Our History

MCC building sketch


Between 1840 and 1850, great leaders and missionaries emerged in the Christian Church. Among them were men like John T. Johnson, James Ware Parrish, and L. L. Pinkerton in Midway.

Although they met before it was formalized, the Christians at Midway were incorporated by the Kentucky Legislature on March 2, 1844. On Christmas Day of that same year, minister Dr. L. L. Pinkerton preached the dedicatory sermon for the congregation’s new, one-story rectangular building.

The congregation eventually outgrew the small church. It was razed and the present structure was erected and dedicated in 1896 on the original site.


chaliceThe chalice symbolizes the central place of communion in worship for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

The X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism. (from www.disciples.org)

Some MCC tidbits:

  • Founded in 1844 by 32 charter members
  • First services were held in an unfinished woolen mill on a site now occupied by a brick building at 206 Main (Railroad) Street
  • L. L. Pinkerton served as minister from 1844-1860
  • First church building was dedicated on Christmas Day 1844
  • In 1859, the “incident” over musical instruments in worship happened
  • In 1895, the “new” church building was built and dedicated on April 12, 1896
  • The windows in the “new” church building cost $275! (for the stained glass and glazing)
  • The “Daisy Blackburn Window” is in memory of Daisy M. Blackburn - The story goes that Daisy was getting into a carriage when a loaded shotgun went off and killed her.

Historical Marker

historical markerMidway Christian Church received it's historical marker, number 2280, from the Kentucky Historical Society and was dedicated on December 7, 2008. The text on this marker reads:

"Early members of this church met on Main St. soon after the town was founded in 1833. Dr. L .L. Pinkerton dedicated first building on this site, Christmas Day, 1844. Pinkerton & members of the church founded the Kentucky Female Orphan School (chartered in 1847) which later became present-day Midway College."

(Reverse) "Out of this church, Midway Second Christian Church was organized prior to the Civil War. Notable visitors were preacher Alexander Campbell and Carry Nation. In 1859 Pinkerton used a melodeon in worship, leading to a split of the Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ. The Victorian Romanesque building was dedicated in 1896."

church members photoCommunity Spirit Award

On October 1, 2015, Midway Christian Church was honored by Midway University with its inaugural "Community Spirit Award" during its second annual "Day for Midway" event.

Reverend Heather McColl, surrounded by several members of the congregation, accepted the award which recognized Midway Christian Church's many contributions to the community, including the free monthly dinners, the clothing closet, housing the weekly AA/Al-Anon meetings, administering the Midway Ministerial Association emergency assistance fund, a tutoring program at Northside Elementary, contributing to the Woodford County food pantry, and more. The plaque is proudly displayed in the MCC fellowship hall.

kentucky interfaith power and light logo175th Anniversary

Midway Christian Church was chartered on July 20, 1844 so 2019 marked our 175th Anniversary! We celebrated this milestone throughout the year, but "made it official " on July 7. Following worship service that day, we gathered for a special day-long celebration for members as well as former members, ministers, and friends of Midway Christian.

Here's a recap of that day and all things Anniversary!

Going Green

green chalice logoIn 2010, Midway Christian Church became a Green Chalice congregation by entering into the Alverna Covenant. This distinction is available to congregations wishing to live out their faith by caring for creation and is recognized as being good stewards of God’s creation.

In 2015, the Certified Green Chalice congregation level was attained by, in part, adopting the Green Chalice Covenant.

Interfaith Power & Light logoMidway Christian Church is proud of its association with Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light and has repeatedly been recognized for our creation care initiatives. In April 2016, Midway Christian was named runner-up in the Sacred Grounds category in the Cool Congregations Challenge by Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit organization working to inspire and support a religious response to global warming. This annual national challenge recognizes congregations that are becoming energy efficient and sustainable role models within their communities.

In August 2018, at the invitation from Tim Darst, Executive Director of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, and after discussions by the Midway Green Chalice and Admin Creation Keeper badge logoTeam, Midway Christian Church proudly joined KIPL at the "Earth Steward" level to help support their mission of Care of Creation. And in September, we were honored with a Hope in Action award. This annual award, given to faith-based organizations, was in recognition of our commitment to caring for God’s creation through our energy conservation and land stewardship efforts.

In August 2020, Midway Christian was awarded the Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light Creation Keeper Badge for being a Creation Keeper Partner.

Download more about our history (pdfs)

A Brief History of Midway Christian Church, 1844-1998

Key People and Dates in the Development of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Midway Christian Church, 1844-2007, Heritage Month presentation (October 2007)

An Introduction to Walter Scott

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Midway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
123 East Bruen Street
P.O. Box 4548
Midway, KY 40347
(859) 846-4102