Pastor wins backing of Merrillville BZA to move church
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent September 26, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:26AM
MERRILLVILLE — Clyde Lockett has returned to his roots and is following in his father’s footsteps.
Lockett, a Gary native and a pastor, was relocated from Michigan to his native Northwest Indiana by his employer, U.S. Steel, and became pastor of the Living Word Christian Center of Indiana, which he is in the process of moving to a new location in Merrillville.
Lockett is not the only person in his family to take on a role with church.
“My dad, Willie Lockett, was a pastor in the area for more than 40 years,” said Lockett, who is also an account manager for U.S. Steel.
His brother, James Lockett, is a deacon.
Lockett received Board of Zoning Appeals approval Wednesday to locate his Living Word Christian Center of Indiana into a building at 397 W. 84th Drive, which is in a commercial area.
He still needs to get Town Council approval before making the move.
Lockett said services are being conducted at the First Presbyterian Church at 78th and Taft, sharing the building with two other congregations. He’s been there about 11/2 years.
“I want to have our own building,” he said.
Zoning director Dorinda Gregor said the church has about 20 parishioners and would locate in a 4,176-square-foot building.
Lockett said Sunday worship would be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the church would be open again from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays for Bible exploration and studies. He said he may do some counseling during the week, but there would only be three or four people involved at a time.
“This location is near a residential area, which provides the church an opportunity to expand its membership. It will relocate if it outgrows this site,” Gregor said.
Lockett said he was a pastor in Ann Arbor, Mich., before being transferred to Northwest Indiana.
He lives in Schererville.
In other matters, resident Nancy Sharp received BZA permission to live in her existing home at 8030 Randolph St. while a new home is being constructed on the same property, with the stipulation that the current house be demolished within three months of her occupying her new home.
Sharp wants to remain on the property during construction because she has a horse there that needs daily attention.