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Below is a short congregational history copied and updated from the 2000 directory.

In June of 1833, ten interested people gathered in the Blockhouse with the Rev. James McVey.  Growing in number and service, the congregation was officially recognized at the Disciplesí state convention of 1835.  First Christian Church is marking its 182nd year of continued service in the name of Jesus Christ.

The beautiful stone and brick A-frame church at the corner of Third and Bowman Streets has been home since 1956, the fifth physical location of our ministry.  More than brick and mortar, timbers and nails, the church is people.  A truly Christian home is established by Godís Holy Spirit in its members rather than the building.

Church records indicate that there have been thirty pastors.  Ranging from a few months to a few years in the early days, to the lengthy calls of The Rev. Ben Hagelbarger (1929-56), Dr. William Newman (1956-80) and Dr. J. Harold Hopkins (1981-92).  In addition, the congregation has nurtured nineteen Timothies into Christian ministry.

The first Sunday school was organized by John Neal in 1854.  While growth was slow at first, by 1912 the Sunday school blossomed with attendance filling the church building and adjacent parsonage by the early 1960ís.

In 1963 the congregation sponsored the development of the Southside Christian Church between Mansfield and Lexington.

The congregation remains committed to being a Christian witness within downtown Mansfield while shining the light of Godís love throughout Richland County and beyond!  All are welcome at the Lordís Table to partake of His abundant grace and mercy.




We have uncovered more historical information for both the DISCIPLES of CHRIST and the Mansfield Christian Church.

Click the image below to read a history from 1983.



Click on Alexander Campbell
to learn more about him.
 

Click to see our
  buildings and ministers.



Click to read the story of The Faceted Stained Glass Windows
and to view the individual panes.



Click on the list of Names to view drawings of our Timothies.
We continue to search for missing photos.

         

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