Area church directory


Stephen Tig IntagliataWhen I look back on my time as a college student, my growth as a Christian came from both being involved in campus ministries as well as participation in a local church. My faith was enriched in new ways by visiting several different churches representing a variety of Christian traditions. 

The churches in the Bluffton community have strong connections with our university and look forward to welcoming our students in their congregations, whether as one-time visitors or as regular participants. My hope and prayer is that you will make use of the opportunity to worship in different churches, and that you will find a local church home during your college years at Bluffton.

Blessings in Christ,
Stephen Tig Intagliata
Campus pastor

Churches in the village of Bluffton

Alliance

Cable Road Alliance
2264 N. Cable Rd.
Lima, OH 45807
419-331-5500
www.cableroadalliance.com
office@cableroadalliance.com

Average attendance:   200
Senior Pastor:   Mike Boyes
Worship coordination:   Beth Moore
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sundays
Adult and Children Sunday school classes:  9:30 a.m. Sundays
Other meeting times:   Small groups meet at various times throughout the week
Ministry to students:   Various events and Bible studies; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School
Opportunities to serve:   Worship team, media, children's ministry, prayer team, men's or women's ministry
Transportation:   Check with Bluffton families
Worship style:   Mix of traditional and modern

Assembly of God

First Assembly of God   
1660 Findlay Rd.
Lima. OH 45801
419-229-5601 or  419-229-5633
www.limafirst.com
info@limafirst.com

Average attendance:   800
Pastor:   Rev. J. Randy Davis
Associate pastor:   Keith Wilson
Youth pastor:  Jonathan Taylor
Worship time:   6:30 p.m. Saturday; 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday
Young adults:  6 p.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:  7 p.m. Wednesday, family night
Opportunities to serve:   Youth ministry, music ministry and outreach evangelism
Worship style:   Informal, Spirit-filled and Spirit-directed
Transportation:   Can be worked out



Tri-county Family Assembly of God

835 N. Main St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-1382
tricountyfamilyaog@earthlink.net
                                                                    

Average attendance:   60-70                    
Pastor:   Rev. Terry D. Hunt
Counselor and Christan education minister: Lori A. Hunt M.A.C.; P.S.C.; C.C.I.T.
Worship:   10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sundays
Fusion:   6:30 p.m. Sunday, students grades 7-12
Family ministries:   7 p.m. Wednesdays
Opportunities to serve:   Christian education, music, children's ministries, worship team
Worship style:   Contemporary
Transportation:   Yes, call 419-358-1382

Baptist

Bluffton Baptist
345 County Line Rd.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-0170
www.blufftonbaptistchurch.com

Average attendance:   65
Pastor:   Steve Pilarsh
Worship:   10:45 a.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sundays
Other meeting times:   6 p.m. Sunday for discipleship training; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, prayer meeting
Ministry to students:   Young adult class ages 18-24
Opportunities to serve:   College Praise Team
Worship style:   Blended and informal

Lima Baptist Temple
982 Brower Rd.
Lima, OH 45801
419-229-1561
www.limabaptisttemple.org

Average attendance:  500-600
Pastor:  Al Elmore
Youth Pastor:  Michael Green
Worship:  11 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:  10 a.m. Sunday, Ci-Fi (small college group)
Opportunities to serve:  Choir, visitations, AWANA, VBS-Vacation Bible School, orchestra and more
Worship Style:  Blended
Transportation:  Contact Jason Szuch at 419-204-7664

Catholic

St. Mary's Catholic
160 N. Spring St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-8631
cinkrott@embarqmail.com

Average attendance:   380
Pastoral leader:   Sister Carol Inkrott
Worship:   4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday
Other times:   7 p.m.  other holy days
Christian education:   Grades K-6, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Junior high and high school youth, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. first and third Sunday
Ministry to students:   Campus ministry Sr. Carol Inkrott,
Opportunities to serve:   Eucharistic minister, lector, organist, choir, youth ministry, catechist or assist with religious education program
RCIA classes:  Thursday, 7 p.m.
Worship style:   Liturgical
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:   Within walking distance

Church of the Brethren

County Line Church of the Brethren
4227 N. Hardin Rd.
Harrod, OH 45850
419-649-5364                     

Average attendance:   200
Pastor:   Thomas Dearth
Associate/Youth pastor:  Chris Ewing
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:  7 p.m. Sunday, men's Bible study; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bible study
Ministry to students:   Various Sunday school classes
Opportunities to serve:   Music, teaching, working with young people
Worship style:   Bible based teaching and preaching; charismatic
Transportation:   Check with Bluffton families, contact the pastor at the church or e-mail, clcob_5364@watchtv.net

Elm Street Church of the Brethren
619 E. Elm St. 
Lima, OH 45804
419-227-8910
www.cob-net.org/church/elmstreet.htm

Average attendance:   44
Interim Pastor:  Doug Price  
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:  7 p.m. Thursday, adult Bible study and youth group
Ministry to students:   Full participation in church life
Opportunities to serve:   Music, teaching, youth group leadership
Worship style:   Blended

Church of Christ

Bethel Church of Christ
4014 County Rd. 330
Ada, OH 45810 
419-326-8552
www.WeAreBethel.cc

Average attendance:   250
Senior pastor:  Brandon Mayden
Worship:   8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:45 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:   Sunday school, fellowship activities
Opportunities to serve:   Teach and assist youth activities and youth group
Worship style:   Informal
Transportation:   Call church office at 419-326-8552

Church of God

CRossRoads Church
775 S. Thayer Rd.
Lima, OH 45806
www.limacrossroads.org

Average attendance:   400
P
astor:  Brian Robertson
Worship leader:   Jason Hinkle
Pastor of family and student ministries:  Jake Kline
Worship:   9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Sunday school:   9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Life group:  7 p.m. Wednesday
Opportunities to serve:   Various opportunities in most areas of ministry
Worship style:   Contemporary

Church of the Nazarene

Lima Community Church
2945 N. Cole St.
Lima, OH 45801
419-223-9646
www.limacommunitychurch.com
info@limacc.com

Average attendance:   1700
Worship times:  6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday - Howard Johnson Inn
Ministry to students:  ALPHA, Celebrate Recovery, D-Groups, young adult ministry
Opportunities to serve:  All kinds! Call for what is available
Worship style:  Contemporary

Lutheran

English Evangelical Lutheran
111 Grove St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-2591
elchurch@wcoil.com

Average attendance:   90-100
Pastor:   Kevin Mohr
Worship:   9 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   10:15 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:   College-aged, young adult Sunday school class
Opportunities to serve:   Choir, teach Sunday school, youth group, praise team, Bluffton Community Assistance Program
Worship style:   Blended contemporary and traditional
Transportation:   Within walking distance

Mennonite

Ebenezer Mennonite
8905 Columbus Grove Rd.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-8588
www.ebenezermennonite.org

jim.king@ebenezermennonite.org

Average attendance:   400-500
Senior pastor:  Jim King
Associate pastor:
  Richard Potter
Youth pastor:   David Glick
Christian education and family ministries pastor:  Dale Seefeltt
Worship:   10:15 a.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sundays
Family night:  7 p.m. Wednesdays, Bible studies
Ministry to students:   College and career Sunday school class, various small groups
Opportunities to serve:   Sunday school teachers, youth club leaders, children's club leaders; choirs; special music, small groups
Worship style:   Contemporary with an emphasis to be participatory
Transportation:   Call for arrangements

First Mennonite
101 S. Jackson St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-5766
www.fmcbluffton.org
fmc@bluffton.edu

Average attendance:   275
Lead pastor:  Wanda Stopher
Associate pastor:  George O'Reilly
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:15 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:   6 p.m. Wednesday, Jubilate Choir; 6 p.m. Wednesday, adult bell choir; 7 p.m. Wednesday, chancel choir                             
Ministry to students:   Potlucks, staff available for pastoral care
Opportunities to serve:   Choir directors, singers and hand-bell players, teach or help with Sunday school, youth  group, children's club, perform at coffee shops
Worship Style:   Traditional
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:  Yes, also within walking distance

Grace Mennonite
502 E. Main St.
Pandora, OH 45877
419-384-3502
www.gracepandora.org
gmc@bluffton.edu

Average attendance:   120
Pastors:  In transition
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:   Potlucks, staff available for pastoral care
Opportunities to serve:   Gleaning, youth and children's ministries, adult choir, worship leading, Scripture reading, Sunday school
Worship style:   Blend of traditional/contemporary, creative use of drama
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:   Yes

Lima Mennonite
1318 N. Main St.
Lima, OH 45801
419-222-2120                        
limamc@embarqmail.com

Average attendance:   60
Pastor:  Emily Hedrick
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Spanish  service:   4 p.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Neighborhood outreach, teaching, worship participation (planning, singing, leading), piano playing and much more
Worship style:   Informal
Transportation:   Yes! Call for arrangements

Salem Mennonite
4275 W. State Rd.
Elida, OH 45807
419-339-1505
www.salemmennonite.com
pastor@salemmennonite.com

Average attendance:   50
Pastor:   Paula Snyder Belousek
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities for participation: Music ministry, children's Sunday school,  monthly community meal, small groups, monthly men's breakfast
Worship style:   Traditional/blended
Transportation:   Call Pastor Paula

St. John Mennonite
15988 Road 4
Pandora, OH 45877
419-384-3680
www.stjohnmennonite.org
office@stjohnmennonite.org

Average attendance:   450
Pastors:   Tyler Macke and Lynn Thompson
Worship:   8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:45 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:   7 p.m. Wednesday
Ministry to students:   College and single adult class
Opportunities to serve:   Ensembles, children, youth, worship team
Worship style:   Traditional and contemporary
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:   Call for arrangements

Missionary

Pandora Missionary
300 Rocket Ridge
P.O. Box 173
Pandora, OH 45877
419-384-3154
Pastor Mike Brown cell: 567-301-9038
pandoramissionarychurch.org

Average attendance:   130
 P
astor:   Mike Brown
Children's church:   Laura Huffman
Worship:   10:45 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Special music, children/youth ministry, check website for other opportunities
Worship style:   Informal, contemporary
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:   Church van will pick up, call for arrangements; church is approx. 7 miles from Bluffton.

Non-denominational

Journey Church 
225 W. Bigelow Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840
419-422-6662
www.ourjourneycommunity.org
info@ourjourneycommunity.org

Average attendance:   133
Pastor:   Trevor Wright
Worship:   9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. postmodern Sunday
Christian education: 10:15 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:   Periodic classes, spiritual disciplines retreat, service opportunities
Ministry to students:   Congregational life is geared toward young adults
Opportunities to serve:   Worship team, hospitality ministries, soon to offer classes in creative arts to disadvantaged children in the community, future ministry with pregnant teens
Worship style:   Relaxed, informal, come as you are , full band, multi-media
Transportation:   Carpool with other students (contact campus pastor)

Kalida Family Outreach Center                  
404 W. Northland Dr.
Kalida, OH 45853 (just north of Kalida off highway 115)
419-532-2525
www.kfoc.org
office@kfoc.org

Average attendance:   120
Pastor:   Jim Swihart
Christian education:  Dawn Swihart
Worship:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Office Hours:
  9 a.m.-noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Opportunities to serve:   Various opportunities in most areas of ministry
Worship style:   Contemporary (we do operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit - prophecy, tongues, etc.)

Presbyterian

Bluffton Presbyterian
112 N. Main St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-5806
www.blufftonpc.org

Average attendance:   90
Pastor:   David Good
Worship:   10:15 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Lay leaders, choir, lead adult Sunday school, assist with youth group, praise team
Worship style:   Follows Presbyterian order of worship, communion on the first Sunday of the month
Transportation:   Within walking distance

Market Street Presbyterian Church
1100 W. Market St.
Lima, OH 45805
419-229-9040
Fax: 419-229-2617
www.mspcLima.org

Facebook page

Average attendance:   65
Pastor:  Rev. Dr. Mark Rich
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Music ministry, children and youth, missions
Worship style:   Traditional
Dress:  Casual

United Church of Christ

EmmanuEl UNITeD Church of Christ
P.O. Box 132                                                                       
8375 Phillips Rd.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-1561
emmanuel1561@embarqmail.com

Average attendance:   70-100
Pastor:   Jeremy Mann
Worship:   10 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Teaching Faith Formation, prayer fellowship, Family Promise
Worship style:   Casual
Transportation:   Contact church ahead of time

St. John's United Church of Christ  
223 W. College Ave.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-5641
www.blufftonstjohns.com
stjohnucc@embarqmail.com

Average attendance:   55
Pastor:  Rev. Carol Clements
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Office hours:  9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday
Ministry to students:   Young adult Sunday school class (contemporary topics)
Opportunities to serve:   Special music, visitations, youth and children's ministry, prayer ministry, food pantry
Worship style:   Blended
Transportation:   Within walking distance, call for arrangements if needed

United Methodist

First United Methodist
116 Church St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-8921
www.fumcbluffton.org
blufftonfirst@gmail.com

Average attendance:  85
Pastor:  
Timothy Wilmetti
Worship:  
10:30 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times: 
7 p.m. Monday, handbell choir rehearsal; 9:15 a.m. Sunday, praise rehearsal 
Opportunities to serve:  
Praise band, bell choir,  variety of outreach projects
Worship style:  
Casual with a blend of traditional and contemporary music
Transportation:  
Within walking distance

Mt. Cory United Methodist
(sister church to Pleasant View)
300 N. Main St.
Mt. Cory, OH 45868
419-859-3779
coryview@wcnet.org

Average attendance:   35
Pastor:   Rev. Mark Fuerstenau
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Worship style: Blended

Pandora United Methodist
108 Washington St.
P.O. Box 151
Pandora, OH 45877
419-384-3905 
www.pandoraumc.com                      

office@pandoraumc.com

Average attendance:
   100
Pastor:   Rev. Duane Kemerely
Worship:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   8:30 a.m.
Ministry to students:   Young Adult opportunities in worship and missions
Opportunities to serve:   Special music, choir, youth and children's ministry, hands-on mission projects
Worship style:   Blended traditional, variety of music
Transportation:
Call if needed

Pleasant View United Methodist  
300 CR 37
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-859-3779
coryview@wcnet.org

Average attendance:  35
Pastor:  Jerry Lewis
Worship:   9:00 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Special music
Worship style:   Blended
Transportation:   Call if needed

Rockport United Methodist
5505 Rockport Road
Columbus Grove, OH 45830
419-641-3401 or 419-233-5255
http://rockportumc.weebly.com
carioandrockport.umc@gmail

Average attendance:  40
Pastor:  Ruth Ann Scoby
Worship:  9 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:  10:30 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:  9 p.m. Sunday, Connections College group (announced in bulletin)
Opportunities to serve:  Special music, teaching, missions, serving at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
Worship style:  Blended
Transportation:  Call or text 419-233-5255 (Krysti)

Trinity United Methodist
2022 SR 103
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-2001

Average attendance:   90
Pastor:   Wade Melton
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday
Bible study:   7 p.m. Wednesday
Ministry to students:   College group
Opportunities to serve:   Christian education, music, children's ministries, worship team, Color 5K run: Sunday, Sept. 20 in the Bluffton park
Worship style:   Mostly contemporary
Transportation:   Available by emailing wademelton@gmail.com or calling/texting 567-674-5711