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Mogadore Christian Church, located at 106 Cleveland Ave., recently celebrated its 180th anniversary. It has a pioneer history as one of the church plants where both Walter Scott and Thomas Campbell preached.
The Disciples movement of restoration came from Connecticut and Scotland at the same time, meeting in Western Pennsylvania and then on to the Western Reserve.It was the plan of this melding of Baptists and Presbyterians to "return to the ordinances, doctrines and fruits of the New Testament church."
The Mogadore church got a start in the "new barn" of J. Anson Bradley, family of the founder of Mogadore, Ariel Bradley.The group grew by twos and threes as the "Campbellism" message came from Canfield by word of mouth, new members and traveling preachers.
The first white frame building (on its current corner) was built in 1836.The main part of the brick church was completed in 1925 and was blessed with the installation of two stained glass windows: the Good Shepherd and the Ascension.Those windows were from the Pittsburgh Art Glass Company and each cost $1,869 -- today they are insured for $1 million each.
Pastor Elmer Johnson has been with the church for five years, filling the pulpit at the retirement of Dr. Eugene Higgins."Our church, like many others, is affected by time, politics, the economy.We are strong in our faith, our Disciple heritage, 'Speaking the Truth in Love,' and making believers feel welcome at our table as communion is open to all," said Johnson. "We have welcomed new music directors Sherman and Sarah Reynolds, as we express ourselves in a blending of tradition and contemporary music.We feel that we are a part of the history of this village (the greater Mogadore metropolitan area)and have a future in faithfully serving God, each other and the community," he said.
Thank you for your service to God and the Body of Christ. My Salvation occurred at the Mogadore Christian Church, with help from Gene Higgins, and continues today as our Lord is using me to advance His Kingdom and His Righteousness.