Area church directory

Stephen Tig IntagliataWhen I look back on my time as a college student, my growth as a Christian came from both being involved in campus ministries as well as participation in a local church. My faith was enriched in new ways by visiting several different churches representing a variety of Christian traditions. 

The churches in the Bluffton community have strong connections with our university and look forward to welcoming our students in their congregations, whether as one-time visitors or as regular participants. My hope and prayer is that you will make use of the opportunity to worship in different churches, and that you will find a local church home during your college years at Bluffton.

Blessings in Christ,
Stephen Tig Intagliata
Campus pastor

Churches in the village of Bluffton


Cable Road Alliance
2264 N. Cable Rd.
Lima, OH 45807

Average attendance:   250
Senior Pastor:   Tim Lewis 
Worship coordination:   Sheena Clevenger
Children’s director: Trisha Sierra
Youth director: Zach Zarcz
Missions director: Sara Nishimoto
Worship: 10:45 a.m. Sunday
Christian education: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
Men’s ministry:   Brian Clum; 8:30 a.m. second Saturday
Women’s ministry:  Bridget Erdman
Other meeting times: Prayer meetings 7-8 p.m. Wednesday
                                  Life groups meet at various times throughout the week
Opportunities to serve: Worship team, media, prayer team, ministry, men/women/youth ministry, missions, Life groups, outreach
Worship style: Blended, informal, Bible based
Transportation: Check with Bluffton families

Assembly of God

First Assembly of God   
1660 Findlay Rd.
Lima. OH 45801
419-229-5601 or  419-229-5633

Average attendance:   800
Pastor:   Rev. J. Randy Davis
Associate pastor:   Keith Wilson
Youth pastor:  Jonathan Taylor
Worship time:   6:30 p.m. Saturday; 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday
Young adults:  6 p.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:  7 p.m. Wednesday, family night
Opportunities to serve:   Youth ministry, music ministry and outreach evangelism
Worship style:   Informal, Spirit-filled and Spirit-directed
Transportation:   Can be worked out

Tri-county Family Assembly of God

835 N. Main St.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   60-70                    
Pastor:   Rev. Terry D. Hunt
Counselor and Christan education minister: Lori A. Hunt M.A.C.; P.S.C.; C.C.I.T.
Worship:   10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sundays
Fusion:   6:30 p.m. Sunday, students grades 7-12
Family ministries:   7 p.m. Wednesdays
Opportunities to serve:   Christian education, music, children's ministries, worship team
Worship style:   Contemporary
Transportation:   Yes, call 419-358-1382


Bluffton Baptist
345 County Line Rd.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   65
Pastor:   Steve Pilarsh
Worship:   10:45 a.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sundays
Other meeting times:   6 p.m. Sunday for discipleship training; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, prayer meeting
Worship style:   Blended and informal

Lima Baptist Temple
982 Brower Rd.
Lima, OH 45801

Average attendance:  500-600
Pastor:  Al Elmore
Youth Pastor:  Michael Green
Worship:  11 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:  10 a.m. Sunday, Ci-Fi (small college group)
Opportunities to serve:  Choir, visitations, AWANA, VBS-Vacation Bible School, orchestra and more
Worship Style:  Blended
Transportation:  Contact Jason Szuch at 419-204-7664

Philippian Missionary Baptist 
190 E. 8th St.
Lima, OH 45804

Pastor: LaMont Monford, Sr.
Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday
Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesday Empowering; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday Empowering
Worship style: Blended and traditional

125 S. McDonel St.
Lima, OH 45807

Pastor: A.L. Butler
Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday
Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times: 11:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bible Study

420 W. Spring St.
Lima, OH 45801

Pastor: Dr. Dennis M. Ward
Worship: 10:45 a.m. Sunday 3:30 p.m. Sunday 
Worship style: Blended and traditional

800 E. Franklin St.
Lima, OH 45804

Pastor: Levi Collins
Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday
Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday


St. Mary's Catholic
160 N. Spring St.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   500
Pastoral leader:   Father John McLoughlin
Worship:   4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday
Other times:   7 p.m.  other holy days
Christian education:   Grades K-6, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Junior high and high school youth, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. first and third Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Eucharistic minister, lector, organist, choir, youth ministry, catechist or assist with religious education program
RCIA classes:  Thursday, 7 p.m.
Worship style:   Liturgical
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:   Within walking distance

Church of the Brethren

County Line Church of the Brethren
4227 N. Hardin Rd.
Harrod, OH 45850

Average attendance:   200
Pastor:   Thomas Dearth
Associate/Youth pastor:  Chris Ewing
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:  7 p.m. Sunday, men's Bible study; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bible study
Ministry to students:   Various Sunday school classes
Opportunities to serve:   Music, teaching, working with young people
Worship style:   Bible based teaching and preaching; charismatic
Transportation:   Check with Bluffton families, contact the pastor at the church or e-mail,

Elm Street Church of the Brethren
619 E. Elm St. 
Lima, OH 45804

Average attendance:   44
Interim Pastor:  Doug Price  
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:  7 p.m. Thursday, adult Bible study and youth group
Ministry to students:   Full participation in church life
Opportunities to serve:   Music, teaching, youth group leadership
Worship style:   Blended

Church of Christ

Bethel Church of Christ
4014 County Rd. 330
Ada, OH 45810  

Average attendance:   250
Senior pastor:  Randy Allen
Worship:   8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:45 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:   Sunday school, fellowship activities
Opportunities to serve:   Teach and assist youth activities and youth group
Worship style:   Informal
Transportation:   Call church office at 419-326-8552

Church of God

CrossRoads Church
775 S. Thayer Rd.
Lima, OH 45806

Average attendance:    400
astor:   Brian Robertson
Worship leader:    Jason Hinkle
Pastor of family and student ministries:  Jake Kline
Worship:   9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Sunday school:    9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Life group:  7 p.m. Wednesday
Opportunities to serve:    Various opportunities in most areas of ministry
Worship style:    Contemporary

Church of the Nazarene

Lima Community Church
2945 N. Cole St.
Lima, OH 45801

Average attendance:   1700
Lead pastor: Doug Boquist 
Worship arts pastor: Jonathan Burkey
Worship times:  6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday 
Ministry to students:  ALPHA, Celebrate Recovery, D-Groups, young adult ministry
Opportunities to serve:  All kinds! Call for what is available
Worship style:  Contemporary


Community Bible Church
Meeting at The Centre of Bluffton, 601 N. Main St Bluffton, OH 45817<>
Pastor: Marvin Gassman
Worship time: Sunday Morning 9:30
Bible Classes: Sunday 11 AM
Sunday Night: 6PM
Wednesday night prayer meeting: 7 PM (held in a different location. Please email for address
Worship Stlye: Traditional


English Evangelical Lutheran
111 Grove St.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:    70-80
Pastor:    Kevin Mohr
Worship:    9 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:    10:15 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:    College-aged, young adult Sunday school class
Opportunities to serve:    Choir, teach Sunday school, youth group, praise team, Bluffton Community Assistance Program
Worship style:    Blended contemporary and traditional
Transportation:    Within walking distance


Ebenezer Mennonite
8905 Columbus Grove Rd.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   400-500
Senior pastor:  Jim King
Associate pastor:
  Richard Potter
Youth pastor:   David Glick
Children and family ministries:  Kerry Wright
Worship:   10:15 a.m. Sundays
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sundays
Family night:  7 p.m. Wednesdays, Bible studies
Ministry to students:   College and career Sunday school class, various small groups
Opportunities to serve:   Sunday school teachers, youth or children's club leaders, children's club leaders; choirs; special music, small groups
Worship style:   Contemporary with an emphasis to be participatory
Transportation:   Call for arrangements

First Mennonite
101 S. Jackson St.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   275
Pastor of formation:  Wanda Stopher
Pastor of connections:  Theda Good
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:15 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:  6 p.m. Wednesday, adult bell choir; 7 p.m. Wednesday, chancel choir 
Ministry to students:   Potlucks, staff available for pastoral care, Sunday school options
Opportunities to serve:  Worship leader, children’s story time, scripture reading, pianist/organist, chancel choir, bell choir, Sunday school teacher, youth group, nursery
Worship Style:   Traditional
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:  Yes, also within walking distance

Grace Mennonite
502 E. Main St.
Pandora, OH 45877

Average attendance:   120
Pastors:  Matthew Yoder
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:   Potlucks, staff available for pastoral care
Opportunities to serve:   Gleaning, youth and children's ministries, adult choir, worship leading, Scripture reading, Sunday school
Worship style:   Blend of traditional/contemporary, creative use of drama
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:   Yes

Lima Mennonite
1318 N. Main St.
Lima, OH 45801

Average attendance:    60
Pastor:   Emily Hedrick
Worship:    10:30 a.m. Sunday
Spanish  service:   4 p.m. Sunday
Christian education:    9:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:    Neighborhood outreach, teaching, worship participation (planning, singing, leading), piano playing and much more
Worship style:    Informal
Transportation:    Yes! Call for arrangements

Salem Mennonite
4275 W. State Rd.
Elida, OH 45807

Average attendance:   50
Pastor:   Paula Snyder Belousek
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities for participation: Music ministry, children's Sunday school,  monthly community meal, small groups, monthly men's breakfast
Worship style:   Traditional/blended
Transportation:   Call Pastor Paula

St. John Mennonite
15988 Road 4
Pandora, OH 45877

Average attendance:    450
Pastors:    Paul Perkins, Jason Yost
Worship:    8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:    9:45 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:    7 p.m. Wednesday
Ministry to students:    College and single adult class
Opportunities to serve:    Ensembles, children, youth, worship team
Worship style:    Traditional and contemporary
Host families:    Yes
Transportation:   Call for arrangements


Pandora Missionary
300 Rocket Ridge
P.O. Box 173
Pandora, OH 45877
Pastor Mike Brown cell: 567-301-9038

Average attendance:   130
astor:   In transition
Children's church:   Laura Huffman
Worship:   10:45 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Special music, children/youth ministry, check website for other opportunities
Worship style:   Informal, contemporary
Host families:   Yes
Transportation:   Church van will pick up, call for arrangements; church is approx. 7 miles from Bluffton.


2000 N. Cole St.
Lima, OH 45801

Pastor: David Roberts
Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday 7 p.m. Wednesday
Worship style: Informal, contemporary

Journey Church 
225 W. Bigelow Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840

Average attendance:   133
Pastor:   Trevor Wright
Worship:   9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. postmodern Sunday
Christian education: 10:15 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times:   Periodic classes, spiritual disciplines retreat, service opportunities
Ministry to students:   Congregational life is geared toward young adults
Opportunities to serve:   Worship team, hospitality ministries, soon to offer classes in creative arts to disadvantaged children in the community, future ministry with pregnant teens
Worship style:   Relaxed, informal, come as you are , full band, multi-media
Transportation:   Carpool with other students (contact campus pastor)

Kalida Family Outreach Center                  
404 W. Northland Dr.
Kalida, OH 45853 (just north of Kalida off highway 115)

Average attendance:   120
Pastor:   Jim Swihart
Christian education:  Dawn Swihart
Worship:  9:30 a.m. Sunday
Office Hours:
  By appointment
Opportunities to serve:   Various opportunities in most areas of ministry
Worship style:   Contemporary (we do operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit - prophecy, tongues, etc.)


Bluffton Presbyterian
112 N. Main St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
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Average attendance:   60
Pastor:  Karol Farris
Worship:   10:15 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:  Ignite (intergenerational service and fellowship), choir, special music, liturgist, youth group, praise team, audio-visual technician, usher
Other meeting times: Choir rehearsal 6:30 Wednesday; youth groups, adult small groups (contact for more information)
Ministry to students: Church leaders available for pastoral care; open to student involvement in all areas of church life

Worship style:   Presbyterian (Reformed) order of worship that incorporates a blend of musical styles; communion celebrated the first Sunday each month
Transportation:   Within walking distance

Market Street Presbyterian Church
1100 W. Market St.
Lima, OH 45805
Fax: 419-229-2617

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Average attendance:    65
Pastor:   In transition
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:    Music ministry, children and youth, missions
Worship style:    Traditional
Dress:  Casual

United Church of Christ

Emmanual United Church of Christ
P.O. Box 132                                                                       
8375 Phillips Rd.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   70-100
Pastor:   Jeremy Mann
Worship:   10 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:   Teaching Faith Formation
Worship style:   Casual
Transportation:   Contact church ahead of time

St. John's United Church of Christ  
223 W. College Ave.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   55
Pastor:  Rev. Carol Clements
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Office hours:  9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday
Ministry to students:   Young adult Sunday school class (contemporary topics)
Opportunities to serve:   Special music, visitations, youth and children's ministry, prayer ministry, food pantry
Worship style:   Blended
Transportation:   Within walking distance, call for arrangements if needed

United Methodist

First United Methodist
116 Church St.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:  75
T imothy Wilmetti
10:30 a.m. Sunday
Other meeting times: 
7 p.m. Monday, handbell choir rehearsal; 9:15 a.m. Sunday , praise rehearsal  
Ministry to students:
Brewed Awakening (college-aged discipleship group) meets on Bluffton University campus
Opportunities to serve:  
Praise band, bell choir,  variety of outreach projects
Worship style:  
C asual with a blend of traditional and contemporary music
Within walking distance

Mt. Cory United Methodist
(sister church to Pleasant View)
300 N. Main St.
Mt. Cory, OH 45868

Average attendance:   35
Pastor:   Jerry Lewis
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Worship style: Blended

Pandora United Methodist
108 Washington St.
P.O. Box 151
Pandora, OH 45877

Average attendance:
Pastor:   Rev. Duane Kemerely
Worship:   9:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   8:30 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:   Young Adult opportunities in worship and missions
Opportunities to serve:   Special music, choir, youth and children's ministry, hands-on mission projects
Worship style:   Blended traditional, variety of music
Call if needed

Pleasant View United Methodist  
300 CR 37
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   35
Pastor:   Jerry Lewis
Worship:    9:00 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:    10:30 a.m. Sunday
Opportunities to serve:    Special music
Worship style:    Blended
Transportation:    Call if needed

Rockport United Methodist
5505 Rockport Road
Columbus Grove, OH 45830
419-641-3401 or 419-233-5255

Average attendance:  40
Pastor:  Tim Wilmetti
Worship:  9 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:  10:30 a.m. Sunday
Ministry to students:  9 p.m. Sunday, Connections College group (announced in bulletin)
Opportunities to serve:  Special music, teaching, missions, serving at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
Worship style:  Blended
Transportation:  Call or text 419-233-5255 (Krysti)

Trinity United Methodist
2022 SR 103
Bluffton, OH 45817

Average attendance:   90
Pastor:   Wade Melton
Worship:   10:30 a.m. Sunday
Christian education:   9 a.m. Sunday
Bible study:   7 p.m. Wednesday
Ministry to students:   College group
Opportunities to serve:   Christian education, music, children's ministries, worship team
Worship style:   Mostly contemporary
Transportation:   Available by emailing or calling/texting 567-674-5711