Our Mission

The Crest Manor Church of the Brethren has a long history of vital ministries in the South Bend community, and continues today to have ties with many of the inner city ministries that address the needs of South Bend.

Crest Manor Church of the Brethren today continues to do as its mission statement says: “…continuing the work of Jesus simply, peacefully, together…” It is a family-oriented committed community of people striving to extend the love and compassion of God to all it encounters. Crest Manor Church of the Brethren strives to seek where the Spirit is leading and find ways to create and maintain vital ministries.

Our Paster

Gary Martin

Gary’s family goes back 5 generations in Elkhart County.  Elkhart Valley COB was his birth congregation.  He is married to Pat, and they have four children.

During the 1980s he was involved in urban ministry, church planting (Chicago and Goshen), church planting oversight, and seminary instruction (AMBS, Elkhart).  Since 1990, he has focused on congregations in transition through parish ministry, consultation and leadership development.  Eighteen transitional assignments in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Pennsylvania have included rural, small town, suburban, small city and inner-city contexts.  He is co-founder of Transitional Ministry Training, for pastors and judicatory personnel.


While we are part of a larger denomination, each individual Church of the Brethren brings its own flavor to all things Brethren. This means no two congregations are quite alike. Some are more traditional, while others are more contemporary and, while each may be different, we recognize that together we make up a small portion of the greater body of Christ.

Affiliates and other supported groups

Church of the Brethren General Offices | website

1505 Dundee Ave.

Elgin, IL 60120


Northern Indiana District Office | website

301 Mack Drive, Suite A

Nappanee, IN 46550


Timbercrest Senior living Community | website

2201 East St. – P. O. BOX 501

North Manchester, IN 46962

260-982-2118 – 866-982-2118

Manchester University | website

604 E. College Ave.

North Manchester, IN 46962

260-982-5000 – 800-852-3648

United Religious Community | website

501 N. Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601