Who We Are
At PEACE we love God – make no mistake about that. At PEACE we believe in God’s radical unconditional, and unwavering love for us. We believe Jesus is God. We also affirm that you may or may not affirm that Jesus is God. We’re not asking you to change your belief system before you attend our church. We are simply inviting you on a journey toward Jesus. For years churches have placed a high priority on Jesus as the get out hell free card. At our church we place the highest priority on Jesus as a live life to the fullest invitation. At PEACE we believe every person has a dream deep inside their hearts, and that God put that dream there, not for our glory but for his. Read more
At PEACE we’re not concerned with where you’ve been, but where you’re going. We believe that the bible is God’s word. It is real, living and active. We believe that people who don’t go to church anywhere are not the enemy, they are real people who need the perfect love that only God can give. And we believe that God gives this love through of all people – us.
At PEACE we do not and will not display a holier than thou attitude toward anyone. We are all broken people but he is putting us back together. And finally and most importantly we believe that Jesus really lived, that he really died on the cross and that he really rose again on the third day. And we cannot and will not candy coat or water down that message – ever. Today, you’ve chosen to sit yourself in the middle of a very safe place to hear a potentially dangerous message. Welcome to our church…
Our mission is to transform people into fully submitted followers of Christ who love God and others more.
At PEACE, it is our joy to GO into the world meeting the needs of hurting and lost people sharing the good news of the Christ with them, to welcome and to BAPTIZE them into the fellowship of His family, and to TEACH them to become radically submitted followers who live out His purpose for their lives in order to love God and others more.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
is to become a church:
- that never exists for itself but simply exists for Jesus and the world
- that unapologetically offers Jesus love and grace to the lost, hurting and oppressed
- that unashamedly shares the Good News through word and deed with every person living 20 minutes from our church
- that transforms thousands of people unaware of Christ into fully submitted followers of him
- that changes ourselves, our church, our community and our world
- that brings God’s kingdom here on earth and that prepares thousands of people to live for Christ sharing in His mission for the world and fulfilling His plan for their life
- and that prepares thousands of people to live for Christ sharing in His mission for the world and fulfilling His plan for their life
- God’s Purposes
As a United Methodist church we are part of the larger body of Christian believers. We are one denomination among many, each having unique gifts and emphasis. There are over 37,000 United Methodist Churches in the US alone. Read more
As United Methodist we believe that the living core of Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience and confirmed by reason. These four areas guide our life, help us make decisions and are the criteria for our beliefs. First and foremost Scripture is primary, revealing the Word of God to us. All other aspects of our faith must line up with this. Second, Tradition provides both a source and a measure of authentic Christian witness, as long as it remains faithful to the Biblical message. Third, our own human Experience adds flesh to our beliefs and applies them into daily living. Fourth, Reason qualifies our beliefs so that we do not blindly chase after every wind and doctrine. The interaction of these four areas allows United Methodists to be confident that what we believe makes sense in life.
For more than 200 years the United Methodist Church and it’s predecessor bodies have expressed concern for the sick, the poor, the orphaned, the aging, the impaired, the oppressed and the imprisoned. Our founder John Wesley’s (1703-1791) spiritual emphasis included:
- A faith that is both informed and warmly experienced
- A religion that is intensely personal but must be shared with others
- A concern for the spiritual, physical, and social concerns of all persons
Therefore as a United Methodist Church we share a rich heritage with others and a strong faith in Christ. We are a diverse community, who is ecumenical in nature, mission-oriented, socially conscious, involved and evangelical. These qualities have guided millions of people into a meaningful and wonderful relationship with God.
At PEACE Church we believe every person is created by God to be in relationship with Him and to live out His purpose for their lives. Each of us has a unique set of gifts, abilities, interests and experiences that can be used for God’s kingdom. It is our goal as a church to help everyone discover their God-given purpose and live it out in the world. Only as we embrace God’s plan for our lives will we truly feel fulfilled. PEACE is not about filling slots; it is about fulfilling God’s mission. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Read more
At PEACE church we are a friendly group of people who truly care for one another. Our fellowship is much like a family that values community, informality, fun, and commitment. PEACE is a place where you can be yourself and be accepted. Through small groups like Sunday school classes, Bible studies and fellowship groups we build trusting relationships that allow us to know one another and to be known. We encourage one another, lift each other up, forgive one another, and love each other; always striving to become more like Jesus. “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you.” Romans 15:7 (NRSV) “that the members should have the same care for one another” 1 Corinthians 12:25
At PEACE church we are a diverse group of people growing together in the Lord. We realize that we don’t have it all together, nor do we pretend to. Rather, we understand that all of us make mistakes and everyone can be forgiven. Our goal is to continually mature in the faith regardless of our backgrounds, our abilities, our economic status or our station in life. For in Christ we recognize that there are no barriers and that He loves us all. We celebrate our uniqueness as well as His greatness in all that we do. “Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand.” 2 Corinthians 10:15 (NIV)
PEACE church can be traced back to October 1811 when five families that had settled in the Pickerington area joined the Delaware Circuit of the Methodist Church and became the first church in Violet Township. Meetings were held in barns and a log cabin school until the first Meeting House was built in 1833 at the corner of Church and Cross Streets in Olde Village Pickerington. Circuit rider pastors served multiple churches in the area until 1918 when Pickerington and Brice Methodist Churches became a charge. As the congregation grew a new church building was built on the same corner in 1883 and then again in 1951. In 1961 on our 150th year PEACE became a single point charge under one pastor. In 1968 Methodist Episcopal denomination and the Evangelical United Brethren denomination merged to form the United Methodist Church. It was during this time that the church changed it’s name to PEACE United Methodist church. The church continued to grow and in 1975 an education wing was added to the facility at the corner of Church and Cross Streets to alleviate crowding in the Sunday school. Read more
As Pickerington continued to grow, so did our congregation. There was no longer enough room on the historic site at Church and Cross Streets to make room for our growing congregation. In 1996, thirty-one acres of land were purchased at 235 Diley Road. Building plans were made and groundbreaking was held October 1997. Lots of rain from November 1997 through April 1998 slowed the building process. During construction, our congregation worshiped for 17 months across the street at the Pickerington Elementary School, and four portable units were used on our church property for offices, meetings and Sunday school for grades 3 through 12. On February 14, 1999, our first worship service was held in the current building. In April 2001 construction was begun on the educational wings that were completed by October 2001 in time for our 190th anniversary. The 200th Anniversary Celebration of our church was held on October 16, 2012.
For over 200 years PEACE church has been a vital presence in Pickerington and the surrounding communities. Lives have been changed and the Kingdom has been advanced. We invite you to join us to impact the future with God’s grace in even greater ways than we have impacted the past.
The Past, The Present, The Promise
Peace United Methodist Church Bicentennial Celebration – 1811 – 2011 History Book completed at the conclusion of our 200th Anniversary is available from the church office for $20.00 each.