Epworth Church
5100 Karl Road        Columbus, OH  43229        614.885.8015
United in faith,
Serving in love
Worship with us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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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
Epworth's free Fourth of
July community picnic
A United Methodist connectional church
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 Church.

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."
The north side of the current Epworth Church
campus. The worship center is shown on the far left.