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

Apostolic Pentecostal

Shepherd's Flock Apostolic Pentecostal Church
505 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box  21
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-905-5730
mdn137@yahoo.com

Pastor: Mark S. Neddeau
First Lady: Dana R. Neddeau
Hours: Sunday 10 a.m. and Wednesday 6 p.m.
Worship style: Pentecostal/ open and free
Website: www.apostolicsunite.org

Alliance

Cable Road Alliance
2264 N. Cable Rd.
Lima, OH 45807
419-331-5500

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; 7 p.m. Wednesday night prayer meeting
Ministry to students:   Various events and Bibles; 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   

****Now meeting at Lima Senior High School Auditorium (until new building is open)

1660 Findlay Rd. (new location opening around late November)
Lima. OH 45804
419-229-5601 or  419-229-5633

Average attendance:   380
Pastor:   Rev. J. Randy Davis
Associate pastor:   Tom Golden
Worship time:   9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:   Wednesday family night, 7 p.m.
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 North Main St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-1382
tricountyfamilyaog@earthlink.net
                                                                    

Average attendance:   60-70                    
Pastor:   Rev. Terry D. Hunt
Counselor: Lori A. Hunt M.A.C.; P.S.C.; C.C.I.T.
Minister of christian education:  Lori Hunt
Worship:   10 a.m. Sundays; 6:30 p.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sundays
Fussion:   6:30 p.m. (college students)
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

Average attendance:   65
Pastor:   in transition
Worship:   10:45 a.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sundays
Other meeting times:   6 p.m. Sunday for discipleship training; 7 p.m. Wednesday for prayer meeting and devotions
Ministry to students:   Young adult class ages 18-24
Opportunities to serve:   College Praise Team
Worship style:   Blended and informal
Transportation:   Call pastor 419-490-1914

Lima Baptist Temple
982 Brower Rd.
Lima, OH 45801
(419) 229-1561

Average attendance: 100
Pastor: Al Elmore
Youth Pastor: Michael Green
Worship: Sunday at 11a.m.
Christian education: Ci-Fi meets at 10 a.m. (College Small Group) on Sundays
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:   225
Pastoral leader:   Sister Carol Inkrott
Worship:   4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday
Other times:   7 p.m.  Vidual Holy Days
Christian education:   6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Ministry to students:   Campus ministry Sr. Carol Inkrott,
 RCIA classes TBA
Opportunities to serve:   Eucharistic minister, lector, organist, choir, youth ministry, catechist or helper with religious education program.
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
419-649-4364                      

Average attendance:   200
Pastor:   Thomas Dearth
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:   6 p.m. Sunday, Bible study
                                    7 p.m. Wednesday, evening Bible study
     Ministry to students:   various Sunday School classes
Opportunities to serve:   Music, teaching; working with young people, etc.
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

Average attendance:   50
Interim Pastor: Doug Price  
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Bible study:   7 p.m. Wednesday
Ministry to students:   Full participation in church life
Opportunities to serve:   Music, teaching; after school program; neighborhood evangelism
Worship style:   Blended

Church of Christ

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

Average attendance:   250
Senior pastor:  Brandon Mayden
Worship:   8:30 a.m.  & 10:45 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:45 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:   6:30 p.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

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

Average attendance:   120
Pastor:   Jeremy Mann
Youth Leader: Matt Spangler
Worship:   10 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday beginning Sept. 7, 2014
Other meeting times: 7 p.m. Wednesday, evening Bible Study
Opportunities to serve:   Teaching Sunday school, prayer fellowship, praise and worship team, 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
stjohnucc@embarqmail.com
www.blufftonstjohns.com

Average attendance:   55
Pastor: The Reverend Carol Clements 
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. - noon
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:   Young adult Sunday School class
Opportunities to serve:   Special music, youth and children's ministry, prayer ministry, food pantry
Worship style:   Blended
Host families:   No
Transportation:   Within walking distance, but call for arrangements if needed

Church of God

First Church of God at the Crossroads
775 S. Thayer Rd.
Lima, OH 45806
www.limacrossroads.org

Average attendance:   600
Lead pastor:   Randy Bargerstock
Worship leader, College and Children's Ministry:   Jason Hinkle
Administrator:   Tim Hubbell
Director of student ministries:  Tim and Barbara Hubbell
Experience designer:   Barbara Hubbell, barb@limacrossroads.com
Worship:   6 p.m. Saturday; 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Sunday School:   7 p.m. Saturday; 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Bible study:   7 p.m. Wednesday
Opportunities to serve:   Various opportunities in most areas of ministry
Worship style:   Contemporary

Church of the Nazarene

Lima Community Church of the Nazarene
2945 N. Cole St.
Lima, OH 45801
419-223-9646
info@limacommunitychurch.com
limacommunitychurch.com

Average attendance:   2050
Worship times:   Contemporary - 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 & 10:45 a.m. Sunday,
    
10:45 a.m. The Source venue at Axis Building
     11 a.m. East Side venue at Howard Johnson Hotel
Ministry to students:  MSC - Mission Shaped Communities, ALPHA, Celebrate Recovery
Opportunities to serve: All kinds! Call for what is available
Worship style:   Generally 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

Average attendance:   400-500
Senior Pastor:  Jim King
Associate pastor:
  Richard Potter
Youth pastor:   Wade Slechter
Worship:   10:15 a.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sundays
Evening worship:   7 p.m. Wednesdays
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
fmc@bluffton.edu 
www.fmcbluffton.org

Average attendance:   275
Pastor:   Steven Yoder
Associate pastor:   TBD
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:15 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:   6 p.m. Wednesday, Jubilate Choir; 
                                     6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Cherub 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:   Formal, blend of traditional/contemporary
Host families:   Yes

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

Average attendance:   120
Pastor: Dennis Schmidt
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, Sunday school
Worship style:   Blend of traditional/contemporary, creative use of drama
Transportation:   Yes
Host families:   Yes

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

Average attendance:   60
Pastor:   David Elkins
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Spanish speaking service:   4 p.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Child care:   During Sunday school and worship service
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
pastor@salemmennonite.com
www.salemmennonite.com

Average attendance:   55
Pastor: Paula Snyder Belousek
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities for participation: Music ministry, annual congregational choir, monthly community meal, small groups, Wed. evening women's prayer group, 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:   Dave Stratton and Lynn Thompson
Worship:   8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:45 a.m. Sunday
Other meetings:   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
pandoramissionarychurch.org

Average attendance:   130
Senior pastor:   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, mix of contemporary and traditional
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
www.ourjourneycommunity.org
info@ourjourneycommunity.org

Average attendance:   120
Pastor:   Trevor Wright
Worship:   9 a.m. traditional, 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
office@kfoc.org
www.kfoc.org

Average attendance:   120
Pastor:   Jim Swihart
Office Hours: MWF 9 a.m.-noon
Christian education:   Dawn Swihart
Worship:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
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:   100
Pastor:   David Good
Worship:   10:15 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Lay leaders, voice and bell choirs, lead adult Sunday School, assist with youth group, Kid's club, soup kitchen
Worship style:   Follows Presbyterian order of Worship, communion on the first Sunday of the month
Transportation:   Within walking distance

Market Presbyterian
1100 W. Market St.
Lima, OH 45805
419-229-9040
www.mspcLima.org

Average attendance:   70
Pastor:   Two area pastors alternate preaching
                    Rev. D. Kaiser
                    Rev. T. Holmes
Traditional Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Choir, Music Ministry; children and youth; missions
Worship style:   Traditional
Dress:  Casual

United Methodist

First United Methodist
116 Church St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
419-358-8921
blufftonfirst@gmail.com
www.fumcbluffton.org
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Average attendance:  85
Pastor: Rev. Kim Miller
Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Discipleship Groups: 8 p.m. Tuesday Women's Community Group;
8 p.m. Wednesday Men's Community Group
Other meeting times: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Handbell Choir rehearsal;
9:30 a.m. Sunday, Praise band rehearsal
Ministry to students: 9 p.m. every other Sunday "Connections" College/Young Adult Bible study @ Bob's Place on the Bluffton University campus
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 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                       

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, student, and missions
Opportunities to serve:   Special music, choir, youth and children s ministry, hands on mission projects
Worship style:   Blended traditional, variety of music

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

Average attendance:  35
Pastor:   Rev. Mark Fuerstenau
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
Cairoandrockport.umc@gmail.com

Average attendance: 40
Pastor: Greg Coleman
Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday
Christian education: 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students: Connections College group at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights.
             Contact Krysti for details: 419-233-5255; gromankj@bluffton.edu
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:   Don Clinger
Worship:   10 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday
Bible study:   7 p.m. Wednesday
Ministry to students:   Holy Grenade college group
Opportunities to serve:   Christian education, music, children's ministries, worship team
Worship style:   Traditional/Contemporary
Transportation:   Call for arrangements