New things are sometimes daunting, but we hope we have come up with a website design that will allow, in time, to add new things, events, pictures, videos, restoration updates, adding your story to the scrapbook and more.

We invite you to roam these pages and find the history, pictures, events, stories and things you can do to help God restore His precious treasure that was almost lost. If you would like to get involved there are lots of ways to make that possible. (get involved)

At the center of this endeavor is Christ Himself. He has called together a multi-denominational group of volunteers, who make up the board of directors of The Old Rugged Cross Foundation, Inc. (ORCF). This group is dedicated to raising the funds required to complete the restoration of The Original Old Rugged Cross Church in Pokagon, Michigan, where the final version of Rev. George Bennard's hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" was first sung publicly in 1913, during a revival.

Volunteers are our life-blood, working throughout the year in the garden, the church and church grounds, on this website, and behind the scenes, to accomplish the task God has set on us to finish. We are all involved in the journey of the work before us, and we invite you join us in our efforts.

-----If we never meet, please leave your story about how the hymn has touched your life.

------God Bless you!

What's New:

Pokagon History

Check out this history of Pokagon, Michigan.

Now Available!

“The Old Rugged Cross” Lives On by Molly Tate Shaffer is a 488-page pictorial and verbal history of the hymn and its author, and gives a step by step account of the restoration of the building where it made its public debut.

Book:   $80.00
Mich. Sales Tax:   4.80
S & H:   15.00

Make checks payable to:

Mary E. Shaffer Publishing
33053 Crystal Springs St.
Dowagiac, MI  49047

Books are also available at the Old Rugged Cross Church and at scheduled book signings.

To arrange to purchase a book at the church, call 269-362-4347 for an appointment.

Contact us at:
P.O. Box 41, Niles, MI 49120  (Mailing Address)
269-683-4540; 269-362-4347 (Cell Phone)

Visit us (by appointment) at:
61041 Vermont St., Pokagon, MI 49047 (Physical Address)