MAHONING M. E. SEVENTH WARD CHURCH. This church was organized in 1867, the first pastor being J. H. Bennett, who served two years. Succeeding pastors have been as follows: D. A. Cowell, two years; B. F. Johnson, one year; J. H. Crawford, three years; Richard Baer, John Crum, W. S. Shepherd, John Eckels, two years; J. K. Mendenhall, two years; J. C. Rhodes, five years; J. M. Foster, two years; F. R. Peters, five years; C. W. Foulke, three years; J. F. Black, four years; T. W. Douglas, two years; J. B. Espy, one-half year (died suddenly while serving the church, April 23, 1907); R. N. Merrill, one and one-half years.
The present membership of the church is 375; membership of Sabbath-school, 250. Trustees, J. Y. Sheehy, S. A. Barnes, F. Patterson, F. F. Smith, Charles Artman, Joseph Clark, Joseph Gilmore; stewards, Roy Miller, Mrs. John Waddell, Mrs. F. F. Smith, Mrs. Sadie Smith, E. H. Grace, John Louer, I. R. Zahniser, Mrs. C. H. Thompson, J. H. Kelly; superintendent of Sunday-school, I. R. Zahniser. The building now in use was erected in 1894.
Source: Twentieth Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, 1908, page 217