Stained glass saved in church demolition


By Josh Ellerbrock - [email protected]



The roof collapses on Godճ House Church during the churchճ demolition on Tuesday morning. The church was built in 1898 at a cost of $10,000.  Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

The roof collapses on Godճ House Church during the churchճ demolition on Tuesday morning. The church was built in 1898 at a cost of $10,000. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News


Pastor Dennis Kline of Godճ House church holds the only section of stain glass portrait removed from the church of a founding father of the United Brethren Church before the start of the churchճ demolition on Tuesday morning.  Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

Pastor Dennis Kline of Godճ House church holds the only section of stain glass portrait removed from the church of a founding father of the United Brethren Church before the start of the churchճ demolition on Tuesday morning. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News


LIMA — While the church at 201 S. Union St. is no more after Tuesday morning, at least one piece survived — a stained glass pane depicting what may be one of the church’s founders.

The piece was pulled from the church hours before its demolition at roughly 9 a.m. when the touch from a backhoe bucket caused its roof to collapse. By late afternoon, the church was little more than a pile of rabble.

Pastor Dennis Kline, minister of the last congregation to use the church, said he isn’t sure who the glass depicts, but he plans to bring the piece to the headquarters of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, located in Huntington, Ind., to identify the man dressed in 19th century garb.

Kline guessed that the piece depicts Phillip William Otterbein, one of two founders of the original United Brethren in Christ Church.

Workers from the demolition team of Hume Supply, Inc. also saved a few of the stained glass “petals” that originally bounded the glass portrait of the man.

As for the rest of the church, the demolition destroyed the remaining historical artifacts located inside. Prior to demolition, the building was deemed to dangerous to enter due to structural deficiencies.

Its current owners, Sonshine Ministries, abandoned the building in July 2017 after it became too dangerous to continue using. Kline said he had been working with insurance to pay for needed repairs when structural damage became too extensive last week.

The 10,000 square-foot building had been constructed in 1898 by the United Brethren Church. Prior to its role as the church for Sonshine Ministries, or God’s House, it had also housed the First United Methodist Church.

The streets around 201 S. Union St. had been closed by the City of Lima prior to demolition, as the initial collapse caused bricks and other rubble to travel far from the church site.

The roof collapses on Godճ House Church during the churchճ demolition on Tuesday morning. The church was built in 1898 at a cost of $10,000. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/03/web1_Church-Demo_02co.jpgThe roof collapses on Godճ House Church during the churchճ demolition on Tuesday morning. The church was built in 1898 at a cost of $10,000. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
Pastor Dennis Kline of Godճ House church holds the only section of stain glass portrait removed from the church of a founding father of the United Brethren Church before the start of the churchճ demolition on Tuesday morning. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/03/web1_Church-Demo_01co.jpgPastor Dennis Kline of Godճ House church holds the only section of stain glass portrait removed from the church of a founding father of the United Brethren Church before the start of the churchճ demolition on Tuesday morning. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

By Josh Ellerbrock

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