5-year project to ensure a person's experience with PUMC's building matches our words of grace and welcome.



Transforming for Tomorrow is an initiative of Plainfield United Methodist Church that will update, renovate, and prepare its building for effective and meaningful ministry tomorrow and beyond. Through this five-year project, we will improve the building and property at 600 Simmons Street, Plainfield, to the point where we can provide everyone, especially newcomers, the full experience of the grace and love of God that we talk about, so that all of a person’s experience — from ease of parking, wayfinding signs, a pleasant appearance, security for children, up-to-date restrooms, and more — matches our words of grace and welcome. Find project details and plans here, as well as photos, helpful documents, FAQ’s, and leadership contact information.



Frequently asked questions

What are the projects?

Find a complete list of projects in the document: "Transforming for Tomorrow Project Summary" (currently titled Attachment A). Documents > 01-General Infirmation > t4t_attachment_a.pdf

How is the order of projects being determined?

“The Steering Committee recognizes that much time, thought, and deliberation has been invested to establish the four tiers of projects that are within the scope of the approved Transforming for Tomorrow motion. The Steering Committee also recognizes that the four tiers were not established to provide a sequential listing of prioritized projects without the flexibility to deviate, but rather they were established in order to provide general guidelines to the Steering Committee on which projects might be considered and prioritized by the Steering Committee. The sequencing of project selection and initiation process employed by the Steering Committee will utilize Attachment A [now titled Transforming for Tomorrow Project Summary] as a guiding document, but the Steering Committee will also prayerfully consider additional factors such as urgency, seasonality, practicality, efficiency, and missional impact. In order to best serve the congregation, flexibility and agility for project selection and initiation will be critical enablers for success.”

Will there be any debt to the church related to Transforming for Tomorrow?

No. You’ll find in the language of the motion approved by PUMC Church Council on November 8, 2017, that “PUMC will incur no lasting debt in the accomplishment of these projects beyond its ability to fund the projects through recorded financial gifts and pledges.” The entirety of the approved motion reads:
Whereas: there are needs for capital improvements which cannot be funded by the Basic Ministry Budget; and
Whereas: many of these capital improvements serve to allow for growth; and
Whereas: our current growth makes these improvements especially timely; and
Whereas: some of the items are necessary and immediate maintenance items;
Therefore: The PUMC Council moves that PUMC engage in a capital finance campaign soliciting gifts and pledges to be received up to a 5 year period, which shall be used to complete as many of the projects shown on Attachment A as may be accomplished with recorded gifts and pledges and which shall be commenced in the order specified by the Transforming for Tomorrow Steering Committee after considering suggestions by the PUMC congregation and the recommendations of the Transforming for Tomorrow Project Management, Fundraising, and Communications Committees. Ten percent (10%) of the campaign gifts received shall be placed in the PUMC Major Maintenance account to pay for future capital repairs and maintenance with costs exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Financing costs may be incurred where necessary to provide cash flow between the time when pledged gifts are received and the commencement and completion dates of a project. All project expenses and financing costs will be paid for by funds raised from the capital campaign. PUMC will incur no lasting debt in the accomplishments of these projects beyond its ability to fund the projects through recorded financial gifts and pledges.

How can I donate to or pledge towards Transforming for Tomorrow?

Donations can be made in one of several ways: 1. Mail a check to PUMC, 600 Simmons St., Plainfield, IN, 46168, and include “Transforming for Tomorrow” in the memo line. 2. Make a secure, online donation at SecureGive ( Indicate “Transforming for Tomorrow” in the notes section. You may make a one-time donation here or set-up ongoing, recurring gifts. 3. Pledges to be fulfilled over the life of this five-year campaign can be made by phoning Financial Administrator, Brenda Barnett, at 317.839.2319 (ext. 227), to set-up regular, recurring ACH withdrawals from your bank account. Pledges towards this campaign allow work to progress and projects to be completed in a timely manner while you spread your giving out over the coming months or years.

Can I donate to a specific project?

It is most helpful to the timely and successful completion of Transforming for Tomorrow to receive undesignated gifts.

How can I help beyond my financial gift?

Your prayers will be a vital contribution to the successful completion of Transforming for Tomorrow. Please join with others and project leadership in daily praying [this prayer]. And there will be opportunities to contribute time and effort to particular projects throughout the life of the Transforming for Tomorrow initiative. These opportunities will be published here on this website and through all of PUMC’s communication channels.

Who do I contact with questions or to learn more?

Project leadership names and contact information are on this website. Please be in touch with any of these persons, or phone the church office at 317.839.2319.







Rev. Charlie Wilfong

Senior Pastor

Pastor Charlie Wilfong joined the PUMC staff on July 1, 2014 as Lead Pastor. Prior to PUMC, he enjoyed the ministry of a district superintendent, shepherding and coaching pastors and congregations . After serving seven years on the district, he is glad to be serving a local congregation and preaching regularly. His passions for ministry include preaching, shepherding, prayer, leadership, and coaching church leaders and volunteers.


Charlie and his wife Donna have two beautiful daughters. Daughter Abby teaches Math and Science and lives in Jeffersonville, Indiana with her husband, Jacob Kerns. They live at the grand-childrens’ house – Bryan (10 yrs.) and Josie (1 yr.) Daughter Jessi graduated from Prosser School of Technology in Culinary Arts. She is at home in Clarksville, Indiana with Uno, the cat. The majority of the week, you can find her at Texas Roadhouse, where she is a server.

Kimberly Meyer

Steering Committee Chairperson

Rev. Elizabeth Gilbert

Communications Chairperson

Pastor Elizabeth Gilbert brings a passion for communicating the work of Jesus and the Church in ways that invite, include, and welcome people from all walks of life into a loving relationship with Jesus. Working with a gifted team of volunteers and church staff, Elizabeth will emphasize transparent, helpful, engaging, and inclusive messaging about Transforming for Tomorrow and its vision for the future ministry and mission of PUMC.

Bill Edie

Finance & Fundraising Chairperson

Bill and his wife Kathy are long time members of PUMC. Bill works for Target in Facility Management. Bill and Kathy and have 3 grown children and 4 beautiful granddaughters. Bill is also Chairman of Finance for the PUMC. He also served as Chairman of the Building Committee and has been a long time member of the adult choir.

Paul Schreiner

Planning Committee Chairperson

Paul was born in Franklin, Indiana and was raised in the country near Taylorsville.  He describes his childhood home as having an Edinburg address, Flat Rock telephone number and attending Columbus schools. 

He is a member of the last class to graduate diploma from General Motors Institute (now Kettering, University).  


Paul and Shana have been married for 35 years and met when they were both co-op students at Allison Transmission (then Detroit Diesel Allison) where in June he will have been employed there for 40 years.  

Paul and Shana first attended services at PUMC in June of 1987 and went camping with Genesis Sunday School class five days later, where they have developed friendships worthy of a lifetime!  

Paul enjoys fishing, woodworking and construction. He has been a member of the PUMC Board of Trustees for 17 of the last 20 years.

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