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Teter Family Retreat

Ruth Teter was an interested and active member of Noblesville First United Methodist Church.  When she died in August 1981 she was unmarried and had no close family.  In her will she gave her 120 acre family farm to the congregation with the request that it be developed into a church retreat and named in memory of the A.W. Teter family.

As a girl Ruth lived in the farm house.  When her family moved into Noblesville, the Teter Farm was always a fun place to go for the two Teter children, Earl and Ruth.

Ruth's brother, Earl, was two years older than she.  In high school Earl was the captain of the baseball team, and played basketball and football.  Ruth was an excellent piano player and accompanied several musical groups.  Her high school picture is shown above as it appeared in the 1921 Noblesville High School year book.

As a young man Earl ("Lucky") Teter was a race driver of both autos and motorcycles.  He earned a wide reputation as a stunt driver with a group called "Lucky" Teter's Hell Drivers.  He was killed in an accident in 1942 in what was said to be his last performance before he was to join the Army during World War II.

Ruth worked for the Central Engineering Company of Indianapolis and over the years she became secretary-treasurer of the company.  When she was 65 years old, her employers said that she was too important to retire, so she worked another ten years for them.

Her father, Arza Teter, who was well know and respected in the Noblesville area, died in 1959.  Ruth's mother, Ada, lived to be 89 years old and died in 1969.

After her mothers death, Ruth inherited the family farm.  She talked at length with her pastor, Rev. Mark Blaising, about what would become of the possessions she had acquired in her lifetime.  From those talks came the idea that her family farm should become a church retreat.

                      ~ Irving Heath



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TETER FAMILY RETREAT is a wonderful facility which is available for use by the Family of God at First Church (by the way - that is you).  We have a large two-story lodge with a full kitchen, the Ruth Cabin (which has 4 units that each sleep 7 people with separate restroom facilities, a large shelter house, wooded cross walk, Wi-Fi, sand volleyball court, basketball court, and frisbee golf course.  For more information on Teter Retreat, please contact Tina Boyum at 


Special thanks to our Teter Retreat Caretakers, Bruce and Mary Kay Price, for all of their hard work keeping up the facilities.  If you would ever like to help Bruce mow, please contact him at     





Outdoor Worship Center

Picnic Shelter