Our Story

Our History

Our church has evolved as a cornerstone of the local community since 1840. Our members hail from the surrounding areas of Pataskala, Baltimore, Pickerington, Granville, Newark, Hebron, Reynoldsburg, and Blacklick. The current building at 500 Pike Street was erected in 1979. In 1992, a large addition was built to include the lobby, offices, pastor's study, classrooms, and a library. Our Family Life Center was built in 2001. As of October 31, 2023, Etna United Methodist Church separated from the United Methodist Church denomination, and joined the Global Methodist Church under our new name.

Our Name

The village of Etna was laid out by Lyman Turrill in 1832. Turrill first called the village Carthage but subsequently learned from a West Point graduate surveying the National Road that the site of his town was the highest point between Jacksontown and Columbus. He then decided to call it Etna after the volcano, Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily in Italy. Our new name reflects our strong ties to the local community.

What We Believe

We believe God’s very existence is community – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe and profess the teachings of historical Christianity.

We believe and teach that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God.

We believe that God created all people in His image and should therefore matter to us. Everyone is welcome at Etna High Point Church, no matter where they are in their spiritual journey.

We believe that Jesus makes forgiveness possible for everyone – His sacrificial life, death, and resurrection is a gift from God that gives us freedom from the mistakes and failures of our past and freedom to be what God created us to be. We believe embracing faith in Jesus is the only way for this restoration to happen.

We believe that taking time to investigate the claims of Christ is important; doing so within the context of community provides for a rooted spiritual life.

We believe that as followers of Jesus we are called to holiness and to bring our lives under the leadership of Jesus.  As we follow Jesus, the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives within us and works to transform us with sanctifying grace.

We believe that the celebration of Holy Communion is a significant way we remember Christ’s sacrificial lifestyle and anticipate His return. When we participate in the Lord’s Supper as a community, it is a time of both celebration and reflection.

We believe that baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime initiation into the Christian community.  The sacrament is a gift of God’s grace that is available to persons of all ages.  While no one needs to be re-baptized, we do offer frequent opportunities to remember your baptism.