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Facilities at Wheelersburg Baptist Church in 2012
Wheelersburg Baptist Church has served as a lighthouse to the greatness of God in Scioto County since it began in 1878. "From the ministry of the first pastor, Rev. J. H. Roberts, to that of the present pastor-teacher Brad Brandt, the congregation has been led by men of God dedicated to winning sinners to Christ and building a fellowship of faithful believers prepared to carrying on the work." That’s the assessment of local historian, Jack Branon, who has been a member of the church since the 1970s. Making Christ Known to the World God continues to accomplish world-wide ministries through the members of Wheelersburg Baptist Church. It starts on the home front through the ministry of Scioto Hills Camp and Retreat Center by members of the church family. Scioto Hills Camp staff has ministered to over 4,000 guests last year with various retreats, as they shared Christ and helped others to grow in Him. To find more information on upcoming retreats and summer camps offered at Scioto Hills Camp and Retreat Center, you can visit their website at www.sciotohills.com. WBC members, Tapan and Sandhya Bandyopadhyay, have included the church family at WBC in their ministry that God led them to establish with needy children on the Sagar Island in India. Gary and Nancy Storm continue to travel to Eastern Europe to train God’s servants there in Christian Education, particularly in how to use Christian camping as a ministry tool. Pastor Brad has traveled to Romania and Moldova, for the purpose of training two different groups of church leaders, teaching the Doctrine of the Church and plans are currently being made for another trip this November. Serving Christ’s Bride in the Tri-State region Wheelersburg Baptist Church recently began their eleventh year of Counseling and Discipleship Training through the course, "Biblical Answers for the Problems of Life." To date, the church has been privileged to provide biblical training to over 200 individuals (including several pastors and deacons) from some 35 churches in this 12 week long course that meets on Monday evenings, beginning in January - March. The church also continues to offer free biblical counseling to hurting people with certified biblical counselors who minister God’s life changing Word to help those in need. Since in reality the church is people and not a building, WBC emphasized the use of the homes of its members for ministry in 2009. Currently on Sunday evening we are having Growth Groups…learning God’s Word in small group settings. Once a month on Sunday evenings during the summer months, the church meets in homes for a ministry called "Home Fellowships". Several of the church’s members continue to serve with the CRADLE ministry, providing compassionate care to women facing difficult life experiences. In the past year God’s servants at CRADLE presented the good news of Christ to dozens and dozens of women in need of help and hope. On Wednesday evenings, Kid’s Club and Youth ministries continue to help make disciples of Christ with the youth of the community. The children’s ministry, Kid’s Club, gathers at 6:25 p.m. for a meal, and then meet to learn God’s Word at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during the school year. The Youth Ministry (C2 Ministries) also meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Service times at Wheelersburg Baptist Church are: Sunday Morning Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. with a variety of classes for all ages; Sunday Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m.and Sunday Evening Worship at 6:00 p.m. On Wednesday evenings, in addition to the children and youth ministries, the church offers a Prayer and Bible Study for adults at 7:00 p.m.A Nursery staffed with qualified nursery workers during all service times is also offered. "If you’re looking for a church where you can get to know Christ better and then help others know Him, locally and worldwide, we invite you to come to our services," says Pastor Brad Brandt. "It’s our privilege to serve this community for the honor of the One who has given us life that is abundant and eternal." www.wheelersburgbaptist.com
Wheelersburg Baptist Church began April 14, 1878 (Painting by the late Nancy Rae Litteral, former church member and Member of the Association of Handicapped Artists)
Wheelersburg Baptist Church 11712 Gallia Pike, Wheelersburg, OH
Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene
25 Arnett Drive, Franklin Furnace, Ohio 45629
Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene was founded in the early 1960’s when Eubert E. and Moncy M. Steenbergen purchased the land for the building of the church and the parsonage. Mr.& Mrs. Steenbergen donated this land to the Central Ohio Nazarene District, with Dr. Harvey S. Galloway presiding as District Superintendent. Mr. and Mrs. Steenbergen continued to support the church financially and in many other ways for several years. In the spring of 1962 Rev. & Mrs. Everett O. Altic began their pastorate of the Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene.
The first year end report reflected the following: A total of 10 members
A Sunday School average of 19
$1,548.00 was raised for all purposes Rev. & Mrs. Altic pastured the church until Rev. Altic presented his resignation to the Church Board on April 8, 1964, effective on June 1, 1964. In the years that followed many other great Pastors served the Plymouth Heights congregation: Robert J. Ritter 1964
H. Wayne Sharpes 1965-67
William Roddy 1968-70
Max Snyder 1971
Earl Martin 1972-73
Roy Huff 1974
Albert & Pauline Miller 1975-79
Dan Horn 1980
George Edmonds 1981-83
Ronnie Brown 1984-85
Mike Percell 1986-96
Timothy Throckmorton 1996-?
During the years of 1962-1988, church membership grew from ten (10) members to seventy-two (72) members. Currently, the church has approximately two hundred and five (205) members. On May 3, 1965 the Church Board voted to build an Annex to the church, pending approval of the District Superintendent, and pledges were taken to begin raising the money for the building of the Annex. In November1965, the church held an Open House for the new Annex. The journey has continued for the past forty (40) plus years as God placed His Hand on the many dedicated Pastors and committed laymen, who were, and continue to be, faithful and obedient to God’s call. Approximately seven (7) years ago the church began to experience tremendous growth and a welcome influx of young families into the church. Along with numerical growth came spiritual growth and an increase in giving. The church reached the point where more seating and classroom space was needed on a regular basis. The church leadership, along with the entire congregation, felt God’s leading to expand our borders. In 2004 the church voted to purchase five (5) adjoining lots and a house that would enable the church to continue to grow physically and spiritually. Due to the foresight of the Church Board the property was purchased with no debt and arrangements were made to remove the house from the property. This was the beginning of "The Building Bridges to the Future"program. The building fund has continued to grow and replenish itself. The response of the church family has been overwhelming and continues to grow. The church was ready to break ground in the early spring of 2005. On April 2, 2006, the church moved into the new Sanctuary. The former Sanctuary and Annex were developed in a fellowship area, along with more classrooms. Dr. James Diehl, General Superintendent of The Church of the Nazarene, and Dr. Richard Jordan, current Central Ohio District Superintendent of The Church of the Nazarene prayed a blessing on the church and preached the dedication sermon. Just as the Lord equipped people for the planting and building of the Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene in 1962, the same Lord has raised us up and has prepared us for taking the ministry at Plymouth Heights even further. What an incredible journey this has been and continues to be for the Plymouth Heights church. We have been blessed by the Lord and with God’s help will continue to grow the church for generations to come. We are building bridges from the past to the future, from the church to the community. God is good all the time!
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