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Lebanon Church, in Mt. Summit, was organized on May 10, 1828, at the log home of Elder Jesse Mellet, on the banks of Blue River within sight of what is now known as Lebanon Cemetery, three miles northeast of Mt. Summit. There were nine charter members, viz., Elder Jesse Mellet, Judith H. Mellet, John G. Miller, Sarah Miller, William Powers, John Powers, Ruth Wayman, Ankah Veach, and Sarah Whitaker. The presbytery was composed of Elders Isaac Cotton and Samuel Taylor. Elder Jesse Mellet was chosen as pastor.

In 1830 the church agreed to build a log meeting house on land donated by Elder Mellet. In 1846, due to a division in the church, a meeting house was erected about two miles west of Lebanon Cemetery, which was later replaced with another at the same site. In 1914, the church agreed to build a meeting house in Mt. Summit, on a lot donated by E. T. Ice.

Lebanon Church first belonged to the White Water Association, then in about 1835 joined the Lebanon, and in 1866 joined the Mississinewa Association.

Pastors have included Elders Jesse Mellet, John Baldridge, Charles Mellet, T. S. Lines, A. A. Cole, John Buckles, Rufus Reed, C. M. Reed, James H. Oliphant, J. M. Thompson, John R. Daily, C. W. Radcliff, W. C. Arnold, Gordon L. Watson, and Everett Beavers.



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