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Church History

Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church has been faithfully serving the Lord for 190 years.

Mt. Auburn began in 1826, as a few Methodist members gathered together to worship in a small frame building on the banks of Pleasant Run Creek just a few miles from our current location. As the church began to grow, "The Mt. Auburn Society" began meeting in a house just south of Dye's Walk Country Club.

In 1848, construction began on a new church building. Fire destroyed the lumber being used to build and the church was not completed until 1853. In 1904, a new building was dedicated debt-free and served as Mt. Auburn's home for the next 64 years. For the first 140 years of our existence, Mt. Auburn was a country church. Change, however, was on the horizon.

In 1968, the first of our present facilities was dedicated. Through the years, we have continued to add on classrooms, office space and a kitchen. A tornado swept down and destroyed much of the church in 1986. God miraculously spared the lives of 135 little children and daycare staff who were in the building. A year later, the congregation dedicated a newly refurbished building. At that dedication, each family contributed a small rock which was then cemented into a larger congregational rock that was placed on the east side of the sanctuary. It remains there today and confirms our commitment to God and this community.

In November 2008, we broke ground to build the O'Dell Family Life Center. It opened in 2009. Worship now takes place in "The Courts." Space was also dedicated for a new kitchen, a community room and Jr. High and Sr. High youth rooms. In 2011, the Chambers Celebration Center was created. The Chambers is a special worship space designed for children and our JAM (Jesus and Me) program. A complete renovation of the children's wings was completed in 2012-13. Mt. Auburn's master plan includes building a new sanctuary.

The congregation is committed to excellence in programming and worship and has a passion for service and mission work. Because children are so important, we bring quality childcare and extensive children's programming each Sunday. Mt Auburn has affirmed the importance of children by having a Christian Daycare since the early 1980s. And, our youth program is growing and strong.

Mt. Auburn has fought through fire, tornado, and discouragements of every nature, yet has always found the courage and faith to persevere. Dr. J. Wesley Hertel served as Senior Pastor at Mt. Auburn from 1990 until June 2014. He retired at the end of June 2015 after a year as Pastor in Transition. Pastor Jeff Buck was appointed Senior Pastor on July 1, 2014 and is now leading Mt. Auburn and its congregation on the journey of discipling others.  

If you don't have a church home, we hope you'll come visit and experience our family of faith.

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