The History of Way of the Cross Church
Way of the Cross Church began as a vision in the hearts of Rev. and Mrs. William and Alma Loudermilk. The first church service, in a humble store building located at the corner of Clover and Quitman Streets in Dayton, Ohio, took place on Sunday, September 27, 1959. After a brief period in that storefront building, the growing congregation moved to the old Wayne Avenue theatre building.

The Lord continued to bless the church service and many souls were added to the Kingdom of God. Rev. Loudermilk preached fiery sermons, many prayers were prayed, and as a result many miracles took place. People were saved from terrible life-styles, and healings of various natures– ranging from cancer to mental breakdowns – took place.
People, who were in great need, walked into that building and found help from the Holy Spirit and from the friendship offered by Christians.

Needing a more permanent address from which to grow and expand, the Church purchased another old building in need of restoration. A former meat market at 5289 Huberville Road in Riverside, Ohio, was destined to become part of the Church history.

The year was 1961, and in no time at all the hard-working, small congregation transformed the old meat market into a beautiful House of Worship.
The new sanctuary, with its red carpet, blond pews and pulpit furniture seated approximately 100 people. The Church continued to grow,and in 1968 a three-story addition was added to the former meat market, increasing the sanctuary seating to 150 and adding much needed Sunday School classes.

In 1974, with the Huberville Road building filled to capacity and no longer able to adequately serve the congregation, a larger facility was prayerfully sought.

One Sunday afternoon, William R. Loudermilk, oldest son of Rev. and Mrs. Loudermilk Sr., was taking some folks home from church and discovered a large empty church facility at 2360 Valley Street. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, the church purchased the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ located on three acres. The vintage building, with its cathedral ceilings and Old World stained glass, became the happy home of Way of the Cross for the next 16 years. Those years witnessed many changes and much growth for the church. In 1979, Rev. and Mrs. William R. and Charlotte Loudermilk, who had served as Associate Pastors since 1973, assumed the positions of Pastor. In 1982, a youth Pastor was put on staff, and by the late 1980s the Valley Street building was also filled to capacity.

Looking to the future, the Church miraculously acquired an eleven-acre tract of land at 612 Beatrice Drive in Riverside, strategically located between Dayton and Huber Heights.
The construction on the present facility began in the Summer of 1989, and in June of 1990 the congregation moved to its new building, built by men and women of the Church who were led in the construction project by Church Elder, Charles “Bud” Combs. The new campus featured a sanctuary, seating 450-500 people, many new classrooms, and small fellowship hall. The property was valued at over $1,300,000.00, but was actually purchased and built at a fraction of that cost.
Currently, the twice-expanded facility, sitting on an approximate 30 acres with three houses for staff, is a very busy place. In 2004, a gym and additional classrooms were added – named “Alma’s Wing” in honor of Mrs. Alma Loudermilk who was promoted to heaven in 2003. In 2005, with the help of the Lord and a partnership with the Franklin Foundation, a senior advocacy group, “River Cross Way” a 25-unit apartment complex for seniors who are on limited income became part of the overall Church complex.

Way of the Cross will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on September 27, 2009. We believe the Church is poised physically
and spiritually to experience a Jubilee and a renewed focus and vision for winning men and women to Christ.
Founded upon Jesus Christ the Chief Cornerstone of the Church teaches a born again, Spirit-filled life. Since its founding in 1959, the Church has produced over 60 ministers. Its services are characterized by inspiring Worship music and anointed preaching of the Word of God. People from all walks of life, age groups, and ethnic background gather each week to worship and fellowship together in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

We are working to install His character in ourselves and others, we are witnessing to the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ and we are attempting to walk out our Christian faith in practical, everyday ways.

If you are looking for a Church where you can learn, serve and worship, and grow, you are invited to meet with us this week.

God Bless you,

Pastor W. R. Loudermilk and staff
 
March 3, 2015
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