A small brick church on Oxford Pike will be celebrating a big feat on Sunday, October 13 — turning 195 years old.

An excerpt from the Franklin County Atlas of 1882 states: “In 1824, Mr. Thomas Upjohn came west from Oxford on the Oxford road and held preaching services in the home of David McCaw.”

Records from the Franklin Recorder's Office indicate this group of people organized as the Springfield Methodist Episcopal Church on March 30, 1837. The first church building was a modest, rough frame building located in the center of Springfield Cemetery.

The land for the current church building was deeded to the trustees of the church and cemetery which included David McCaw, Daniel Shafer, John Barbour, James Shera, Joseph Miles, Henry Shafer and Francis Barbour on June 23, 1846.

At the close of the Civil War, work began on the present building. The church was completed and dedicated in the summer of 1865. Springfield Church, along with Mt. Carmel, Asbury, and Wesley Chapel churches, were together on what was known as the Mt. Carmel Charge. The parsonage was located in Mt. Carmel. In 1919, the church became part of the Bath-Springfield Charge.

In 1949, some large-scale improvements were considered by the congregation, and in 1951, a new chancel – the part of the church near the altar reserved for the clergy and choir -- was added to the north end of the building, and an educational unit and kitchen were also added.

In 2014, when many Methodist churches were being sold, several members of the community and descendants of the original church were able to purchase the building and turned it into Springfield Community Church. Nancy Miles is one of the members. Her husband, James, is related to one of the original members of the church.

“Just the age is pretty phenomenal,” said Miles. “Most churches never last that long.”

Since the purchase of the building, they have been able to do many renovations including adding air conditioning and a bathroom on the first floor. The congregation worships on Sunday evenings and is described as
interdenominational. Miles said their goal is to continue what the original founders began — serving Christ in their local community.

A program and worship will be held at the church on Sunday, October 13, at 1:30 p.m. The program will feature descendants of the original members including some who are very gifted singers. There will also be former pastors of the church and a presentation of the history of the church. The program is open to anyone, and anyone interested in the luncheon should contact Miles at edgewoodfarmevents@gmail.com.