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Keeping the Faith

Worship

Spires and steeples punctuate Worthington’s landscape — reminders of faith and values that were early cornerstones in the community’s foundation in the early 19th century and continue today. In recent years, representatives of many faiths have united to celebrate their commonalities at an annual prayer breakfast hosted by Worthington Mayor Harvey Minton.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, which anchors the northeast quadrant of the Village Green, was launched in 1804 by Worthington’s founding fathers, settlers from Connecticut led by businessman and Episcopal deacon James Kilbourn. St. John’s was the first Episcopal Church west of the Alleghenies and the first church in the area. Reflecting the backgrounds of the New England settlers, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations soon followed.

Numerous Protestant denominations developed as Worthington grew, soon joined by centers of worship for Catholic and Jewish residents. Saint Michael, the first and only Catholic parish in Worthington, was established in 1946 and built a well-respected parochial school in 1954. Saint Michael Church was completed at the same site in 1964.

Congregation Beth Tikvah, a Reform Jewish temple serving the Northwest part of Columbus, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 and has occupied its Olentangy River Road facility since 1980.

Today Worthington’s faith-based institutions represent a diverse sampling of religious preferences, missions and approaches to community outreach. Churches in the Worthington area include:

All Saints Lutheran Church
6770 N. High St., Worthington 43085
(614) 885-0112

Church of God MPGT
682 Plymouth St., Worthington 43085
(614) 301-6406

Fellowship Lutheran Church
7350 Sawmill Road, Columbus 43235
(614) 889-0113

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
35 E. Stanton Ave., Columbus 43214
(614) 885-4319

Grace Brethren Church (Grace Polaris)
8225 Worthington-Galena Road, Westerville 43081
(614) 888-7733

High Street Baptist Church
7399 N. High St., Columbus 43235
(614) 888-5121

Highlands Presbyterian Church
6909 Smoky Row Road, Columbus 43235
(614) 764-2134

Korean Church of Columbus
2825 Snouffer Road, Columbus 43235
(614) 556-4450

Korean Presbyterian Church of Columbus
9480 S. Old State Road, Lewis Center 43035
(614) 433-7155

Linworth Baptist Church
6200 Linworth Road, Worthington 43085
(614) 844-4477

Linworth Road Community Church
5400 Linworth Road, Columbus 43235
(614) 442-5722

Linworth United Methodist Church
7070 Bent Tree Blvd., Columbus 43235
(614) 336-8485

Lord of Life Lutheran Church
2480 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus 43235
(614) 889-2292

Salvation Army Chapel at Worthington Woods
760 Worthington Woods Blvd., Worthington 43085
(614) 846-1884

Saint John A.M.E. Church
7700 Crosswoods Drive, Columbus 43235
(614) 888-0894

Shepherd of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church
520 Village Park Drive, Powell 43065
(614) 786-7226

Smoky Row Brethren Church
7260 Smoky Row Road, Columbus 43235
(614) 889-5224

St. John’s Episcopal Church
700 High St., Worthington 43085
(614) 846-5180

St. Michael Catholic Church
5750 N. High St., Worthington 43085
(614) 885-7814

Temple Beth Tikvah
6121 Olentangy River Road, Worthington 43085
(614) 885-6286

Worthington Baptist Church
6540 Worthington-Galena Road, Worthington 43085
(614) 885-8912

Worthington Christian Church
8145 N. High St., Columbus 43235
(614) 885-8389

Worthington Community of Christ
110 Park Blvd., Worthington 43085
(614) 885-0491

Worthington Presbyterian Church
773 High St., Worthington 43085
(614) 885-5355

Worthington Seventh Day Adventist Church
385 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington 43085
(614) 885-7812

Worthington United Methodist Church
600 High St., Worthington 43085 (
615) 885-5365

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