First United Methodist Church of Ravenna

 263 S Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio, 44266

Our Mission: To make new disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world.
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Ministers

History of Ravenna's Methodist Ministers
Numerous pastors served from 1802 – 2012. This list includes the earliest itinerant (traveling) pastors from the Deerfield Circuit. Deerfield’s Methodist ministers served Ravenna’s first Methodists. Many of these early circuit-riding preachers were assigned in groups of up to three with one being called the “Presiding Elder”. They would often alternate Sunday preaching with neighboring communities such as Hudson, Franklin (Kent), Deerfield, etc.

Infrequently, a missionary served Ravenna from the Connecticut Society of Home Missions. In the very early days, denomination, sect and particular belief were all dropped; immersion and sprinkling were not thought of, and the ridged Predestination and the absolute Free-Willer clasped hands round the alter of the Lord.

Not all preachers from the Deerfield circuit are listed. In 1824, parishioners of the Deerfield church were in dispute as to who were members and who were not. To solve the dispute, one of the preachers took the church records and threw them into the fire. He then told them that if they wanted to be members, they would have to join all over again. Unfortunately, the dates of service of some of the early circuit riding preachers were lost.

Circuit riders rarely stayed more than a few years. Of the 50 some who served Ravenna, up to 1900, 19 of them became Presiding Elders, this being comparable to the District Superintendent today.

- Richard Rufener, Church Historian


Pastors

Year

Presiding Elders

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Rev. William Shewell*

1802

Rev. Charles Elliott*

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Shadrach Bostwick*

1803

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Alfred Brunson*

1821

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Ezra Booth*

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B. O. Plimpton*

1824

Ira P. Eddy*

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Cornelus Jones*

1830-1831

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John N. Maffet*

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Thomas Carr*

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John Wesley Hill*

Ravenna Methodist Church

Organized

March 27th 1831

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John W. Hill*

1832

- Peter Horton*
- Ira Eddy*
- John W. McLean* 1833
- Aurora Callender* 1834 William Stevens
- Hiram Gilmore* 1835
- William Stevens 1836
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W. S. Warallo

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Edward J. Kinsey

1837

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William Stevens

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Alfred G. Stearns

1838

William Stevens

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E. J. L. Baker

- Alfred G. Stearns 1839
- William F. Wilson
- L.D. Mix 1840
- D. M. Sterns
- L. D. Mix 1841
- William H. Hentler 1842
- John McLean 1843 Billings O. Plimpton
- Benjamin K. Maltby 1844
- Samuel Gregg 1845 Timothy Goodwin
- E. C. Thomas 1846-1847
- John Bain 1848 John C. Ayres
- Arthur M. Brown 1849-1850 H. N. Sterns
- John H. Ebbert
- Thomas Stubbs 1851-1852
- 1852 William Hunter
* Deerfield Circuit Preachers
- Ezra Jones 1853 Albina Hall
- J. R. Locke 1854
- George W. Clarke 1855-1856
- John D. Norton 1857-1858 Samuel Gregg
- E. J. L. Baker 1859-1860
- William F. Day 1861-1862 Moses Hill
- E. S. Gillett 1863
- John J. Tribby 1864-1866
- 1865 John Graham
- J. M. Green 1867
- R. M. Warren 1868-1870 James Greer
- William F. Day 1871
- G. W. Gray 1872-1873
- 1873 John Tribby
- Harvey Webb 1874
- George W. Clarke 1875
- C. V. Wilson 1876-1878
- 1877 A. D. Morton
- R. F. Randolph 1879-1881
- R. M. Freshwater 1882-1884
- W. L. Slutz 1885-1886
- Earl D. Holtz 1887-1888
- Ezra Hingsley 1889
- J. H. Hollingshead 1890-1891
- H. D. Stauffer 1892-1894
- T. F. Phillips 1895-1898
- E. G. Moore 1899-1900
- J. N. Orin 1901 (Last Four Months)
- C. M. Hollett 1901
- Elmer E. Whittaker 1902-1905
- Dr. James S. Reager 1906-1908
- W. L. Telford
- William S. Rowe 1909-1911
- J. W. Dowds 1912-1913 (and half of 1914)
- C. H. Hauger 1915-1919 (from March on)
- Edwin R. Romig 1919-1924
- C. W. Danford 1924-1926
- George W. Orcutt 1926-1928
- David E. Scott 1928-1932
- L. B. Bradrick 1932-1936
J. H. Sivard 1936-1939
Earl R. Henderson 1940-1946
Joseph Priestley 1946-1948
Harry J. Young 1948-1953
Glenn L. Tennell 1953-1958
W. W. Grant (assoc.) 1955
John L. Clark 1958-1961
Donald E. Barss 1961-1972
Tracy Lewis (assoc.) 1961-1962
Stanley D. Wallace (ap.) 1965
William C. Snowball 1972-1978
Vergil A. Hertzberger 1978-1984
Ron Mowry 1984-1996
Bruce Hartley (assoc.) 1985-1986
Gary Carlson (assoc.) 1986
Michael Denton (assoc.) 1988
Karen Upson (assoc.) 1993
Donald Upson (assoc.) 1993
Bill Grant 1996-1997
Thomas W. Poremba 1997-2006

Vernon White (Pastor of

Visitation)

Robert Scott Purdum 2006-2011
Marvin Brown (Interm) 2011
Stephen T. Sparling 2012-