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14000 State Route 104 (PO Box 484)
Chillicothe, Ohio  45601
Phone:  740-773-1525
Organized:  1954



Rev. Joe Messer


Sunday School
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Wednesday - 6:30pm
Wednesday - TEAM KID - 6:30pm


Membership:  1800
Worship Attendance: 275
Sunday School Average:  240
Vacation Bible School: 230
Prayer Ministry
Music Ministry 
Youth Ministry
Children’s Ministry
Senior Adult Ministry
Bereavement Ministry
Women On Mission
Men's Ministry

Upward Football Camp

Triad Discipleship Ministry

Scarlet Thread Quilting for Missions

Church Planting Ministry

International Mission Teams


Location:  Ross County
Population of Chillicothe- 21,899
Community:  9.5 square miles
Average age:  43
Average Income:  $34,562
Ancestry-United States, German
Time To Work:  19 minutes
Nearest Towns:
- North Fork Village – 3.1 miles
- Kingston – 10.5 miles
- Education, Health
- Social Services
- Manufacturing, Retail Service
- Chillicothe High School
- Unioto High School
- Zane Trace High School
- Huntington High School
- Smith Middle School
- Mt. Logan Middle School
- Huntington Middle School
- Unioto Junior High School
- Zane Trace Middle School
- Unioto-Scioto Elementary
- Huntington Elementary School
- Zane Trace Elementary School
- Chillicothe Elementary

- Chillicothe Middle School



Chillicothe Baptist Church Building.jpg

On June 14, 1954, Rev. Darty Stowe and two summer workers came to Chillicothe for a two-week Revival meeting in the Union Hall on South Paint Street.  On the first Sunday, a Sunday School was organized with 23 members.  The second Sunday, the Mission was established.  At the end of the Revival, four had come for baptism and 11 by letter.  The First Baptist Church in Waverly became the sponsor.  Rev. Euguene Briscoe was called as the first mission pastor.

Property was purchased at West Fourth Street and Pohlman Road with groundbreaking service on Christmas Day,1954.  Chillicothe Baptist Church constituted on January 13, 1955.  On October 27, 1955, a $15,000 loan was granted from The Home Mission Board.  Construction began in November 1955.  The first service and dedication were held on Easter, April 29, 1956.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 13, 1965, for a two-story $47,000 education unit.  Dedication was held on May 15, 1966.

On March 11, 1970, a 10-acre parcel on Clinton Road was purchased with a $13,000 loan from The Home Mission Board and was paid in its entirety February 1973.  The Home Mission Board granted a loan of $215,000 for relocation to the Clinton Road property with groundbreaking April 1, 1979.  Much of the work was done by the membership.  The building, with 20 classrooms, sanctuary seating 350 and full basement, costing $500,000 was ready for the first services on March 2, 1980.  Dedication Services were on June 1, 1980.  On May 31, 1985, ground was broken for a two-story Educational Wing.  Membership and Volunteer groups from Georgia and Alabama gave many hours of labor.  The new wing was dedicated on October 27, 1985.

On December 9, 1965, the church voted to sponsor Open Bible Baptist Chapel, a mission on the east end of Chillicothe.  May 1, 1987, Darrell Chapman, who had pastored Chillicothe Baptist from 1966-1970, became the mission pastor of Open Bible.

In 1988, the church established a park on the back acreage, which had been purchased June 5, 1986.  On July 2, 1989, this park was dedicated to the memory of Jess Brown.

On July 18, 1990, the church voted to enter into a stewardship campaign for the purpose of constructing a balcony of approximately 200 seats at a cost of $140,000 which included lighting, sound, and furnishings, to complete the commercial kitchen and to retire the current indebtedness of $540,000.  The Stewardship Campaign was called "Vision to Victory" and the Slogan was "Not Equal Giving, But Equal Sacrifice."  The balcony was completed and dedicated on December 9, 1990. A note-burning celebration was held March 15, 1992.  In July 1992, the parsonage and additional property in the back were paid in full and the commercial equipment for the new kitchen was ordered.  The church was debt free in April 2001.

After much prayer, on November 10, 2002, the church voted to purchase and relocate on 61 acres at 14000 State Route 104.  The church purchased the 61 acres in 2003.  Master Church Builders were contracted in 2004.  River of Life Amphitheater was constructed on the property in 2004.  This outdoor facility provided a wonderful atmosphere for gospel concerts.  The following year, Giving to Grow Stewardship campaign was begun.  On February 19, 2006, a groundbreaking service was held for the 28,000 square foot facility.  The first service was held on June 3, 2007 with dedication service on July 15, 2007.

There have been several staff members throughout the years.  A new position of Associate Pastor/Education was created in 1998.  Bill was James was called and resigned in 2014.  Steve Huff was called as Minister of Music in 2000.  In 2009, Joe Messer was called as Associate Pastor/Youth and Children.  After serving Chillicothe Baptist Church for 31 years, Pastor John Burris retired.  The congregation paid tribute to his service with a Day of Retirement celebration on September 23, 2012.

In 2014, Dr. Tim Cline came to CBC as the Senior Pastor. Under his leadership the congregation has experienced a renewed emphasis on discipleship and missions and has reached record levels in giving to missions in North America and around the world. CBC is a partnering church for Gateway Church Old Brooklyn (Cleveland, OH), and is directly involved in sending mission teams to West Africa.

In 2019, Dan Nelson came to CBC as worship pastor. His ministry has marked a return to strong congregational singing featuring modern and ancient hymns of the faith! 

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