Kokomo church opens new campus in Westfield


By Sophie Nulph

A Kokomo church opened a new campus in Westfield last month.

Fuel Church launched in Kokomo four years ago, and its congregation has doubled each year since. Approximately 1,500 people attend services each week at its Kokomo location.

Lead Pastor Jacob Burgei said large numbers of people often drove from Hamilton County each week to attend services in Kokomo.

“We always felt that our second campus would be in Hamilton County,” Burgei said.

Fuel has partnered with Reach Church to operate the 186 Street location.

Burgei said the non-traditional church’s mission is to bring hope to those suffering from addiction. The church regards itself as a ‘hope dealer.’

Fuel helps addicts recover helps them find jobs and assists with transportation and housing.

The church also reaches those who want to help addicts.

“We want people who are broken, and we want people who want to help those who are broken,” Burgei said.

Burgei is personally connected with helping those recover in a faith-based way. After two back surgeries, Burgei became addicted to pain killers. He credits his faith for helping him recover from seven years of addiction.

“I just know that where I found my freedom was Christ,” Burgei said. “Brokenness, it doesn’t discriminate. It comes to everybody. It comes to the person with the three-car garage and it comes to the person in the trailer park.”

Church services, which include a live band, are geared for people of all ages.

Fuel started services at the Westfield location Sept. 1 and will continue as the building is renovated. The church will relaunch its brand in February 2020.

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