In the early days of the village of New Baltimore, church services were held in the village school. Alexander Campbell (1763-1854), who planted churches throughout Ohio, called Christians to bind together and get back to the Bible, helped organize the church, and preached from the pulpit. Records show that the original structure burned, and the current sanctuary was built in 1850 using the Greek Revival style which was popular in that day. The belfry was added in 1883. The stained glass windows were installed around 1906 with many of the New Baltimore families printed across the bottom.
When electricity came to the village in 1924, the hitching posts and horse sheds were removed. In 1933, lumber was taken from the St. Paul’s Reformed Church that had been built in 1835 (located on Marlboro Avenue, just south of Pontius St.), to form the north addition for children’s Sunday School classes (who before met in various corners of the sanctuary). Those from that time reported how the two coal pot belly stoves in the sanctuary would leave you with your face hot and your feet cold.
In 1928, the church changed its name from the Disciple Church to the New Baltimore Community Church, and began using Mt. Union College for it’s pulpit supply. In 1961, the congregation raised up the sanctuary and belfry, and built a fellowship hall underneath, adding indoor plumbing and bathrooms.
The church then turned to Malone College for its pulpit supply. In 1972, the property to the west was acquired, turning the house into a parsonage (for our first resident pastor), the old blacksmith’s shop into a utility barn, and the lot used for pigs into a ball field open to the community.
The church continued to grow. With the help of the community, more acres were bought for the church park and a second ball diamond was installed, along with a playground, tennis court, and pavilion. In 1986, the property to the east was purchased, allowing for the new 12,600 square foot addition that broke ground in 2004, more than tripling the church size to provide adequate and handicap accessible space for children’s ministries, youth, dinners and fellowship times.
In 2001, we began reaching out to the community in a concerted effort, and saw worship attendance double in size, enabling us to have a full time staff of Pastor, Youth Pastor, and secretary. We’re thankful for the work and sacrifice of those in the past, giving us 10.7 acres of land, a church, park, and room to build a future sanctuary/gym.