The Ada Family Center Church staged a "Free Garage Sale" at the Farmers & Merchants Picnic event this summer. Some of the church volunteers this day included (left to right): Denise Butterfield, Pastor Ray Hadley, Mary Archer, and Jamie Huusicker - Ada Herald
The Ada Family Center Church staged a "Free Garage Sale" at the Farmers & Merchants Picnic event this summer. Some of the church volunteers this day included (left to right): Denise Butterfield, Pastor Ray Hadley, Mary Archer, and Jamie Huusicker. (Ada Herald/Joe Schriner)

by Joe Schriner

Herald Correspondent

news@adaherald.com

ADA — A Christian church without walls…

That’s, basically, what the Ada Family Center Church is all about.

Yeah, they meet at the “Center on Central” Sunday mornings at 10:30, but that’s merely kind of like a “filling station,” or “pit stop.”

It’s in the community at large that the members are primarily called, said Pastor Ray Hadley.

They take being Christ’s “hands and feet” seriously.

The pastor said church members are forever out in the community painting, working on roofs, installing new gutters… for those in need.

And the intent is not just HGTV-type renovation, but rather people seeing Christ in them as they work. It’s the essence of the gospel message.

“Our intent is to meet people where they are at,” said Pastor Ray.

And where ‘they are at,’ sometimes, is FAR from here.

The pastor said one of his church members goes to the Dominic Republic with the Christian outreach “Mission Possible.” Another church member, who is also an associate professor at ONU, takes students on outreach trips to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Ada Family Center also tries to, as often as possible, use community events for outreach. The church, for instance, gathered all types of items for a “Free Garage Sale Pavilion” at the recent Farmers & Merchants event in Ada.

They also annually have a booth at the Harbor Center Festival.

What’s more, each summer the church sponsors a “Movie in the Park” (always wholesome family entertainment) at Railroad Park downtown.

The pastor said this is the fifth year for the church in Ada, and it is part of The Missionary Church group, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.