Follow the green arrows on the signs as you walk
St. John’s Church is linked with earliest Massillon—in 1811, Kendal members of the Churches of the Reformation met in a log school in that village. Once Massillon was founded, they moved to the third floor of the building that still stands on the southeast corner of Erie Street and Lincoln Way.
1837 is considered the birth of the German Evangelical Protestant St. John’s Church. By the following year, increasing numbers of German and Swiss settlers warranted construction of a church on Third Street Southeast. In 1865 a larger church was constructed on the present site; it was quickly evident that the roof was too flat and the walls were bulging. The third and present church was built on the same site in 1912. In 1953, it underwent a total renovation.
The church is beautified by three stained glass windows: The Sower, The Good Shepherd, and The Garden of Gethsemane.
“The church with a heart in the heart of Massillon,” as the St. John’s congregation dubbed itself, welcomes everyone for its fellowship and worship. They reach out to those in need through their “Heart Ministry,” a clothing and hot lunch program, and share their genealogical records through the Massillon Public Library.
Directions: Cross First Street Southeast, walking west toward the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Viaduct, which you can see in the distance. Travel three blocks to the corner of Second Street Southwest, to get a close-up look at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church.