Memorial Spiritual Christian Church celebrating eighty-five years in Collinwood!

Memorial Spiritual Christian Church - “That Church on Pawnee” - invites you all to our Homecoming Celebration of our Eighty Fifth Anniversary, on Sunday September 16 at 5:00 pm.

We’ve been in this Collinwood neighborhood for eighty-five years, with our ties to our neighborhood going back to the Collinwood School Fire of 1908, when the Baldwin family, whose daughter Laura died in the Collinwood School Fire, donated the property where our church stands, for a Spiritualist church to be founded as a lasting memorial to Laura and all the victims of the Collinwood School Fire. 

Since we opened in 1927 as the Sunflower New Thought Spiritualist Association Church, so many people have come through our doors during these eighty-five years! (In 1973, we changed our name to Memorial Spiritual Church, to honor our ties to the Collinwood School Fire, and a few years later, we became Memorial Spiritual Christian Church, when our late Pastor, Reverend Karen Hill, became head of Memorial.)

If you’re one of the many people who have been here, we’d very much like to see you again - we’re looking for everyone who has ever been to Memorial, or who remembers Memorial, during the eighty-five years our church has stood here at Pawnee & E 193rd, to come celebrate our church’s being here in Collinwood. If you’ve heard about us and wondered who we are– we’d be delighted to see you too!

So come on by! You’ll find us an open-minded, friendly, and down-to-earth group – and we’d be happy to meet you!

Look forward to seeing you!

Memorial Spiritual Christian Church is at 19204 Pawnee Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44119 Pastor: Reverend John Hill, Co-Pastor: Reverend Tammy Hill, 440-897-2745  (Reverend Tammy Hill) Email:,

Reverend Elva Brodnick is the President of the Memorial Spiritual Christian Church Advisory Board and longtime contributor to the Collinwood Observer.


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