Bethany United Methodist Church first began meeting in 1809, in a wood cabin adjacent to the Springhill Cemetery on Princeton Road. As the first Methodist Church in Butler county, they were pastored by Methodist circuit riders, riding horseback from settlement to settlement, preaching, teaching, and baptizing new Christians.
Over the years the church grew and moved to new gathering sites. John Beatty, owner of “Beatty’s Tavern,” a local respite for travelers located at the corner of Cincinnati-Dayton and Milliken roads, offered his site as a Methodist meeting place.
In 1849 the church moved to the west side of Cincinnati-Dayton Road, opposite the church campus’s current location. 1875 brought about the construction of the current white brick sanctuary.
An educational wing (with indoor plumbing!) was built in 1965. In 1995 the church campus was expanded to include additional space for worship and fellowship, consisting of classrooms as well as the current lobby area, now called “The Gathering Place.” Construction of the Family Life Center and parking lot expansion was completed in 2009.
We thank God for the beautiful church campus He has provided, and those who have gone before us to build and maintain this place to gather, but the most important part of Bethany United Methodist Church’s history is 200 plus years of leading persons of all ages to:
- Know God’s saving love through Jesus Christ
- Grow with each other by loving, supporting, and encouraging one another as a church body; and
- Showing the world God’s love by meeting needs in the surrounding communities, in the nation, and in the world.
We look forward to that which the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow has in store for the future!
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5