Welcome to the site of the South Central Ohio District Church of the Nazarene. We are a family of 68 unique congregations located in an area stretching from the state capital of Columbus on the northern edge of the district, to the cities of Portsmouth and Marietta along the Ohio River in the southern part of the state. The mission of the International Church of the Nazarene is also our mission: To Make Christ-Like Disciples in the Nations. Our purpose is to equip pastors and churches on our district to effectively spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We trust that the information you gather from reading these pages will both inspire and encourage you to take advantage of our resources and useful links.
No, Kevin Costner was not standing out in the cornfield saying, "If you build it, they will come", but the dream of constructing a baseball diamond for the community has become reality for the Church of the Nazarene. There were no sightings of great players from the past like "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, or Joe Dimaggio. However, for over three years, the people of the Thornville campus of Together Ministries have been working to develop a strong outreach to their community --- and now the day has come for the umpire to yell those familiar words, "PLAY ...
Each year, every local pastor is asked to nominate persons from his/her local church who represent outstanding servant qualities and exemplify the character of Christ beyond the walls of the church. This year, instead of selecting a single award-winner, the district was pleased to recognize one couple and two individuals as recipients of this prestigious recognition. Wall plaques for “Laypersons of the Year” were awarded to the following: Gil & Sharon Harris (Cornerstone Church), Hazel Radar (Jackson Church), and Henry Dillon (Gallipolis Church).
EIGHT SERVANTS WERE ELECTED TO ELDER’S ORDERS AT OUR RECENT DISTRICT ASSEMBLY HELD AT THE GROVE CITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE.
The class of 2017 included the following new ministers: Lonnie J. Aleshire Sr., James A. Humphrey, Christa Long-Jamison, J. Mikeal Lanning, Heather L. Malott, Cynthia L. McCorkle, Janet J. Walker, and Matthew A. Walls.
Ordination Picture: From Left to Right/Bottom to Top: (* indicates ordinand)
Row 1 (front): Rev. Lonny* & Donna Aleshire, Rev. Heather* Malott, Mrs. Heather Walls
Row 2: Rev. Christa* Long-Jamison, Rev. Cynthia* McCorkle, Rev. Bryan Mallot, Rev. Matthew* Walls
Row 3: Rev. James* Humphrey, Rev. Robert McCorkle, Rev. Janet* Walker
Row 4 (back): Dr. David Graves, General ...
At our recent District Assembly, Rev. Jeff Gray read the names and service records of five retiring elders and one retiring deacon: [Elders] George J. Leatherwood served 36 years, Edson E. Myers served 24 years, Bobby L. Taylor served 33 years, Josh T. Lively served 24 years, T. Rod Reynolds served 23 years, and [Deacon] Ruth Ann Fellure served 14 years. Those in attendance were presented with plaques by General Superintendent Dr. David Graves on behalf of the entire Board of General Superintendents. We congratulate these outstanding servants for their faithfulness to God, the Church, and our District across the ...
Rev. Jeff Gray (District Secretary) read the names of those receiving a District Licenses for the first time, noting that this was the largest number of first time licensees in the history of South Central Ohio District: Those receiving the District Licenses were: [Elder Candidates] Jacob I. Barker, Clifford A. Blevins, Jr., Steven Brown, Jr., Stephannie A. Eppley, Christopher L. Fleece, Sawyer A. Harlow, Carlos A. Huertas, Sandra L. Cordoba-Huertas, Christina L. Kidd, Bradley W. Lautenschleger, Darel Williamson, Brittany R. Zahler [Deacon Candidates] Eric W. Parsons, James A. Ruark [Licensed Ministers] Clayton C. Christopher. Then our District Superintendent, Pastor Trevor Johnston, ...
district ENGAGE map 2014We have provided this map as a tool to help you identify the locations of our district churches. The colored areas represent four sectional targets for the intra-district Work & Witness ministry that we have named ENGAGE.
The first day of the 24th Global NYI Convention was marked with historic delegate participation in the various regional sites, changes to the election process of the global NYI council chair, and a reminder of the message and mission of Nazarene Youth International.