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The History of Ginghamsburg

Ginghamsburg Church, a United Methodist faith community, was founded in 1863 out of a small revival preached by Methodist circuit rider B.W. Day in the tiny village of Ginghamsburg, Ohio. Until the 1920s, Ginghamsburg remained part of a four-church circuit for a part-time preacher. From the 1920s on, students from United Theological Seminary in Dayton served as temporary pastors for the congregation.

Pastor Emeritus Michael Slaughter was appointed to Ginghamsburg in 1979 as the church’s first full-time clergy. At the time Ginghamsburg averaged 90 people in attendance. From there, Ginghamsburg grew rapidly as a mission-focused movement that loves Jesus and does something about it.

1989
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Late 80s / Early 90s

Ginghamsburg gains national recognition as an innovator in small group ministry.

1993
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1993

New Creation Counseling Center is birthed out of Ginghamsburg, providing access to quality Christian counseling, regardless of ability to pay.

1993
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1993

Ginghamsburg launches its Dreambuilders-Clubhouse non-profit, training up more than 7500 teens since to mentor kids with limited opportunities.

1996
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1996

Ginghamsburg’s website goes live, one of the first church websites in the world. Videos of weekend worship messages are added to the site weekly starting in 1997 – another first for churches.

1997
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1997

Ginghamsburg becomes an early innovator in the “media reformation movement,” creating multisensory, multimedia-based worship experiences.

2001
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2001

Ginghamsburg’s material assistance and life development ministries become New Path Inc., a non-profit meeting the needs of 50,000 neighbors each year.

2004
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Advent 2004

With the rallying cry that “Christmas is not your birthday,” Ginghamsburg launches its first miracle offering raising $317,000. Seventeen years later the miracle offering has invested nearly $11 million in local-to-global God projects.

2006
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2006

Ginghamsburg, as a leading practitioner within the missional church movement, hosted its first of ten Change the World conferences, challenging church leaders from across the U.S. to transform their communities one life at a time.

2008
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2008

Ginghamsburg merges with Fort McKinley United Methodist Church to create a diverse faith community on the corner of Salem and Siebenthaler Avenues in Dayton.

2019
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2019

Rachel Billups, previously the Tipp City Campus Pastor, is named senior pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, one of the first female pastors to lead a multicampus, megachurch movement.

2021
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2021 & Beyond

Jesus eats with everyone. Ginghamsburg remains committed to inviting everyone to the table.