Tuscarawas County is home to various denominations and blessed by its many churches. Over 150 churches, representing most major denominations, are situated in our friendly towns and neighborhoods for family worship and gathering. In the late 18th century, two courageous religious leaders, John Heckenwelder and his friend David Zeisberger, established the mission communities of Gnadenhutten and Schoenbrunn. To the Amish and Mennonites of today, those heroic settlers strengthened faith for county residents of those religions.
Tuscarawas County is still rich in both heritage and descendants of our historical settlers. Church life in Tuscarawas County is not limited to Sunday morning worship services. A variety of activities take place all during the week and weekends, as well. The area is enhanced and enriched by activities including youth group meetings, street fairs, bazaars, music on the square and other events with a Christian theme. A high degree of understanding and sharing of common purpose exists between our religious entities.
There are strong, active local ministerial associations and united groups offering inter-church fellowship. Ecumenical services are held during religious holidays and cooperative chaplaincy is coordinated at area hospitals and nursing homes.
The Tuscarawas county Council for Church and Community, better known as T-4-C, is an ecumenical organization serving thousands of area residents each year. Programs and initiatives of their efforts offer a wide array of benefits to many local families and individuals.
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