Nordonia Hills is a portmanteau (a linguistic blend of words) taken from Northfield, Macedonia, and Sagamore Hills. That is why we sometimes use the names Macedonia and Nordonia interchangeably. While there are more than a dozen churches in the community already, there are nearly 30,000 people in the Nordonia Hills district. That means there are still tens of thousands of people who need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
As the hands and feet of Jesus, we want to love the people of our community. We want to see God bring together a diverse family of believers united by the blood of Jesus. It is our prayer and hope for every person in Nordonia to see, hear, and be transformed by the Gospel.
When looking at Macedonia on a map it’s not the most diverse place. However, when you look closely at a map of the Nordonia community and the surrounding cities, you’ll notice something interesting. Just north of Nordonia you’ll see several predominantly African-American cities. When looking just south of Nordonia you’ll see areas that are predominantly Caucasian. Additionally, there is a growing population of immigrants in the surrounding areas as well. What’s interesting is that while the cities are somewhat divided by ethnic and socioeconomic lines, all the surrounding cities really pull towards Macedonia for shopping, eating out, recreation, and just life in general. So when spending time in the shopping centers, restaurants, movie theaters, and parks, Nordonia feels far more diverse than on paper.
Consequently, our desire is to see a church that really looks like those movie theaters, shopping centers, and restaurants. Ultimately, we want to see a church that reflects the Kingdom of God – a church where the people of God from different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and backgrounds can come together and earnestly worship the Lord.
People say “location is everything.” Well, Macedonia is conveniently located 23 miles north of Akron and 23 miles south of Cleveland. Furthermore, it is positioned between interstates 271 and 480, and state routes 8 and 82 run right through the middle of it. There is a reason this city is nicknamed “The Crossroads of Northeast Ohio.”
The city of Macedonia continues to grow with each passing year. New businesses are constantly entering the commercial area known as “The Macedonia Commons,” and the people are continuing to move into the community at a rapid pace. As Macedonia and the surrounding cities continue to grow, so does the need for Jesus.
The city’s name is said to have derived from a small joke among divinity students at Western Reserve College, which used to be located in Hudson, Ohio. In the early 19th century, the students went out to preach in the small area that is now Macedonia and as they were going out they recalled Acts 16:10: “…we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Thus giving the city it’s name.