Taylor will receive the 114 year old church building and property for $1.00. “Taylor University is excited to partner with the Upland Methodist Church to find creative ways to use this historic space for the benefit of the Town and the University,” Taylor University President Lowell Haines said.

The Upland UMC congregation’s new home will be the former Pierce Governor Factory on 8th St. According to Neel, the new home for the congregation will cover nearly 160,000 square feet, a more than ten-fold increase over the current 13,700 square feet in the existing building.

"This is an exciting time for Upland United Methodist Church and its ongoing ministry partnership with Taylor University as we work together to impact our community for God's kingdom,” said Upland UMC Senior Pastor Rob Neel. “We are looking forward to the new and dynamic changes taking place in Upland Ind."

The church building was constructed in 1903 with an addition in 1965. Sutherland said the needed renovations of the space will be contingent on identifying the final purposes for the space and then identifying funding sources. 

He added that Taylor officials have been considering a number of possible future uses of the building and are also seeking ideas from the Upland community, Taylor faculty, staff, and other stakeholders before making a final decision. 

Sutherland invited those with ideas for use of the church building to contact him at rnsutherl@taylor.edu, and/or at 765-998-5118.