James Phillip Monson

June 18, 1924July 21, 2013
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James Phillip Monson, 89, died July 21, 2013 in Bonita Springs, FL. He was born in Indianapolis, and married the love of his life, Doris Lee Jelf on December 12, 1945. James graduated from Arsenal Technical H.S. in 1942; attended Indiana Central College from 1942-1943; graduated from Butler University in 1949 with a B.S. in Business Advertising, and the Southeastern Bible College in 1950. He was a WWII Army Infantry veteran, his active duty was in Normandy France and Germany; employed at Allison Manufacturing of General Motors (1950-1959); founder and pastor of Faith Assembly of God in Beech Grove, IN (1959-1997); known as “The Singing Pastor” through his radio ministry for 35 years- The Challenge of Faith Hour; and Author of “Just Reminiscing, Reflections of a Hoosier Pastor’s Lifetime”. Next to loving the Lord and his dear wife Doris and family, Pastor Monson had a passion for sports--baseball, basketball, and golf. One of the highlights of his sports life was playing on the Butler University baseball team of 1947, coached by the legendary Tony Hinkle. James continued to play golf until age 88--often out hitting those many years his junior. He is survived by his loving wife, Doris L. Monson; son James W. (Peggy) Monson; daughter Joy L. (Bill) Russell; grandsons Craig (Kristina) Monson and Mark (Wanda Somlee) Monson; and great grandchildren Emily, Andrew, Kaijah, James Anakin, Moira, and John. James was preceded in death by his grandson Bradley Monson. Visitation will take place on Thursday, July 25th from 4:00-8:00 at Little & Sons Funeral Home 4901 E. Stop 11 Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46237. Funeral Services will held Friday, July 26th at 10:00 AM at Indian Creek Christian Church 6430 S. Franklin Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46259. Burial at Washington Park East. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Legacy Fund, 515 E. Main St., #100, Carmel, IN 46032. “the steps of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord.” (Psalms 37:23)


  • Visitation Thursday, July 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 26, 2013

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Jacqueline Parmer-Cortez

August 19, 2014

My Pastor, my father in law, my Children's grandfather. I was 8 or 9 when our family found FAITH ASSEMBLY in Beech Grove and made it our home church. The Singing Pastor loved all of us and we knew it by the way God's love was demonstrated through him.

Jackie Eanes

August 1, 2013

Pastor Monson is a big part of why I am a Christian today. He planted the first seeds that have filled my life with the love of Christ. Thank you Pastor! You will be missed.

Jerry Cummins

July 29, 2013

Bro.Monson I will never forget you, your smiling face that you could see the Love of God in and you showed ever one that LOVE.
LOVE to all the family GOD is with you.
Jerry Cummins & Family

Deana Walters

July 27, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I know the angels are singing their best as they have received a vey special messenger of the Lord in Grandpa Monson along with his beautiful voice. God Bless. Mike and Deana Walters and Stacy and Trent Vitz and children.

Randy Sparks

July 26, 2013

I will forever remember the end of Sunday morning worship at Faith Assembly always receiving a hug and word of encouragement from Pastor Monson as I left church. What a wonderful man and loving Pastor to me, my family and so many others! He will always have a special place in our hearts.

Beverly Woodford

July 26, 2013

Doris and Family, Jim was a precious gentleman. His face lit up a room with the Love of God. We enjoyed being at Faith with you dear folk. Now the hubbies are going Up before us. Soon we can join them. Love you!

Julie Monson

July 25, 2013

Jim Monson was a loving, kind, wise and beautiful gift from God! May his spirit continue to sing ad those twinkling eyes send rays of sunshine to all who loved him. With my deepest sympathy to Doris and his family. Julie Monson

Emily Monson

July 25, 2013

Love and miss you, great grandpa, give uncle brad hugs from us
Emily and Andrew

Chelf Family

July 25, 2013

Pastor meant so much to my parents. My father is also buried at Washington Park East. I know they are having a wonderful time in the presence of the Lord.

Mary Chelf and Kat Imhausen

July 25, 2013

Pastor Monson meant so much to my parents. He was still ministering just a few days before his death. His facebook posts were wonderful.