About Millheim Baptist Church

Here at Millheim we love people...all people!   Come worship with us and get to know Jesus with our body of believers.  We offer Sunday and Wednesday services, a variety of life groups and ministries, live video, audio broadcasts and a library of sermons to choose from.

  • Our Mission

    Millheim exists to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Our Vision

    Our vision is to create a church that will reach beyond its walls to introduce others to Christ.

  • Our Strategy

    To create environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue personal intimacy with God.  Millheim is committed to bringing lives to Christ and Christ to everyday life.  It's what drives our decisions and directs our discussions.  We desire to create experiences that are rooted in Scripture, culturally relevant and deeply personal.  We want to clear the way for people to explore God's call, experience God's grace and express their faith.

Our Statement of Faith

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 in God, the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.  (Isaiah 48:12; Psalms 95: 3,6, Isaiah 40:21-26; Psalm 139:1-12, John 7:37,28)

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)

Our Staff

  • KIM LAWRENCE - Senior Pastor

    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. 



  • SCOTT ROCKICH - Assistant Pastor

    My name is Scott Rockich. God has given me a wonderful wife (Pam) who helps me fulfill my position here at Millheim. I couldn't have asked for a better wife, partner in ministry and mother to our five children:  Taylor, Christian, Ali, Isaiah and Sam. God has also given us a son-in-law Brian and three grandpups! In our family, we love to laugh, read, spend time together and with our extended family, go on vacation and if you'd ask me and my kiddos, play video games.  In 2005, Pam and I surrendered our lives to preach and had no clue exactly how God would use us.  Since that time, we both have had many opportunities to serve our children, teens and adults here at Millheim.  We give all the credit to the Lord for inviting us to work with Him but, most importantly, we thank Him for loving us and letting us know.

  • SEAN CANNON - Assistant Pastor

    Sean, his wife (Shelly) and daughters are lifelong residents of Akron, Ohio.  They have been attending Millheim Baptist Church for six years and Sean has been serving as an assistant pastor for the past four years.  As a family, they enjoy spending time together, hiking our local metro parks and laughing with each other.  Sean surrendered to preach as a teenager and obtained a Bachelor of Divinity and later a Bachelor of Christian Counseling from Liberty University.  He is passionate about studying  and sharing the Word of God.  In his free time, Sean enjoys reading and cooking BBQ on his grill.

  • GREG ROCKICH - Music Minister

    It has been my privilege to serve in our music program 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 and four granddaughters Taylor, Hannah, Emma and Alexandra. (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 !  Colossians 3:16

  • SUE WILLIAMSON - Secretary

    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 twenty-six 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.


Millheim's History


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.


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 build along with a large covered shelter used for church picnics and other outdoor events.


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 are looking forward to a brand new digital sign for the front of our church by the end of April. 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.