Ringgold Meeting House

Ringgold Meeting HouseHistory

For almost 100 years, Brethren in Christ worshipped in houses and barns. Then, because larger and more convenient buildings were needed, they began to build what they called "meeting houses," emphasizing that God's presence was in the gathering of His people, rather than in the building itself.

Built in 1871, the Ringgold Meeting House (Smithsburg, Md.) was one of the first of such buildings to be constructed. In the 1970s, it was restored to its original interior arrangement with original furniture. The Ringgold Meeting House illustrates the historic emphasis of Brethren in Christ worship.

Simple design of Ringgold's exterior

The simple design of the building and furniture symbolizes the belief that God accepts us as we are and that there is beauty in simplicity.



Unelevated preacher's deskThe seating arrangement facilitated the congregation's surrounding the Word. The unelevated preacher's desk illustrated that all, even the leaders, are equal in God's sight.



Setting for a Love Feast

The arrangement for love feast (sleeping quarters upstairs and table and cooking facilities downstairs) are reminders that the Brethren in Christ emphasized Christian community.




Ringgold Meeting House
14426 Misty Meadow Road
Smithsburg, MD 21783

Directions: Take Rt 997 south from Waynesboro, Pa. After you cross the border into Maryland, turn left almost immediately onto Barkdoll Road. Go half a mile and turn left onto Misty Meadow Road. Go 100 yards; the Meeting House will be on your right.


BIC Historical Society Annual Heritage Service
Sunday, June 5th, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Building open at 2:00 for self-guided tours
Contact Glen Pierce by email to learn more.

Annual Ringgold Hymnsing
Sunday, July 31, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Light refreshments to follow.
Watch clip from previous hymnsing »


Contributions for the maintenance of the Meeting House may be sent to:

Ringgold Meeting House
c/o Kim Lehman
431 Grantham Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Please make checks payable to "Brethren in Christ Foundation."


For a tour or for additional information, contact Frank Kipe Jr., by phone (301.824.3689) or email.