|Ministers of Epworth
1963-1978 Don Grant
1971-1978 Paul Henshaw
1978-1987 Mark Dove
1978-1982 Christine Smith
1987-1991 Ron Payne
1991-1998 Cyndy Garn
1998-2001 Larry Clark
2001-2010 Pat Miller
2010-2016 Gregory Herndon
2016- now Jennifer Casto
|In the beginning ....
It was a bitterly cold Friday night, January 25, 1963. Typically
winter, but an uncommon start to the weekend. Tonight, Leo
and Gerry Mason were hosts to 13 people in their house. A group
destined for creation. For it was about to create a new Methodist
church in north Columbus.
For months, Rev. Don Grant and other Methodist officials had
toiled to reach this point. On August 21, 1962, the Methodist
Church bought 5.5 acres of farmland adjacent to Karl Road. Now,
the first steps of life were under way for Epworth Methodist
Rev. Grant became the first Epworth minister June 8, 1963.
Later on June 30, worship services began in the brand new
Brookhaven High School. The following October, the
congregation began meeting at Valley Forge Elementary School.
Finally, all of the phone calls, contacts, and planning reached a
pinnacle on November 24, 1963, the day Epworth was officially
organized and constituted. In the beginning, membership was
130 people, but just 18 months later it jumped to 340.
The original church building at 5100 Karl Road was consecrated
February 8, 1967. The building comprised a worship space and an
education wing. In the mid 1990s, planning started for the
addition of a new worship center, which was constructed and in
use by the end of the century. As the 21st century began, the
early visions of Epworth Church were now complete and ready to
be fully in service to the Northland community through the
Gospels of Jesus Christ.
As a community of faith, Epworth has always been a "church at
the edge," a willing partner in the struggles of Northland and the
world. The year 2013 marked 50 years of loving God and loving
others for the thousands of people who walked through
Epworth's doors and heeded the call of Jesus Christ: "follow me."