Orrville Church of Christ

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Orville Church of Christ
Country United States
Denomination Church of Christ
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  • October 1902

Founded by

  • Pastor W. L. Neal



  • North Walnut Street, Orrville, Ohio
  • 314 North Main Street, Orrville, Ohio

Charter members

  • Mrs. George Starn, Mrs. J. F. Turner, Mrs. Lucy Camp, Mrs. F. E. Heller, Mrs. Fred Kinney, Mrs. Sarah Forrer, Miss Orpha Swager, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Shultzman, Mr. & Mrs. Dave Eshelman, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Conner, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Porter Shultzman, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Carson and Mrs. T. W. Orr.

Historical documents

  • Church history


  • W. L. Neal
  • A. M. Bird (1905-1907)
  • E. P. Kepher (1909-1912)
  • L. A. Kelly (1912-1913)
  • L. J. Fightmaster (1913-1914)
  • W. W. Johnston (1915-1918)
  • E. R. Saum (1919-1920)
  • J. A. Wharton (1920-1923)
  • Nathan B. Crabtree (1923-1936)
  • D. E. Nickerson (1936-1940)
  • E. E. Laughlin (1940-1045)
  • C. A. Matthews (1945-1947)
  • E. W. Barbee (1947-1955)
  • Stewart Rodgers (1955-1963)
  • Walter Cruzan (1963-1968)
  • Neil Norheim (1968-1973)
  • Kenneth Baldwin (1973-1984)
  • Rick Houp (1984-


  • 1902 - October, Officially organized as the Orrville Church of Christ, Founded by Pastor W. L. Neal
  • 1905 - First full-time minister hired - A. M. Bird
  • 1924 - August 31, New brick building dedicated on same location, older frame structure torn down
  • 1936 - Rev. N.B. Crabtree served the congregation longer than any other minister, and was well know and loved in the community, as well as by members of the congregation.
  • 1937 - March, the congregation purchased a parsonage at 226 East Oak St. (1937-1974) where the ministers lived until it was sold in 1974
  • 1948 - June 5, began a radio program "Let There Be Light" on WWST from Wooster, Ohio