SYCAMORE CHURCH IS...

...an 1100 member PCUSA congregation situated in the heart of one of Cincinnati's fastest growing suburbs.

Our journey began when Rev. Adam Rankin preached the first Associate Reformed sermon in the Northwest Territory in 1794.  Rev. Robert Warwick founded the church in 1796 and formally organized it in 1798 as the Mill Creek Congregation (near Glendale).  Denominationally the church began as Associate Reformed and became United Presbyterian of North America in 1858.  Today we are part of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

A founder and one of our first two elders was a young surveyor, Jeremiah Morrow, who served as elder for over fifty years. He became a State Senator, member of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and Governor of Ohio from 1822-26.

From our original location we journeyed eastward to a site near Sycamore Creek from which the church derived its present name. In 1848, at its fourth and present location on Mason Road in Symmes Township, a single-room brick structure was built, serving as our primary building for more than 100 years. Now part of a much larger complex it continues to serve the congregation as a chapel. In 1998 the chapel was renovated in honor of our 150th anniversary. The original building is registered as "American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site, #11."

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A long succession of students, part-time preachers, and pastors served Sycamore Church for short periods.

During 1949 and 1950 a young seminary student named Theodore Kalsbeek served as summer student pastor and, in 1951, Rev. Kalsbeek was called as our pastor and served in that role more than 40 years.  Under his leadership Sycamore Church grew from thirty worshippers in that one-room country church with wood stoves and outhouses, to a congregation of over 1100 members and an extensive church campus.

On March 21, 2004 the congregation unanimously called the Rev. Dr. Larry Kent, who had previously served in multiple pastoral positions at First Presbyterian Church of Flint, Michigan, to be the installed Head of Staff. He began his role as Senior Pastor on June 20, 2004 .

Under the leadership of Rev. Kent the church has broadened its mission and its ministry to the congregation and the community.

Sycamore Church hosts two services every Sunday morning, a vibrant Church School serving infants through Senior High students, classes for adults at various times of the week, and lay leadership supporting the many activities for all age groups.

Then Jesus said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." The journey of faith always begins with Jesus. Wherever you may be, join us on the journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.





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