Our History

Old_LibertyIn 2010, Liberty celebrated 200 years of worship and service on the banks of the Olentangy River.

In 1810, eight members of the Thomas & Sarah Cellar extended family, plus Leonard Monroe, organized Liberty Presbyterian Church. For its first 26 years, Liberty shared a pastor and Session with the Presbyterian congregations in Delaware and Radnor.

In 1820, Thomas’ sons George and John built the wood-frame meeting house that is still used as our chapel, situated beside the settlers’ cemetery. (The chapel is the oldest continuously-used worship building in Delaware County.) Liberty became a stand-alone congregation in 1836.

Hebrews 12:1-2
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, … let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” For most of its history, Liberty has been a small, quiet church situated in a stable farming community (being recognized twice as a “Rural Church of Distinction”).

By the late 1960s, the growth of Columbus’ suburbs began to impact the church; the congregation continued to increase over the next three decades, culminating in the building of our Barn sanctuary (1995), which changed Liberty into a large regional church. Embracing, integrating and shaping our fast-changing community is Liberty’s great opportunity over the next twenty-five years.

As we look forward to our third century, Liberty is committed to deepening our Christian discipleship particularly in the areas of mission, ministry with children & youth, and adult spiritual growth.