Crosswood United Methodist Church was born out of the merging of sister congregations in the Marion, Ohio area. As one can imagine, much work had to take place in order for this to happen. Multiple churches reducing assets into one site and one staff is certainly monumental – and not without significant sacrifice. Needing a property that would allow the churches to construct new space for all ministries drove the decision to utilize their Richland Road location. The existing building was not large enough for the new congregation, and was in need of significant updating. Through design research and vision development with The McKnight Group, plans were developed to add a worship center connecting to the existing facility.


Their new facility includes an enlarged and improved parking lot, accessed through a boulevard entrance flanking a new sign. Their flexible multi-ministry space can be used for banquets, sporting events, community gatherings, concerts, but first and foremost, worship. This room features an audio-visual loft for sound production, video projection and theatrical lighting control. The house lighting boasts a dual system: one for worship and one for general use, providing flexibility and creativity.

The tall glass front provides a noticeable and comfortable entrance, especially for visitors, directing them to the main lobby which features lofty ceilings, cafe seating and serving counter for casual gathering and refreshment.


Since moving into their new facility, Crosswood United Methodist Church hasn’t looked back. They also improved the existing facility by updating trim, roofing and landscaping to compliment the new facility.

To learn more about the project, process and success,
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