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July History Article: 95 Years Ago – Summer Camp for Children and Youth

Last month I wrote about a playground for children established at the rear of the church building in 1911 during the pastorate of Dr. Hiram Kellogg. Another example of ground breaking ministries to children and youth, during Kellogg’s tenure as pastor from 1910-1916, was the establishment of a camp for youth on the banks of the Olentangy River in the summer of 1916. That was 95 years ago!

An article in the Ohio State Journal describes the camp as a dream come true for the campers, “That’s just the dream that they’re making come true for hundreds of youngsters at the camp of the Broad Street M.E. Church at Flint on the Columbus, Delaware and Marion traction line. Seventeen tents have been pitched at the top of the picturesque ravine that leads to the Olentangy River, just south of Camp Johnson.”

A word of explanation is needed for the newspaper article to make sense in today’s world. The CDM (Columbus, Delaware and Marion) traction line was an electric inter-urban train line which ran from Columbus to Bucyrus. The line was abandoned in the early 1930s, during the years of the Great Depression. The Flint stop on that line would have been near the intersection of North High Street and Flint Road in Worthington. The ravine follows Flint Run as it flows westward to the Olentangy River. Camp Johnson was at the location of the present-day Camp Mary Orton, operated by the Godman Guild – although the Godman Guild did not send campers there until four years later, in 1920. Therefore, the Broad Street Church camp would have been on the banks of the Olentangy, just west of the Pontifical College Josephinum and south of Camp Mary Orton.

The Journal article continues, “This week closes a two-weeks camping period for a bunch of 50 boys, who have soaked in the joy of outdoor life for 14 days – and all for $4 a week. Monday the camp will be turned over to the girls for a two-weeks period, open to any girl in the city. After that period, until Aug. 15, the camp will again be given to the boys. … It is expected that more than 300 boys and girls will take advantage of the camp before it closes …”

Mr. Charles F. Lender was the director of the camp. Lender had been added to the church staff as the full-time director of recreation in 1914 when the church gymnasium and recreation hall, now known as Kellogg Hall, were first opened.

The children’s playground in 1911, the building addition (including the gymnasium and recreation room) and the hiring of Lender in 1914, the first vacation bible school in 1915, and the summer camp in 1916 were all accomplished during Kellogg’s six-year pastorate. It is not known how long the church continued to have the summer camp or the playground; but, Kellogg’s vision for outreach and ministry to those not being otherwise served set a “high bar” for the church and its future leaders, both lay and clergy.

–  Jim Barbee, Historian


  • Harriett D. Collins, Endless Splendor. Columbus: Broad Street Methodist Church, 1959, pp 44-50
  • Church Camp at Flint, The Ohio State Journal. Columbus, 16 July 1916 Society Section, p 3 Godman Guild, Accessed 27 June 2011

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Broad Street UMC History Article – June 2011

100 Years Ago


In May 1911, young George C. Nesbitt, chairman of the Committee on Recreation for the Sunday School, came to the Official Board (now, the Church Council) asking permission to establish a playground for children on the lot at the rear of the church building. The Board granted permission with the understanding that there would always be proper supervision.


Harriett D. Collins writing in Endless Splendor says, “No one, except perhaps Mr. Nesbitt, foresaw what magnificent returns this would bring. Children from far and near responded to the invitation. By the end of the second week after public school had closed 318 boys and girls had registered with the supervisors. They came day after day until city schools again reopened. It was a program that a crowded community needed. It took youngsters off of the streets, taught them new ways of co-existence.” Note that this playground would have been in the space from the back of the 1885 church building to the present alley; including the space now occupied by the apartment building at 33 South Washington Avenue.


George Nesbitt was the grandson of Jesse Dann, one of the founders of the church in 1875. Members of the Nesbitt and the Dann families were very active in the life of the church for almost 100 years. Edith Nesbitt Marion was a part of that family. For many years, she taught the Homemakers Sunday School Class and was the lay member of Annual Conference from Broad Street church.


Later, in the summer of 1911, the church began negotiations to buy the property immediately to the west of the church building.  In 1885 when the original green stone church building was completed, the house on that property was the home of the John W. Lilley family. By 1911, the house was apparently no longer occupied and for a while was considered to be a candidate to be remodeled for use as a parsonage. The stables also remained; but had become an increasing nuisance to the congregation, particularly on warm Sunday mornings when the windows on the west side of the sanctuary had to remain closed.


Dr. Hiram KelloggThe negotiations for the property were not completed until 1913, when the church did buy the property. After the purchase, both the house and stables were in such a state of disrepair that both were torn down. The purchase provided space for the 1914 addition on the south and west sides of the 1885 building and the present west lawn. The 1914 addition was three stories high and included space for enlarged Sunday School rooms on two levels (approximately the size of the present nursery), the present-day kitchen and gymnasium on the main floor level, and a recreation room under the gymnasium, in the space now occupied by the Inn at Broad.


The 1914 addition increased the foot-print of the building by almost 50% and since that time has provided space for a myriad of outreach activities, many of which we take for granted today. Dr. Hiram Kellogg, the pastor from 1910 to 1916, had a dream to provide “larger quarters for social work befitting young people.” The actions in 1911 were the first steps in the realization of that dream. Today, the church and the community are still benefiting from that dream and those actions.



Harriett D. Collins, Endless Splendor.( Columbus: Broad Street Methodist Church, 1959). 3, 44-45


Jim Barbee, Historian


The King James Version is Turning 400

400 Years Ago This Month

KJV Front Page

The year 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. Also known as the King James Bible or the Authorized Version, the KJV became the most published book in the English language. It has been in print continuously for 400 years. In spite of newer “modern” language versions that have appeared across the years, the KJV remains today a favorite translation for many. The beauty and poetry of its language is unsurpassed by the more modern translations. It is the version with which I grew up and the bible verses that I remember today from childhood are verses in that translation.

In spite of its archaic Elizabethian-era language, the KJV has had a profound influence on the entire English speaking world and has been translated into almost 800 different tongues. Even many non-Christians quote from the KJV without realizing it! Consider the following phrases: “at their wits end” (Psalm 107:27,) “with the skin of my teeth” (Job 19:20,) “reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7,) “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13,) “riotous living” (Luke 15:13,) “eye for an eye” (Matthew 5:38,) “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7,) “reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7.)

The KJV was born of unusual circumstances. King James I, formerly King James VI of Scotland, was crowned king of England and Scotland in 1603, after the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England. At that time, there was much religious turmoil in those countries between the established Church of England (Anglican) which was the state church and the rising influence of the Puritans, who were separatists. Then, throw in the effects of the Protestant-Catholic rift, which had lingered since the time of Henry VIII’s defiance of the Pope in the 1500s.

To make matters more sticky, the mother of James I was Mary, Queen of Scots, a cousin of Elizabeth I and a Roman Catholic. Mary had abdicated the throne of Scotland in 1567 in favor of her only son, who become James VI of Scotland. Mary, after abdication, continued to “stir the pot“, so Elizabeth had her first imprisoned and then beheaded to eliminate the continuing friction.

King James I

In England at that time the Church and the State were synonymous and dissension within religious ranks was considered by the monarchy as dissension with the government. In an effort to unify people of differing religious beliefs, King James I commissioned a team of scholars in 1604 to begin work on a new translation of the Bible. Up until then, “… Each party and sect used the version which best suited its own views and doctrines. Here, thought James, was the chance to rid the Scriptures of propaganda and produce a uniform version which could be entrusted to all.“ 1

John Pollack, a specialist in the University of Pennsylvania Rare Book & Manuscript Library says, “King James had political reasons for ordering a new translation of the Bible … It was a ‘state sponsored project,’ funded and organized by the government in an attempt to unify people of differing Christian beliefs.” 2 The result was the “Authorized” (by the king) version, first released to the public on May 2, 1611. The library at the University of Pennsylvania has an original copy of the 1611 printing of the KJV, which was on display there through the end of April. The library’s website (see note 2) is the source of the accompanying photos of the king and the cover of the original Bible.


– Jim Barbee, Historian


1. Winston S. Churchhill, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, – Volume 4 “The New World” (New York: Barnes and Noble,1993. Originally published 1956), 153.

2. Greg Johnson, Penn marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. , Accessed and downloaded 05 May 2011.


This Year in Our History – March 2011

This Year in Our History

By James Barbee, Historian

25 Years Ago

EmmausIn 1986, The Greater Columbus Emmaus Community (GCEC) began having “Walks” at BSUMC. Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual formation program developed by Upper Room Ministries, part of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship. It is a 72-hour short course in Christianity, called Walks, which is designed to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. It is patterned after the Roman Catholic Cursillo movement and has similar expressions under different names in other Protestant denominations.

At that time in Ohio, there were Emmaus communities already established at Hyde Park Community UMC in Cincinnati and First UMC in Marysville. About a year earlier, the steering committee of the GCEC had approached Pastor Stacy Evans about BSUMC becoming “home” to the community. The steering committee began holding its meetings here and subsequently monthly “Gatherings” of persons who had attended Walks in other communities were also held here. Plans were developed by the GCEC with help from leaders in the other two Ohio communities, and in concert with the church, to begin having weekend Walks at BSUMC.

The church had to be involved in the planning because during a week-end Walk, the community utilized almost the entire church building at some time or other. For example, the space under the gymnasium (now used for the Inn at Broad) was the weekend conference room; the gymnasium was divided in half by a tarp with one side used for sleeping and the other side for dining; the upper level Sunday School rooms were used for sleeping quarters and meeting space for the live-in team; and the sanctuary and chapel were used at various other times during the weekend. After the 1996 building renovations, when the Inn At Broad was established in the space under the gymnasium; the conference room for weekend Walks was moved to the enlarged room on the upper level, now known as Room 300.