Our pastor grew up in Akron here in Springfield Township. At the age of eight he would surrender to preach the gospel. Wanting to serve in the military, he spent four years in the Air force after graduating from Springfield High School. Following his call into the ministry, he pursued a Bachelor of Science and a Master's Degree in Educat
Our pastor grew up in Akron here in Springfield Township. At the age of eight he would surrender to preach the gospel. Wanting to serve in the military, he spent four years in the Air force after graduating from Springfield High School. Following his call into the ministry, he pursued a Bachelor of Science and a Master's Degree in Education. After completing his education, he returned to the Akron area and has served as the Senior Pastor of Millheim for the past 35 years. Our Pastor brings the Bible to life and teaches how to make the word of God applicable in our everyday lives. He leads with an in-depth knowledge of God's Word and a true heartfelt passion for Christ. The congregation at Millheim loves his refreshing sense of humor and infectious smile. He is a true inspiration to those in his congregation by living out the compassion and love of Christ. His wife Kathy lost her battle to cancer in 2016. Pastor Lawrence has a married daughter Michala whose husband Alex has also surrendered to preach the gospel. Pastor Lawrence also has a son Jared who also has a heart for God.
It has been my privilege to serve in our music programs since 1996 and I am so thankful for the talented men and women that God continues to bring our way. God has blessed me with my beautiful wife Becky, four sons Ryan, Brett, Scott and Cory, three wonderful daughters-in-law, Jessica, Pamela, Jordon, seven grandsons Steven, Christian, I
It has been my privilege to serve in our music programs since 1996 and I am so thankful for the talented men and women that God continues to bring our way. God has blessed me with my beautiful wife Becky, four sons Ryan, Brett, Scott and Cory, three wonderful daughters-in-law, Jessica, Pamela, Jordon, seven grandsons Steven, Christian, Isaiah, Samuel, Malachi, Micah, Nehemiah, four granddaughters Taylor, Hannah, Emma and Alexandra, a great grandson, Eli (yes and Taylor's husband Brian too)! I love Sunday afternoons when our home is filled with love and laughter as we get to enjoy another wonderful meal Becky has prepared for our entire family! Our joy from the Lord Jesus and His blessings include seeing my father and mother (Samuel + Freda) baptized; our grandchildren saved by the Grace of God; Our son Scott and his wife Pamela being called here at Millheim into the ministry as assistant pastor and wife; seeing Cory using his talent in our praise team; and my precious Becky teaching 4 and 5 year old children each Sunday. For me, singing with grace is easy when you have found His Grace to be sufficient!
Sue has been the secretary at Millheim Baptist since 2013. Before coming to Millheim she worked for the Springfield School District for ten years. She enjoys serving in the Ladies' and Children's ministries. Sue has been married to her wonderful husband Tim for 30 years. They have three adult children, two daughters and a son, and eight
Sue has been the secretary at Millheim Baptist since 2013. Before coming to Millheim she worked for the Springfield School District for ten years. She enjoys serving in the Ladies' and Children's ministries. Sue has been married to her wonderful husband Tim for 30 years. They have three adult children, two daughters and a son, and eight grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, sewing, knitting and crocheting, playing games and doing puzzles of all varieties.
We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. We believe and accept the scriptures as our authority. (2 Timothy 3:16)
We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; three in-one, co-equal, which is the Trinity. (1 John 5:7)
We believe Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. (John 3:16, Matthew 1:18, Matthew 1:22,23)
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin. He indwells the believer and empowers the preaching and teaching of the Word. (John 16:8, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Acts 1:8)
We believe the death of the Lord Jesus Christ was according to scripture (Isaiah 53:10) and was a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all mankind (Romans 5:6-10) so that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13) and be justified by His shed blood. We believe man was created directly by God in His own image. (Genesis 1:27) We believe man is a sinner, fallen from original righteousness; and, apart from God's redeeming grace, is hopelessly lost. (Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3) We believe man is justified solely by faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ; resulting in forgiveness of sin and his being born into the family of God by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:1, Galatians 2:16, Hebrews 9:12, Ephesians 2:1)
We observe the two ordinances given by the Lord Jesus Christ: Baptism and Communion. Baptism is by full immersion to commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3-4) Communion is a memorial of the New Testament, which commemorates the substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. The bread signifies His broken body and the fruit of the vine represents His shed blood. (Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), His ascension into heaven (Acts 1:9) and His present life there as our High Priest and Advocate. (Hebrews 7:24-26, 1 John 2:1,2) We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will come in the clouds to catch up His saints (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55) and will return to rule and reign for 1000 years. (Revelation 19:11-16
In the late 1800's, the area of Summit County south of Hayne Road was the home of several grist and saw mills on the Tuscarawas River and populated by people of German descent. As a result the area became known as Millheim or "home of the mill," as translated into English, thus the name Millheim Baptist Church.
In 1939 a small group of believers bought a lot on Hayne Road and built a large basement they used as a Sunday School.
1947 - 1974
In 1947, the members built a four-room frame structure attached to the rear of the basement. In 1953 the front of the building was enlarged to include an enclosed entrance hall, a pastor's study, restrooms and steeple. An educational wing was then added to house more Sunday School classes which was completed in 1960. March of 1968 saw a new sanctuary which doubled the size of the existing church building. A new 70 feet by 113 foot gymnasium complete with a full-size basketball court, bleachers, scoreboard and bus garage were added in 1974. On the land behind the church a regulation size softball field was built along with a large covered shelter used for church picnics and other outdoor events.
1975 - PRESENT
As our church continues to evolve, we continue to make the necessary changes to our church building and property whether it be resurfacing our parking lot, adding an Information Desk, painting the church, purchasing new carpet and tile, remodeling our old chapel to make a multi-purpose room, adding a brand new Senior Pastor's office along with upgrades to our Nursery and our bathrooms. There's always so much to do! In 2019, we started a major renovation to our Worship Center and we also added a brand new digital sign in April of 2020 for the front of our church. The best part is, all of these buildings, renovations and upgrades have been paid for by our church people and we praise the Lord for all He has blessed us with.
On Saturday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m., we will have our Christmas Drama, "Casting Call." You won't want to miss this humorous, insightful, and scriptural play where members try out for their Live Nativity roles. Jonathan and Tara Martens are directing the play.