Where We Pray: Mt. Carmel Christian Church members plan a legacy of caring and generosity

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.

Mt. Carmel Christian Church

Address: 4183 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Cincinnati

“It is our hope that one day when sociologists do a study of the people of the Eastgate area,
they will notice that it was the place where marriages and families were strong; crime was
down; compassion, generosity and caring was up; It was a hot bed for honest, diligent and
talented workers. In their research, they will identify that the faithful ministry of Mount Carmel
Christian Church was a major reason for their discovery.” 
– John “Didi” Bacon

Website: Mtcarmelchurch.org
Denomination: Non-Denominational
Top Clergy: John “Didi” Bacon, Senior Minister; Arlan Howard, Growth Minister; Rick Anderson,
Worship Minister
Size of Congregation: 800

  • Core Beliefs: Love God with passion; love each other with joy; take love to our neighbors

Affiliations: Christian Churches, Churches of Christ


It all began one icy Sunday morning in 1968. The temperature dropped to -13 F. Six families living on Beechmont Drive who attended the Columbia Church of Christ could not get their cars to start, so they met that day in one of their homes. It was then that they realized the need for a church closer to their community.

In July that year, 60 people left Columbia Church of Christ and started a new congregation, worshipping at
at Glen Este Middle School. During the summer, families hosted Vacation Bible School in their homes. The first name of the church was “Clough Heights Church of Christ.” The families had hoped to purchase land on Clough Pike. Those plans fell through.

Land became available through the sale of the old Behymer Farm. The church purchased five acres on Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road in 1970. Worship was held in the old farmhouse located on the property. 

In 1973, the first church building was built. Growth continued, and in 1988 the church expanded at a new facility. Growth and expansion continued--with construction to provide more room in 1999 and in 2003. In that year, the congregation adopted the name Mt. Carmel Christian Church. 

Ministry & community

Every other month Senior Minister John “Didi” Bacon hosts an open house, where you can learn about Mt. Carmel’s beliefs, ministry philosophy, church history, leadership structure and membership expectations. The next open house is March 19, at 7:00 p.m.

  • CONTACT: (513) 528-0230 or info@mtcarmelchurch.org

Mt. Carmel Christian Church members take part in a variety of activities, including:

  • Women's Bible Study (weekly)
  • 360 degree faith (A journey through the book of James)
  • Discover University (a series of courses)
  • Sunday night worship for students

In June, members of the congregation can contribute to the church's trip to Haiti "on an exciting adventure through direct participation, prayer, or financial support."  MORE: Learn about the church's activities

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