Christ Presbyterian Church

Whether you are a lifelong church-goer or this is your first experience into a faith community, we offer you a warm welcome.

Founded in 1821, Christ Presbyterian Church has served the community of Canton for over two hundred years as a beacon of hope to the hopeless, pointing toward Jesus who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” We have been called to the downtown center of Canton to serve Jesus and to follow in his footsteps.

When Bezaleel Wells purchased the land for Canton, back in the early 1800s, he designated a plot for a church, which soon became the place where the First Presbyterian Church established itself. Many of the early pioneers and professionals of Canton were members of the congregation and some even served as church elders, most notably several members of the Saxton family. This included John Saxton, who founded the Canton Repository and son James Saxton a prominent banker. James’ daughter Ida Saxton is best remembered as the first lady of the United States, as she married William McKinley, who served as the 25th President of the United States. William and Ida were married here at First Presbyterian Church on January 25, 1871 and their wedding service was the very first service of any kind in the newly constructed sanctuary.

Through the years, there have been many renovations, additions, and changes to the building and to the congregation, but through it all, we have sought to serve the Lord faithfully and share God’s love in a multitude of ways. The impact of these ministries can be seen locally, nationally, and even abroad.

In 1971, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, Elder Ralph Ramsayer wrote a book on our congregation’s history. You may download and view the book here.


Welcomed Tiqvah: Hands of Hope

  • An afterschool program, dedicated to enriching the lives of students from low-income families, to share our building. This ministry serves to equip and empower students, providing homework help, hot meals, and a strong community of faith.

Established Stephen Ministry

  • Provides one-to-one, Christ-centered care to hurting people in the congregation.

Food, Clothing and Prayer ministry

  • Began the Food, Clothing and Prayer ministry, which helps those in need from our community.

Lakota at Pine Ridge Reservation

  • Developed a relationship with the Lakota at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and have made annual trips, which we call Mission West, to work alongside them, leading Vacation Bible School and facilitating building projects

Commissioned a missionary

  • Commissioned a missionary to serve in Thailand and continue to support a mission co-worker even today

Built Camp Wakonda

  • Camp Wakonda is a Christian summer camp, in Sherrodsville, Ohio, which is still owned and managed by the congregation and serves diverse populations across the area

Cathedral Hour

  • Started the Cathedral Hour radio broadcast, which delivers our Sunday worship services across the region.

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