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Churches have been very important in the settlement of Ohio. Wayne County, Ohio is no exception. The earliest denominations included Presbyterians, Baptists, Congregationalists, German Reformed, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, United Brethren, Methodists and Catholic.

Throughout Wayne County, OH history, churches have come and gone. There have been numerous splits and merges as well as the creation of many new churches. Overtime, options for places of worship have expanded.

According to research collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, the leading Christian denomination in Wayne County, OH is Evangelical followed by the Catholic and the Methodist. More information on the denominations may be found through Sharefaith.

Digitized Church Books

Table of Known Wayne County, Ohio Churches

Wooster Churches 1859

  • Baptist: southwest corner of Market and Larwill Streets; Rev. T. J. Penny, Pastor
  • Catholic: corner of Millersburg Rd and railroad; Rev. O'Neil, Pastor
  • Church of God: north side of South Street between Bever and Buckeye; Rev. Levi Hartman, Pastor
  • Disciples: northeast corner of South and Walnut Streets; Rev. S. R. Jones, Pastor
  • Episcopal: north side of South Street between Walnut and Grant Streets; Rev. J. Trimble, Pastor
  • German Lutheran: northwest corner of Henry and Grant Streets; Rev. Benjamin Pope, Pastor
  • German Reformed: northwest corner of Henry and Grant Streets; Rev. Kamerer, Pastor
  • Lutheran: west side of Market Street between North and Larwill; Rev. J. B. Baltzly, Pastor
  • Methodist Episcopal: northeast corner of North and Grant Streets; Rev. H. G. Dubois, Pastor
  • Presbyterian: northwest corner of Walnut and North Streets; Rev. R. Colmery, Pastor
  • United Presbyterian: east side Buckeye Street near Millersburg Road; Rev. McFarland, Pastor



  • Ohio-Wayne-Church
    • 2 notebooks divided by denomination; within each denomination, in alphabetical order by name of church
    • Church records from the Newkirk, Shreve ME, Bigelow, and Moorehead Church
    • Salem Lutheran Church