Crosswood United Methodist Church was born of the merger of three congregations in 2006: Calvary United Methodist Church, Community United Methodist Church, and Greenwood United Methodist Church.
We broke ground for our 400-seat multipurpose sanctuary in February 2008 and dedicated the building in April 2009. We are a friendly neighborhood church full of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Here is some information that honors the three congregations that blazed the trail before Crosswood United Methodist Church was formed in 2006:
On October 21, 1956 at the old Progressive Grange Hall on Richland Road, families totaling 46 people began to meet for worship. A few months later, in December, 39 adult members officially chartered a new church congregation at that location: Community Methodist Church. The senior pastor was Dr. Venton Busler, formerly of Epworth Methodist Church, and he utilized the help of many student pastors from the Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio to grow the new church. In March 1958, an adjoining parcel of land (5.58 acres) was purchased from Mr. & Mrs. Howard Click for $1,000.00 per acre. And later in 1958, an additional adjoining 5.7 acres of land was purchased from the Mack heirs for $5,173.00. Crosswood United Methodist Church now sits on this piece of property.
United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, outlooks, and life stories. Our denomination's members speak many languages and live in countries around the world. But we all share a unique history and faith perspective. No matter how or where we serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure called “the connection." This concept has been central to Methodism from its very beginning.
Connectionalism can be seen in our United Methodist clergy appointment system, our shared mission and outreach efforts that span the globe, and through our collective apportionment and benevolence giving to fund worldwide ministry and mission centers. As an entire denomination, United Methodists live out our call to mission and ministry by engaging with the poor and marginalized and by combating diseases of poverty by improving global health. We create new worship spaces for new people and we renew existing congregations. We prioritize developing principled Christian leaders for the transformation of the world.
No single congregation can do worldwide ministry by itself. But TOGETHER – through the power of our CONNECTION – the United Methodist denomination and its congregations across the face of the globe make a tremendous difference in the world. Every United Methodist Church helps to contribute, all for the glory of God.
The people of the United Methodist denomination:
1551 Richland Road
Marion, Ohio 43302
Crossword Church Office: (740) 389-1210
Crosswood United Methodist Preschool: (740) 386-2619