Our History

Our Rich History of Service

National Church Residences: Our Solid Foundation

In 1961, the Reverend John R. Glenn and four Ohio Presbyterian churches formed National Church Residences out of a Christian commitment to serve older adults' housing, social, and human needs. Today, our success stands on that spiritual foundation.

Bristol Village in Waverly, Ohio, was National Church Residences' first housing community, and has grown to meet a full range of lifestyle needs, including independent living in more than 400 individual homes, supportive services in an 82-unit apartment complex, a 25-unit assisted living facility, and skilled nursing care in a 50-unit convalescent center. In 2001, Bristol Gardens, a 12-unit Alzheimer's care retreat, was added to the campus.

The year 2011 marked our 50th anniversary since the purchase of our flagship community in 1961. For more than 50 years, National Church Residences has seen explosive growth and forged dramatic inroads for seniors and families in need of safe, affordable, comfortable housing.


1961 The Rev. John R. Glenn founds Ohio Church Residences and acquires Bristol Homes, a subdivision of 323 vacant houses.
1962 Bristol Village opens.
1967 Ohio Church Residences changes its name to National Church Residences.
1969 National Church Residences signs its first fee-managed contract.
1977 The organization constructs its first HUD 202 property, Stygler Village in Gahanna, Ohio.
1978 National Church Residences is allotted more units by HUD than any other non-profit organization.
1985 The 50th property is built. National Church Residences moves to new corporate offices at North Bank Drive.
1987 Bristol Village Foundation is established.
1988 The Glenns retire from their executive positions with National Church Residences, and Tom Slemmer succeeds John Glenn as president.
1991 National Church Residences’ first skilled nursing facility opens in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
1992 The new service coordination program is launched.
1993 National Church Residences renovates its first historic tax-credit property, Renaissance Senior Apartments in Toledo, Ohio.
1996 The first freestanding assisted living community opens in Chillicothe, Ohio.
2003 The first supportive housing property, The Commons at Grant, opens.
2008 National Church Residences constructs its 300th building, launches InCare (now National Church Residences Home & Community Services) and acquires Heritage Day Health Centers (now National Church Residences Center for Senior Health).
2010 Our founder, the Rev. John R. Glenn, dies.
2011 National Church Residences celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2012 Aging at Home Medical Practice, an on-site primary care service, launches in select Ohio locations.
2013 Supportive housing extends beyond Ohio's borders to The Commons at Imperial Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
2014 The first residential health care communities outside Ohio, Water’s Edge of Bradenton and Water’s Edge of Lake Wales, are acquired.
2015 Mark Ricketts becomes president & CEO as Tom Slemmer retires.