“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. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” John 15:5-6 (NASB)
The North End Church of Christ originated in the summer of 1944, having begun from the Lynn Street Church. On Sunday, September 8, 1944, about 75 members met to worship for the first time in a house they had purchased and remodeled on the corner of 32nd Street and Central Avenue. The first baptism was brother, Dale Dotson, now of the Lubeck Church of Christ, who was baptized on that first Sunday. Their first full time preacher was brother F. S. Harper, who worked with them from 1946 to 1949. The first elders were Fred Morlan, A. M. Cooper, and Jess Cooper.
In 1952, the congregation constructed a new meetinghouse on the corner of West Virginia Avenue and Willard Street. In 1959, the building was expanded and remodeled to accommodate the growing congregation. Since that time, the building has undergone two major renovations, including a gabled roof and provisions for future expansions. The present building will seat approximately 475 with 20 rooms for classes, offices, library and nursery.
In November 1961, another congregation started from North End with about 80 members and two newly appointed elders. It is presently known as the Rosemar Road Church of Christ. Before this new group started, North End was averaging 265 in Sunday morning worship and contributions averaged $435.00 per week. In 1965, Sunday morning attendance averaged 225 with weekly contributions of $550.00. Today the average attendance is 200 with weekly contributions of $4,575.00.
The following preachers have served the congregation from its inception: F. S. Harper (1946-49), Doug LaCourse (1949-50), Tom W. Butterfield (1951-53), R. C. Oliver (1953-57), Ross Swindler (1958-60), Don Gardner and Leon Matheny (1960-63), Tom Gaumer (1963-66), Jerry Alderson (1966-67), John Miller (1967-77), Wirt Cook (1977-1995), Eddie Cooper (1995-2007), Steven Haguewood (2007-2021) and Mark Aites (2022-Present).
The church has had seven youth ministers with Dean Stanley working with the congregation from 1988 to 1990, Chris Mullins from the spring of 1989 to 1996, Perry Brown from 1993 to 1994, Eric Dougherty from 1996 to 1999, Dave Martin from 1999 to 2008, Tyler Smith from 2008 to 2012 and Kipp Ferrebee from 2013 to 2017.
Also, the following men have served as student ministers: Dick Bartrug 1974-1976, Larry Krause 1976-1979, Steve McIntire 1979-1980, David Lauer 1980-1983, Jeff Bryson 1983-1985, Christopher Haguewood in 2015, Austin Woodfin in 2019, and Jesse Eaton 2021-2022.
At the present time, four elders oversee the work at North End: Mark Berry, David Hamm, Randy Meredith and Harvey West. The congregation has thirteen deacons, which serve in various capacities in the work of the church.
The congregation has served the spiritual and benevolent needs of Parkersburg for over seventy years, as well as many foreign mission areas. Our aim is to be an even greater influence in the cause of Christ in the future.