The Church of the Brethren, founded in 1708, is a New Testament Church that follows the teaching of Jesus and emphasizes believing and belonging, spirituality and service, faith and faithful living.
Brethren share many of the orthodox beliefs held by other Christians, including:
- the authority of the Bible as our rule of faith and practice
- the belief that God exists in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- the virgin birth, earthly ministry, death, resurrection and ultimate return of Jesus
- the state of the human race and the nature of sin; the belief that faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior is the only way to have an eternal, saving relationship with God
- that we are to go into the world and make disciples.
About East Nimishillen
East Nimishillen Church was founded in 1804 by John Gans and is the oldest surviving church in Lake Township. Its earliest members were mostly farmers of German descent who came to Stark County because of the fertile soil. In its earliest days, services were regularly at two week intervals in the barns and homes of twenty-five of its members. Because many of the families traveled long distance by horseback, the congregation divided into two, the second congregation becoming Center Church in Louisville. The current church building was built in 1856 on land donated by the family of the church founder.
Its Brethren roots go back to 1708 in Germany and founder Alexander Mack who organized them around Pietist and Anabaptist ideals. The Church of the Brethren is historically a pacifist denomination, making a strong stance for non-resistance.
The Church of the Brethren is a non-creedal denomination, meaning we hold no church creeds as authoritative except the New Testament itself.