Where We Pray: Church of the Living God in Avondale has national reach, but very personal message

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.

Church of the Living God

Location: 434 Forest Ave., Cincinnati (Avondale)
Denomination: Non-denominational
Top Clergy: Pastor Ennis F. Tait
Size of Congregation: 200
Affiliations: Church of the Living God, Christian Workers for Fellowship

Church of the Living God was organized in Cincinnati in 1914 by Bishop Marcellus Ross and his wife, Evangelist L.B. Ross. Bishop Ross built a church on Carlisle Avenue. MORE HISTORY

The Church of the Living God is a family of believers who seek to be drawn closer to the Lord, Jesus Christ so that together it can build the Kingdom of God.

Church of the Living God , a nondenominational church that was founded in Cincinnati, is now home to the national headquarters of the church, Christian Workers for Fellowship. Yet, while its reach may be national, the church’s message is very personal.

“We embrace people no matter who they are or what their background, because of what Christ has taught us and what he means to us,” said Pastor Ennis Tait.

“People come to our church because of the power of the Word of God," he said. "He preaches in a way that people can understand, grow from and apply to their everyday lives.

"I believe people come here because they are looking for hope and a new direction in their lives," Tait said.

Rosalind Strunk, 41, a stay-at-home mom who is separated from her husband, found that to be true in her life. Struck (pictured below) said the pastor and close church friends acted as a sounding board for her when things got tough.

"They really did help me through the bad parts," she said.

Originally from Oklahoma, Strunk was a member of a Church of the Living God there before moving here. She believes, "It is our responsibility to share God with others,” and says the church’s message reaches even the very young, including her son Aydin, age six.

"He shares with me that God is with us," said Strunk.

Outreach ministry

Pastor Tait said outreach is important to the church. 

“We are active in the community which allows us to interact with the community we serve and let them know we care about them."

That outreach takes the form of weekly prayer walks in Avondale, praying for and encouraging residents. The church also hosts a neighborhood-wide Back to School Carnival the first Saturday in August, as well as community dinners.

Girls in third through 12th grades get lessons in etiquette, self-worth, respect and hygiene.

The church’s official outreach ministry is through Project Nehemiah, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to rebuild healthy lifestyles of faith, marriage, family and community through education and training specifically designed to restore morals and values abandoned by society.

Established in 2006, Project Nehemiah provides:

  • Quarterly educational training
  • Development and certification in marriage counseling and parenting
  • Employment training, violence prevention and intervention
  • Training for financial stability, healthy living and family restoration

SERVICES: Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 

Connect with Church of the Living God: Phone (513) 221-1685 & Facebook

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