Welcome to Harbour Shores!

We hope and pray that you will find Harbour Shores to be a community where you can grow deep in your knowledge of and walk with Jesus Christ.

Items of interest

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In-person Worship service resumes this Sunday
Sunday, May 10th, we will resume in-person worship service. Below are the guidelines and recommendations for when we gather together.
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Staying connected with the local body
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Devotional Video

Something to start your day off in the right direction
Someone from the leadership team will take you a little deeper in a short 3-5 min. video from our most recent sermon
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What We Believe

Constitution

Official Church Constitution

After scripture, this is the document which we are most governed by as a church body.

Statment of Faith

What We Believe

This statement details the doctrinal issues which we agree to firmly hold to in the unity of the Spirit.

Beliefs & Practices

How we put it into practice

Detailing how we worship & serve together even in areas where we may differ.

Our Core Values

Below are the 6 core values which provide the spiritual direction and pattern of ministry at Harbour Shores. Click each core to learn more.

God’s Word, the Bible, must be recognized and upheld as the sole, authoritative foundation for the Church, which is the Body of Christ. The eternal, inerrant truth of Scripture magnifies God, establishes right belief, exposes sin, corrects error, and reveals the path of righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit. Through preaching, teaching, studying, and meditating on the Bible, we receive the Living Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12, II Timothy 3:16-17).
God’s Word is unchangeable. It is everlasting and is to be understood according to God’s original intent and is not subject to private or ever-changing cultural interpretation. It is absolute truth (I Peter 1:25; Psalm 19:7-9; Psalm 119).
When applied. God’s Word totally transforms our inner man through the renewing of our minds. It is the primary tool of the Holy Spirit for our sanctification, resulting in a sincere love for God and one another. The Word of God must be our exclusive foundation if we are to become spiritually strong and live lives that glorify God. Teaching that is centered on God’s Word is a primary catalyst for spiritual transformation in individual lives and the church. (John 17:17; I Corinthians 2:14-15; Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:22-23)

Worship is our passionate life priority – to give God the glory He demands and deserves. “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Worship is the humbling of the heart to acknowledge the greatness of God. It is both the ultimate duty and the source of ultimate joy for man. Scripture expresses the worship of God by His people both as a way of life and as a planned corporate experience. As a fellowship, we seek to foster worship as a manner of life. We who have experienced the unbelievable mercy of God in salvation are to see our lives as a “living sacrifice” that is to be presented to God as an act of worship. With grateful expressions of prayer and godly perspectives from the Word, we see all components of our lives as sacred, no matter how mundane.
As each individual life has experienced fellowship with and devotion to God, we gather regularly to multiply our expressions of praise that we may “with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, our corporate worship is an outworking of our individual worship. Worship, as a planned corporate experience, is the coming together of the people of God to express the ultimate value of and love for God. Both the Old and New Testaments bear out the fact that God wants His people to come together to worship Him corporately. We desire our worship to be God-centered, Christ-exalting, Scripture-directed, and Spirit-led worship that pleases God and transcends style or atmosphere. We are committed to lives of worship that are passionate and sincere, coming from thankful and obedient hearts.

Discipleship is the process of communicating spiritual truth from one believer to another, so as to grow spiritually as we mature together as followers of Jesus Christ. Scripture describes this as progressive sanctification. (2 Tim 2:2, Matt 28:18-20, Romans 6:12-19)
Discipleship is the process of applying truth to life, and it is only effective when we become obedient to that truth. Biblical discipleship fosters spiritual maturity. (Colossians 1:28). We as individuals are committed to participating in the lifelong discipleship process in our own lives. (Hebrews 5:11- 6:1) We desire to become doers of the Word, not just hearers of the Word. While discipleship occurs in formal teaching, it is most effective through relational mentoring and modeling. It is the responsibility of every believer to disciple other believers. We are committed to godly involvement in the lives of others that results in the building up of one another. (Eph. 4:11-13, Heb. 10:24-25)

Outreach is our passionate mission, both as individuals and as a community of believers, to joyfully join God’s plan to reach men and women of all people groups with the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Genesis 12:2-3; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Revelation 5:9).
(2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Acts 2:41; 4:18; Romans 10:15).
God is greatly glorified when His people show Christ-like mercy to those in need, whether they be widows, orphans, poor, sick, imprisoned or hurting (James 1:29; Luke 4:18-21; Matthew 25:34-40). Genuine compassion may be a point of connection for the Gospel. Extending mercy to those in need communicates the nature and love of God. However, because God is most glorified when individuals from all people groups become worshippers of God by faith in the Son of God, compassionate outreach must be accompanied by the message of the Gospel. (Romans 15:8-9; Revelation 5:9; Luke 4:18-21; Rom 15:8-9; James 2:14-17)
We believe that a pattern of outreach and missions was established and demonstrated by the early church, whereby they went out, proclaiming and making disciples, and establishing churches of new believers. Our outreach responsibility begins locally and extends globally. This pattern is God-originated, Christ-centered, and Spirit-empowered. It is our joyful responsibility, individually and corporately, to be equipped to share the Gospel as we nurture loving relationships with the lost, consistently identifying and demonstrating compassion for those in need. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 11:22 13:1; Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 1:8)

Fellowship is the collective responsibility of believers to share with one another the common pursuit of growing in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It implies a dependence upon God and connection with all believers in the church body, regardless of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Because all believers are in Christ, our fellowship with one another and with God is part of and is based upon the fellowship that exists between God the Father, Son and Spirit. (John 17)
Fellowship with God and one another is cultivated as we live the truth of God’s Word. This requires confessing sins and obeying God’s word. True fellowship includes loving one another, meeting one another’s needs, praying for and with one another, admonishing one another for the purpose of maintaining and restoring this precious fellowship, studying God’s Word together, encouraging one another, honoring one another, being patient with one another, grieving with one another in times of pain and loss, and rejoicing with one another in times of joy. We, the members of Christ’s body, are called to fellowship by utilizing the gifts of grace given to each individual. We recognize there are many gifts, all of which are important to the functioning of the body. We are expected to encourage each other to discover and use our gifts to help equip one another to do God’s work in the world and to build up Christ’s church. As we do this work together, the body will grow together in unity of faith and knowledge of Christ. We will truly represent Christ, in all His fullness, to the world.
(Heb 10:12, Romans 4:25, Matt 27:46, John 17:20-26, I John 3:16-18,1 John 4: 7-8, Matt 18:15-20,1 Thess 5:11,1 Cor 12:24-25,1 Thess 5:14, John 17:24, Romans 12:15, I John 1:3,1 John 1:7, Phil 3:10, Gal 2:9, 2 Cor 13:14, Psalms 55:14, Acts 2:42,1 Cor 1:9, Phil 3:10, Eph 4:16)

Prayer is the resource by which we constantly communicate and fellowship with the living God. Through it, we acknowledge our need of the help of the Holy Spirit in adjusting and aligning our minds and our hearts to God’s good and perfect will for us. While Scripture commands us to pray, we also see prayer as our God-given privilege. It is the “offering up of our desires to God for things agreeable to His will in the name of Christ with confession of our sins and thankful acknowledgement of His mercies.” (Luke 18:1, 1 Thess. 5:17, Romans 8:26)
Prayer is our individual and corporate declaration of dependence upon God. The prayer life of a follower of Christ is a measure of his intimacy with God, an intimacy which is to be deepening as time passes. It is our corporate responsibility to ensure that all aspects of ministry and fellowship be preceded, under girded, and empowered by prayer as modeled by Jesus Christ. This must be exemplified in the practice and teaching of prayer. (Matthew 7:7-12)
Through prayer we glorify God by honoring His name, seeking His Kingdom, and submitting to His will. God desires to accomplish His will and purpose through the prayers of His people. Therefore, we are committed to hold prayer as a high and ever-existent priority. (Matthew 6:9-13, John 17)

Our Leadership team

Learn more about those serving in & through our local body

Stephen Schultze

Staff Elder, Pastor for Congregational Life
Stephen has served at Harbour Shores since '99. Stephen and his wife, Lora, were married in Jul. '92. Their family loves living and serving in Hamilton County with their church family. Stephen graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) in '13 with an M.A. in Christian Studies. He currently serves as elder, Pastor for Congregational Life, on the preaching team, leads an Adult Bible Fellowship, serves as Sr. Chaplain for Noblesville Fire Dept., and a board member of Tri Grace Ministries.
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Chris Fritz

Staff Elder, Pastor for Preaching & Worship
Chris has served at Harbour Shores since Jan., '07. In '01 he married his high school sweetheart, Anna. Originally from northern California, he moved to S. Cal. to attend The Master’s College graduating in '02 as a Church Music major, emphasis in piano and minor in Bible before getting his MA in Christian Ministry with emphasis in Homiletics from Liberty University in '19. Chris oversees the pulpit and preaching ministry, music and worship ministries, and leads an Adult Bible Fellowship. He and Anna have 3 beautiful daughters and 1 boy.
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Matt Vohwinkel

Director of Student Ministries
Matt has been served as Dir. of Student Ministries at Harbour Shores since July, '18. Matt graduated from Moody Bible Institute in '10 with a degree in Pastor Ministries. That same year he and his wife Olivia moved to Columbus, OH where he served on staff at Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren Church as Pastor of Student ministries for 5 years. They have 3 boys and a girl, and live in Cicero, IN. In his free time, Matt enjoys fishing, yard work, & spending time with his family.
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Fritz & Lynette Good have been serving with Harbour Shores Church since ’90. Fritz was a Master Trooper with the Indiana State Police for 21 years, serving primarily in Marion and Hamilton County. They were the first missionaries sent by HSC in ’93 to Saint Petersburg, Russia with the Co-Mission for a 1 year assignment. During this year, they felt the call of God on their lives to pursue career foreign missions. Their desire was to return to Russia, but God closed that door and opened an opportunity for them to be church-planting missionaries in Berlin, Germany. In Jan. of ’02, the Good family moved to Berlin to plan and establish CrossWay International Baptist Church. Fritz’ primary roles were counseling, discipleship, and oversight of children’s ministries. In ’17, Fritz and Lynette strongly sensed the Lord was redirecting their future, so they moved back to Noblesville, IN, primarily to be strategically involved in HSC and to care for both of their widowed mothers. In January ’18, Fritz accepted the role of Dir. of Counseling Ministry. He has a M.A. degree in Biblical Counseling from Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette,  IN). They have 4 grown daughters, 3 son-in-laws, 4 grandchildren, and are anxiously awaiting their 5th grandchild to arrive, a 4 year old Chinese boy from mainland China! God continues to bless our family in such amazing ways! Email Fritz

Lora Schultze has been a member of Harbour Shores Church since 1999. She accepted the position of Children’s Ministry Director in 2018. Lora completed a degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University and has taught children of all ages both in schools and church settings. Lora accepted Christ as a child and has a passion to share God’s Word with both parents and children. She is married to Pastor Stephen Schultze and spent many years working alongside him in the area of Youth Ministry.  Lora and Stephen are blessed with three amazing children (Clay, Will & Alaina) and live in Cicero, Indiana.  When Lora isn’t teaching or leading children’s ministries, she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time at the beach. Email Lora

Amy & Patrick Fata have been serving as music directors at HSC since October of ’17. Amy and Patrick met at Huntington University (Huntington, IN). Amy, from Hillsdale, MI, and Patrick, from Paris, France, married after graduating as music majors in ’96 and continued their education in music performance at the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN). They have traveled across the states and abroad with their music ministry and have both served as adjunct faculty at Taylor University (Upland, IN). Amy is also the choral director at Highlands Latin School of Indianapolis, and Patrick writes curriculum for Memoria Press and also accompanies for the Indianapolis Youth Chorale and the Indianapolis Children’s Choirs. The Fatas have released 5 CD projects and continue their songwriting efforts. Their greatest creations, however, are 2 precious daughters, Liliana and Sabrina. 

Charlotte Prough has served as Administrative Support for Harbour Shores for 26 years. She is grateful to God for calling her to this ministry and loves serving her church family. A former high school teacher, she taught French to home-schoolers in the church for 8 years before “retiring” from teaching. Charlotte and her husband, Dave, have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren and have served together in the church nursery ministry for many years. Email Charlotte

Scott Lewis has been Facilities Manager at Harbour Shores since ’98. He graduated from Vincennes University with an A.S. in Electronics Technology in ’83 and does a phenomenal job overseeing the upkeep and maintenance of all the buildings, facilities and grounds here at Harbour Shores. Scott and his wife, Rebecca, serve and minister faithfully here at HSC and have three wonderful children. Scott is an all around awesome dude.  We wouldn’t know what to do without him! Email Scott

In addition, our leadership team is comprised of the following elders...

Rob & Cricket have been members of Harbour Shores since 2000. Together they taught Jr. High for 4 years and have hosted a Bible study in their home for close to 20 years. Rob has taught several Sun. p.m. electives, adult Sun. a.m. classes and has written several HSC curriculums: “The Quest” & “The Case” for Jr. High, “The Walk” for discipleship/sanctification, “Special Forces” designed to train/equip/motivate men, and “Cross Fit Marriage”; a marriage training course. They have adult 2 sons and a precious daughter in-law Joshua, Caleb & Hannah. Rob earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in ’88 and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in ’92. Rob & Cricket also serve as board members for The Attic Theatre and enjoy using their creativity together, both on stage and behind the scenes. Whether in their church family, at work, or in the community, they consider it a high privilege to be able to serve their risen Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Email Rob

Joe & Ruth have been members of HSC since ’90. Joe has served as an Elder at HSC since the church adopted Elder Leadership. He and his wife live in Britton Falls, an over 55 community in Fishers, IN. They have 3 adult children. Joe served as 1st Lieutenant, US Army Field Artillery in Vietnam in ’69-70. Joe received his BS from Ball State and his MBA from Lewis University (Lockport, IL). Since his retirement in ’16, Joe continues to teach at Indiana Wesleyan University as adjunct professor in the College of Adult and Professional Studies. Joe leads the Seeker ABF and serves as chairman of the Local Outreach Committee. Email Joe

Steve & Debbie have been attending Harbour Shores since ’03.  Steve served as a Deacon from ’11-’17 and has been an Elder since the fall of ’17.  Steve and Debbie have two sons, both of whom are now in college.  From about ’14-’16, Steve led a community men’s Bible study through the first 12 chapters of the Gospel of John. Steve has also been part of the HSC Constitution team which drafted a new proposed church Constitution.  Steve currently leads an Adult Bible Fellowship and serves with the Harbour Shores Mission Council and the Greeting Ministry.  Steve graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington, UN) and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law (Indianapolis, IN). Email Steve

Dwight & Celeste, have been at Harbour Shores since ’95 and has served as an elder since ’06. Throughout his time at HSC, Dwight has been active serving in children’s ministry, singles ministry, missions, Jr. High Youth Group, Crown Financial Ministry, Walk of Repentance, Music/Worship Ministries and in the “Living Water” Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF). Dwight is a graduate of Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN). They have 4 adult sons with daughter in-laws being added all the time. Email Dwight

Steve & Nyla have attended Harbour Shores since ’90. Steve serves as the elder over our AWANA Ministry. In addition to that, he teaches and leads in the Alpha Adult Bible Fellowship. Steve earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Letourneau College (Longview, TX). They have 1 adult son, Seth. Email Steve

Don & Elaine have been attending Harbour Shores Church since ’08. They have 2 adult daughters. Don served as a Deacon (’12-’17) and has been an Elder since the autumn of ’17. Elaine was awakened to her need for a Savior in ’69, and Don in ’73. Married in ’82, they settled in Northern New Jersey. Don served as an elder in their church for 10 years until moving to Indiana in ’06. Don produced 2 albums of Christian hymns (’78 -’79). Elaine taught 4H sewing, and was a school nurse. Don and Elaine have led PTM discussions on Marriage Enrichment, and he occasionally leads PTMs on Theology, and Science & Faith. Don serves in various ways for Men’s Ministry, Pastoral Visitation (including Retirement Home and CARE ministries), Book promotion (“sell your bed and buy a book”), and Theological Research (Constitution Committee, Statement of Faith review, etc.). Email Don

Paul & Nancy have attended Harbour Shores since ’97 and became an elder in ’18. They have 5 adult children and 8 grandchildren. Paul is active as a leader in AWANA, works in the Nursery and served as a deacon. He earned a B.S. degree in math from Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH) and an M.S. in School Administration from Butler University (Indianapolis, IN). He spent 36 years at Heritage Christian School and currently is self-employed. Email Paul

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