Our Story

The story of our church has roots that go back to the mid 1800’s when one of the first missionaries arrived in Jay County at a time when the countryside was still mostly wild and untamed. Rev. Isaac Taylor arrived in Wabash Township in 1840 at the request of M.P. Montgomery. Montgomery was part of a small settlement of Christians in the area and was instrumental in organizing this group of believers. The first meeting house (Limberlost Church) was located east of Westchester and included a church and cemetery. This was built in 1841 and was one of the first churches in Jay County. It was later abandoned in 1862.

In 1901, Rev. Allie Sipe and these local Christians reorganized and chartered a new church in the nearby small rural community of Westchester. At the time, Westchester had a grocery store, post office, blacksmith, schoolhouse and a roadhouse (hotel). In 1902, a sanctuary was erected for a cost of $1,700 and used donated lumber from the old Limberlost Church. Land for the church was donated by Philip and Sarah Stolz, who were also charter members of the newly founded church. The church was located on the NE corner of county roads 450 E and 400 N until 1953 when it was moved to its present location on the SW corner of the intersection.

The Church at Westchester has been a light at these crossroads since 1901. Our church logo, stylized to represent the cross and the crossroads, can also be viewed as a juncture, intersection and turning point. We believe the cross and all it represents is the most important juncture in a person’s life when they receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. Come out and join us on the crossroads where we are Christ Centered, Spirit Led and Kingdom Focused.


Being Christ centered is of the utmost importance. He is the head of the body; the alpha and the omega. Apart from Him, we can do nothing.

Colossians 1:15-20
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in Heaven.”

John 15: 4-5
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”


Being Spirit Led is crucial in discerning the Lord’s voice and will for His church.

Romans 12:2
“Stop imitating the ideas and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”


Being Kingdom Focused is commanded by Jesus. We are to make disciples of all nations.

Matthew 28: 18-20
“Then Jesus came close to them and said “All authority of the universe has been given to me. Now wherever you go, make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.”

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