Our History

Federated Church began in 1948 when the recently formed West Lafayette Christian Church “federated” with the West Lafayette Baptist Church to offer a stronger witness in West Lafayette.  Originally meeting in the renamed West Lafayette Baptist Church, and despite renovations during the 1950’s, the facility was quickly outgrown.  A new building was completed in 1963 and expanded in 1975 at our present location – 2400 Sycamore Lane.  

Listen here to the audio made when Federated celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998 where several living charter members of Federated’s 1948 beginnings were interviewed. This audio is a delightful walk down memory lane and a testament to the faith and perseverance of those who believe anything could be done in the Lord’s name.

Today, the congregation continues its service to the greater Lafayette area and maintains it original affiliations with the Disciples of Christ and the American Baptists.

Those Who Have Served

The church has had several ministers from American Baptist and Disciples of Christ denominations over the years. Federated Church has found ways to share traditions from both denominations such as believer’s baptism and open communion. Federated Church will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2023.

Ministers of Federated Church:

Rev. L. Doyle Mullen: 1948 – 1959

Rev. Francis W. Trimmer: 1959 – 1973

Rev. Gary L. Reif: 1974 – 1988

Rev. Brian A. Nelson: 1989 – 2000

Rev. David C. Mills: 2001 – 2011

Rev. John G. Williams: 2012 – 2020

Rev. Dusty M. Cowell: 2021 – present