Remembering our past to challenge our future

As Fairhaven celebrates over 50 years in the Dayton community, we take time to reflect on all that God has done and to consider the vision He has for the church moving forward.

On April 19, 1964, Fairhaven Church held its first public service when 12 families from Burns Ave. Church (current the site of the Gospel Mission) began meeting at the Kettering YMCA. In June of the following year, Pastor Dean King began his ministry at Fairhaven Church, and in September, 42 charter members were received.

In July 1967, Ron Julian became Fairhaven’s first Lead Pastor, and just a year later they dedicated their first building at the corner of Marshall and Rahn Roads (now Temple Beth Or). By the late ‘70s multiple services had been added and additional space was being rented. The need for a larger facility was obvious, and in 1980 forty-one acres were purchased at the corner of Whipp and Marshall Roads.

Fairhaven welcomed its second Lead Pastor, Pete Schwalm, in August 1983 and broke ground on their current facility in 1984. The members of Fairhaven Church made a ceremonial walk down Marshall Road to dedicate their new facility on September 21, 1986. Many additions took place during Schwalm’s tenure, including the purchase of a handmade pipe organ for the Worship Center and construction of the gym, education wing and lower level.

In January 2005, David Smith became the third and current Lead Pastor. The church celebrated the completion of a building campaign that included an expanded lower level, complete with a submarine slide, a new coffee shop and the addition of the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC), along with launching their second campus, Fairhaven Northmont in 2010. A new preschool/nursery building and a soft play area were completed in 2013, and a new 400-seat chapel is currently under construction. We launched our third campus at Five Points Elementary School in Springboro on September 28, 2014.

For the complete history of Fairhaven including interviews with all the Lead Pastors, past and present, we encourage you to watch the video above.

Fairhaven Church has also been involved in establishing the following church bodies: Faith Alliance Church of Middletown, 1976; Centerville Community Church, 1976; Trinity Alliance Church, 1980; Dayton Home Ministries, 1981.