Belden UMC


Taking the challenge of Jesus to, “Go fourth therefore and make all nations my disciples; baptize men and women everywhere in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Our mission is to reach out into the community and teach the love and redemption of God through the Christ.


Belden’s history dates back nearly 200 years. The first Methodist sermon delivered in Grafton Township was preached in the summer of 1817 by Rev. Reuben Jones of Methodist Connection, a church located some 50 mile east in Mantua, Ohio. In 1818, the first church was organized by the Rev. T. Brooks. Services were held in a log house in the center of town now called Belden. Here the pioneers dedicated their first house of worship to the glory of God. In 1850 the first church was built according to files in the Lorain County Court House. Sometime later school rooms were added to both sides of the building. This was followed by another addition in the front of the church. Around 1913 stained glass window were installed and in 1923 electricity arrived. In 1950 the church was raised and a basement was made. This provided rooms for Sunday school, a kitchen, bathrooms and a new furnace. Much of the labor was voluntary.