Bill came to know the Lord as a freshman at the University of Michigan in 1980. He then finished his college studies at Michigan State University, where he joined up with a Great Commission Church on campus. After graduating in 1984, Bill and a team of people from MSU went back to plant a church at the University of Michigan. He then moved to Muncie, where he helped reenergize a church at Ball State University. Bill was ordained a pastor in the Great Commission Churches in 1987. In 1989, Bill married Belinda, and in the same year moved to join up with Eagle Creek Community Church in Indianapolis. Bill and Belinda live on the west side of Indianapolis, where they have raised their four children, David, Sam, Lauren and Joe. While pastoring at ECCC, Bill also holds a full time position as Sales and Engineering Manager for Kauffman Engineering in Lebanon, IN.
Ray accepted Christ while entering graduate school in 1979. It was at that time he became involved with Great Commission Churches. He completed a MS degree in 1981 in Industrial Psychology at Emporia State University. He moved from Kansas to Indiana immediately after graduation to help establish a ministry on the IU campus in Bloomington. In 1985 Ray moved to Louisville, KY for one year to help establish a campus ministry. In 1986 he then moved to Indianapolis to help establish a new church on the west side. He worked in management for 23 years. Ray was ordained as a pastor in January 2004. In the fall of 2008 he worked with a few college students from ECCC to establish The Rock, a campus ministry at IUPUI. He began pastoring full time in August of 2009. Ray is married to Kelly, his wife of over 29 years, and they have four daughters, a son-in-law and two grandchildren. When Ray is not working he loves to camp and hike with his family and friends and play disc golf.
After growing up in beautiful New England, Scott came into a relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of 21, while working a summer job in the majestic Rocky Mountains in Colorado. He became involved with Great Commission Churches while attending Indiana University, where he graduated with a BS degree in 1984. While working full time as a business marketing consultant over the last three decades, Scott has served in various church leadership roles in Indiana and Illinois. In more recent years, Scott served at Eagle Creek Community Church as the worship ministry team leader. Additionally, he was part of the team that spear-headed a student ministry on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis in 2008. Scott has a special passion for evangelism and equipping people to share their faith. He was ordained as a pastor in Great Commission Churches in May of 2012. Scott is married to Tina, his former college ministry teammate. Together they have raised four children: Daniel, Jennifer, Will, Debra, who all currently live in central Indiana. He enjoys sports and outdoor recreation such as camping and hiking.
With great sadness, we want to let you know that Pastor Van Birrer passed away this past December. Van had been battling cancer for several years. Van exhibited amazing peace and faith during his battle with cancer. Van knew without a shadow of doubt his eternal destiny because of what Jesus accomplished for him at the cross. Please pray for Van's wife Penny and their children during this time of loss.
If you wish to make a memorial contribution there are 2 funds that have been established in Van's memory for causes that he loved and was passionate about:
1) Brownsburg Kiwanis Club Van Birrer Scholarship Fund
PO Box 41 Brownsburg, IN 46112
please make checks payable to Brownsburg Kiwanis and indicate the
Van Birrer scholarship fund in the memo
2) Van Birrer Memorial Missions Fund At Eagle Creek Community Church
5943 N Lafayette Road Indianapolis, IN 46254
please make checks payable to Eagle Creek Community Church and
indicate Van Birrer Memorial Fund in memo.