Where We Pray: Anderson Hills Christian Church has motto, 'When we say all are welcome, we mean all'

ANDERSON TWP., Ohio - 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.

Anderson Hills Christian Church 

  • Address: 8119 Clough Pike, Cincinnati
  • Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Top Clergy: Pastor Liz DeWeese
  • Size of Congregation: Average worship around 50-60
  • Affiliations: The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. 

Core Beliefs: "Disciples of Christ is a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, the church welcomes all to the Lord’s Table."

The church has no creed but Christ. Members believe that Jesus is the Christ, son of the living God, and he is the savior. Everything else is for members to discern through prayer, discussion, worship, study of scripture, service and stewardship.

Central to a relationship to Christ is communion (The Lord’s Supper) which the church shares every
Sunday with anyone who wants to receive it; and baptism by immersion which is a moment for
individuals to proclaim their faith and to welcome God’s response to that proclamation.

The church is Christ-centered; developing faith; finding its foundation in scripture;
growing relationships; open to all; compassionate; and living in service.

Vision Statement:

The church is filled with disciples of Christ, woven together by grace, called to God’s living vision: They will fulfill Christ’s ministry by humbly and intentionally serving all people with love. MORE

About the church:

The church has been in Anderson for more than 50 years and is proud to continue its ministry in the community.

As a small church, Anderson Hills Christian offers an intimate setting where close relationships can be formed.

Pastor Liz DeWeese says, "When we say all are welcome, we mean all. We hope to meet you where you are and help you grow in faith on your journey. We want to change lives, and bring hope to those who have lost it. We are excited about the irresistible love we find in God’s amazing grace, and we want to share that hope with you, and together with our community and the world."

Pastor for more than five years, DeWeese noted that some churches are desperate to keep young parishioners, viewing them as new blood. Anderson Hills offers a Junior Worship service for elementary through fifth grades as well as hosts a young adult ministry, which has featured a trip to the zoo and a murder mystery party.

She said Anderson Hills wants to play a significant role in the community where its core values change lives.

"We want to be better stewards of the building."

While many churches sit empty during the day in the week, Anderson Hills will actively look for community ministries not only to make use of the space, but also to partner with them.

The Disciples are unique, according to DeWeese, because they are encouraged to think for themselves and the Bible, as opposed to following the word of the pastor.

One member's view

Long-time member and now moderator of the board, John Heeney, 78, says, " I am a member of Disciples of Christ because my family has always been a member of the denomination."

Now retired, but owner of his own private investigator business, he even graduated from a Disciplines of Christ college, Phillips University in Enid, Okla. 

Although he originally lived in Anderson, Heeney and his wife Mary now reside in Batavia Township. When he did live in Anderson, he found the closest Disciples of Christ church and began attending Anderson Hills in 1979. At that time, he was impressed by the pastor and the congregation, who were friendly and welcomed the family with open arms. As moderator (chair) of the board, Heeney often hears comments about how friendly the church is in receiving new members.

Early in his church career, he assumed leadership positions, continuing to this day. Heeney cites the future of Anderson Hills with new ideas and improvement for spreading the word of God.

"The congregation has to be ready to move forward," said Heeney. 

Community outreach

Every year the church invites the community to its annual Turkey Dinner in early November.

Al-anon meets at the church every Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. Al-anon is a 12 step support group for
family members and friends of alcoholics and addicts. It is an open anonymous meeting.

The church charters Cub Scout Pack 476 affiliated with Summit Elementary School.

The church hosts some of the Inter Parish Ministry Mobile Pantries , an opportunity to support those in need of food.. 

A stuffed animal drive for Air Care Cincinnati was held as a way of offering comfort to children in the midst of crisis.

Church members cook and deliver hot meals to City Gospel Mission every month to feed homeless

people in Cincinnati.

There is a Vacation Bible Schools in Anderson in cooperation with Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church--hosting around 200 children and more than 100 adult volunteers each June.

Worship Services:

  • Sundays: 10:30 a.m.
  • Nursery available
  • Every fourth Sunday: Family service

For more information, call (513) 474-2237.

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