In October 1980, 30 people met in the cafeteria of Carmel Elementary School and planted the church that was to become Northview Church. Under the leadership of their founding pastor, Tommy Paino, 285 people attended the final service at Carmel Elementary in July 1983 before officially moving to the church’s first permanent location at 131st and Gray Road.
Thankfully, the leadership and members of Northview had a greater vision and in late 1985 purchased from Purdue University the 81-acre tract of land located in the highest point in Hamilton County at the southwest corner of Main Street and Hazel Dell Parkway in Carmel. Finally, in 1995, construction of the new worship campus where the church currently resides was completed, and the first service dedicating this facility was held in June 1995 with more than 1,200 in attendance. In 1997, the church built and dedicated a prayer chapel as its first addition to the new facility.
During 1995, Tommy Paino, the founding pastor, began having early symptoms of what was later diagnosed as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Tommy, recognizing the need to find a successor, formed a pastoral search committee in May 1998. Unfortunately, Tommy did not live long enough to welcome his replacement and passed away a few scant months later in January 1999.
Ultimately, in June of 1999, Steve Poe was elected to serve as Northview’s senior pastor. Since then, Steve has led the church through a three-phase building project completed in 2004, which includes the children’s wing (Northview Kids), Youth Center (Northview Students), and the bookstore/coffee shop (Capstone Café and Bookstore).
Also in 2004, Northview became an independent, nondenominational church, and growth for Northview continued. In 2005, they partnered with Brookside Community Church (originally called Brookside Celebration) and, in 2007, added their West Lafayette campus. In 2010, Northview opened their new auditorium, which seats more than 2,000 people.
In 2012, Northview began their three-year re.IMAGINE campaign designed to pay down the outstanding debt of the church and raise money for key mission initiatives and needed infrastructure updates. We invite you to join us as we continue to grow and reach even more people both locally and globally to share Jesus’ love and ministry.