Our Name

The New Testament is filled with rich metaphors describing the countercultural community of people who have been transformed by the gospel of grace. One of the most frequent designations for this community is the Greek word Soma, which simply means “body.”

Soma Church seeks to embody the person of Jesus Christ to Indianapolis, displaying the riches of God’s grace to our great city in both word and deed. We also desire to be family to one another as we love, serve, forgive, engage, pray, and pursue God’s glory and our joy in a deep community of faith.

Our Story

In December of 2011, the Shields family moved from West Palm Beach, FL to Indianapolis to begin planting Soma Church. Beginning in March 2012, a small group of families, college students, and young adults began meeting in a living room on the north side of Indianapolis. Our vision from the beginning has been to “see the gospel of Jesus change everything” – us, our neighborhoods, the Indy metro area, and ultimately the entire world.

Soma began meeting in July 2012 on Sunday evenings in a small church building in Midtown. We met at a few other locations in 2013 including the Speakeasy, The Oaks Academy, and the Indianapolis Art Center.  In February of 2014 we purchased and moved into the Muirfield Building at 2815 E 62nd Street. Recently, Soma planted a second congregation in Downtown Indy so that we could better serve the needs of this strategic part of the city. God’s grace has been poured out generously as we’ve seen lives changed and people stirred to be a renewing presence to the city of Indianapolis. We pray that you’ll consider joining our movement of disciples, family, and missionaries who live for the glory of God and the good of our city.