The people who make up Echo Church come from all parts of Cincinnati. While we are a regional church, we have an urban focus, specifically ministering in the Walnut Hills community.
One of Cincinnati’s earliest suburbs, Walnut Hills is a diverse community, where people of various races and economic backgrounds work and live. In 1804, the Reverend James Kemper built a log cabin between Park Avenue and Kemper Lane (the cabin still exists; it was relocated to Sharon Woods in northern Cincinnati). The neighborhood became a college town in the 1820's, with the founding of the Lane Seminary. After the Civil War, Walnut Hills benefited from suburban sprawl, attracting people leaving Cincinnati's lower basin. Throughout this time, Walnut Hills was a diverse neighborhood, hosting a significant African-American community.
After the Second World War, many middle/upper class residents fled urban Cincinnati for newer suburbs. When housing stock in the West End was eliminated, many impoverished residents relocated to Walnut Hills. The community was neglected for decades. Even though numerous community service agencies invested decades here, and ta renewal movement has brought new hope to the neighborhood, there are still systemic social issues that plague our streets.
Echo Church is determined to impact this neighborhood by any means possible: from hosting community movie nights, to sponsoring community festivals, to partnering with a local soup kitchen. You don’t need to live in Walnut Hills to be a part of Echo, but we want our church to develop a heart for making this community a better place.
To understand our approach to ministering to our community, listen to the audio recording, Why Walnut Hills?
For more about Walnut Hills, check out the community website at wearewalnuthills.org