Where We Pray: New church Christ the King connects with millennials in two Cincinnati locations

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

Christ the King Church

Address: 333 Warner Street, Cincinnati (Uptown) and 1715 Beacon Street, Mt. Washington
Website: Christthekingcincinnati.com
Denomination: Baptist
Top Clergy: Michael Clary (lead pastor); Doug Shell (executive pastor); Dustin Nimmo (campus pastor, Christ the King, Mt. Washington) MORE
Size of congregation: Average weekly attendance is about 350 people.
Core Beliefs: The church is “gospel centered,” which means parishioners believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the central hope as Christians.

Mission statement : “We exist to reconcile people to God and to each other through Jesus Christ.”



Christ the King Church was founded in January 2010 by lead pastor Michael Clary and executive pastor Doug Shell with about 30 members. Interested an urban church, the leaders originally started meeting in a rented gym at the Corryville Recreation Center . The church grew to more than 100 members in the first year.

During this time, church members invested heavily in building relationships with people in Corryville by launching a summer block party, which drew more than 600 neighbors, and starting a mentorship program for neighborhood kids hosted at the rec center. The church has also developed a working relationship with City Gospel Mission and campus organizations at UC. Through its outreach efforts, the church continued to grow.

Fairview Baptist Church agreed to rent office space to Christ the King since the building was not being used during the week. The church and its pastor Glenn Davidson decided to donate its building on Warner Street to Christ the King. The church acquired the property in May 2012 and held its first services in August of that year.

In January 2014, Nimmo and 30 members started a new location in Mt. Washington, at 1715 Beacon Street. This congregation is gradually growing.

“One thing that people often remark about our church is the youth of the people coming. Our church is comprised largely of college students or millennials, urban professionals and new couples starting families. Beyond this, our desire is to reflect God’s heart for diversity. Our church is committed to racial, economic, and generational diversity.” - Pastor Michael Clary  Connect with Pastor Clary on Twitter

"What to expect at CTK"

The church website highlights several features and elements that will appeal to young worshippers, including:

  1. Live music
  2. CTK Kids discipleship program
  3. Freshly brewed Carabello Coffee
  4. 90-minute services

Sunday Services

  • Uptown: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Mt. Washington: 10:00 a.m.
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