A Brief History of St. Timothy's
St. Timothy's is an historic, traditional Episcopal church. St. Timothy’s had its beginning early in Massillon history. James Duncan, the founder of Massillon, was an Episcopalian and in some ways was the founder of St. Timothy’s, as the first recorded Episcopal service was held in his home. Mr. Duncan gave the land for the first building and served on the first Vestry. The Church was incorporated in 1834 under the laws of the State of Ohio. In 1836 our first Vestry was elected and St. Timothy’s was officially recognized as a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, hence the date of our origin. The cornerstone of our first church building was laid in that same year. That building was completed in May of 1843. St. Timothy’s has been a beacon of faith and service ever since. A number of outstanding clergy and lay-leaders have served our church well over the years.
Our first church building underwent changes, remodeling and repairs over the years and it served the congregation until 1892. The last service was held in the old building on Christmas Day of that year. The new church, our present building, was started in July 1893. The Parish Hall was completed in 1895 and was used for services until the church building was finally completed. It took several years and a lot of work, but the new church was opened for services on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1898. Our current building has also been repaired, remodeled, and renovated many times. Most recently we built a new parking lot, installed a new heating and air conditioning system, and recovered from our tower being struck by lightening.
We are all justifiably proud of our Church. Our building is one of the most beautiful in the state, and truly is an offering of beauty to God. The architecture, the stone work, the slate roofs, the stained glass windows, the woodwork, the nave and chancel area, the altar, the baptismal font, and the pulpit all contribute to the beauty of St. Timothy’s, and the beauty contributes to our worship.
St. Timothy’s is now 180 years old. During these decades, many notable achievements, significant events, and many milestones in the lives of our parishioners have transpired within the walls of our Church. The worship at St. Timothy's is the traditional, inspiring worship services of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. We have a history of excellent music programs. We share a deep regard for tradition, and continue with a commitment to strong ministries of fellowship and Christian service.