Our History

Fairview 1927 – 1955

In 1927, three men from Fort Wayne Bible College came to Angola to hold tent meeting revival services. The tent meeting was held on a vacant lot of what is now Auto Zone on North Wayne Street. The results of the meetings were so encouraging, one of the men, Rev. Joseph Klopfenstein, organized a group to start a new church. 

This young congregation was able to obtain the use of the abandoned Fairview Church of Christ on East Mechanic Street on the lot of what is now Midwest Essentials (formerly C A Nedele & Sons). That area of town was then known as the Fairview Subdivision. The congregation changed the name of the church to Fairview Missionary Church, the name of the church still holds.

This bell, shown in the above video, is from the original 1927 Fairview Missionary Church located on Mechanic Street, Angola, Indiana, where Midwest Essentials (formerly C. A. Nedele and Sons) is currently located. We are able to track the authenticity of the bell over the years through former Fairview members who are now in heaven and current Fairview members who knew where the bell was before it came back to Fairview Missionary Church.
Fairview 1920's
Fairview 1920's
Fairview in the late 1920's

Fairview in the late 1920’s