Group Seeks to restore Millerstown Church with "Lighting of the Windows" event

A small group of local families has come together with a vision of restoring the former Millerstown Community Church on N. Heck-Hill Rd.

The last official service held at the one room Millerstown Church was Easter Sunday, 2009, but services had been sparatic for the preceding decade. The building sat empty and was rarely used for over ten years, give or take a wedding or two. The roof  was dilapidated by the elements and the church lost its tax-exempt status since services were no longer held. In January of 2019, a public notice was issued informing residents the property would be sold at auction.

The thought of the property going to the Sheriff's Auction where it would inevitably be stripped of valuables and left abandoned did not sit well with some members in the tight-knit community. A group of five families joined together with a vision to restore Millerstown Church to its "former glory and purpose in the community."

The group of Steve and Marsha Hess, John and Valerie Vulgamore, Mike and Julie Rogers, Josh and Patti Flohre, Dave and Traci Faulkner formally launched Millerstown Church Incorporated (MCI) in March of 2019. They paid off the property taxes owed shortly after incorporating and began the legal process to acquire the property via a quick claim deed. Over the summer of 2020, the bell was restored to working order. "The first thing we did was fix the bell," joked Traci Faulkner of MCI.

MCI finally acquired ownership of the property in December of 2020.

In celebration of new leadership and in effort to show the community MCI is determined, the stained glass windows were once again illuminated on Tuesday December 29 and the community was invited to see the progress on the church...and to ring the church bell.

The event was well attended as former members of the congregation and curious neighbors stopped by for a brief tour. The glow from inside the church illuminated the stained glass windows, casting warm colors into the winter darkness that demanded attention from passers-by.

MCI has plans to completely restore the interior of the building, and hopes to eventually have services again on special occasions and Holidays. "Nothing gets done inside until we fix the roof," explained Steve Hess of MCI. "We have a list of priorities, and fixing this roof is number one."

Those who would like to donate to MCI and their restoration of Millerstown Church may do so by mailing a check to:

Millerstown Church Incorporated
7530 Zimmeran Road
St Paris, Ohio 43072

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