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History of the Church
at 11020 Alspach Rd., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

On this page I have tried to compile a brief historical description of the lot and building which is our church home. Rich Mills has been great in preserving this information (and the building itself) for the past thirty years. It is interesting to me that God has kept this location as a place of worship for many, many generations.

In 1806 pioneers from Union County, PA settled in Bloom Township. In 1807 a log church was built on a portion of 8.5 acres of land which was donated for a church and a cemetery. This structure was used by a Lutheran congregation.

The Lutheran congregation left the church to the Reformed church in 1861 which replaced the log church with the “Brick Church” (as it was often referred to) and in 1870 it became known as the Salem Reform Church.


Among those donating land were two brothers, Daniel and Philip Hoy. Their wives were of the Evangelical faith. Besides donating land for the “Brick Church” the Hoys had been responsible for building Bloom Chapel.


By the 1920s the Bloom Chapel Evangelical Church was able to secure the site formerly known as the Salem Reform Church, also known as the “Brick Church.” The move was made in 1928. At the dedication service, the name became Hoy Memorial Church. In 1946, with the merger of United Brethren and Evangelical denominations, the church became EUB and in 1968 in the merger with the Methodist Church, the congregation became the Hoy Memorial United Methodist Church.


Thom and Rich Mills working on the bell tower and adding the steeple in 1981.

The Hoy Memorial United Methodist Church merged with the Lithopolis Methodist Church in October of 2010.

Spirit & Truth Fellowship purchased the church building from the Lithopolis United Methodist Church on April 7, 2011. All of the former members of Hoy Memorial and the members from the Lithopolis UMC that we dealt with were gracious, kind, and helpful to us in every way... just like you would expect brothers in Christ to be.

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