About Our Delaware Ohio Auto Repair
The Founding of Oxford Automotive
Richard and Nancy Church bought the 55-acre farm located at 5339 Maloney Road, three miles south of Ashley in 1960. They moved their family to the farm in 1965, from Marion, Ohio. Richard farmed and did car repair work on the side for neighbors and friends until 1979 when he retired from farming and started repairing cars full-time. He named the business Oxford Automotive after Oxford Township in which the business resides. With six children still at home, Richard worked hard at fixing whatever a customer needed done, whether it was a lawn mower, full size farm tractor, body work, welding, or mechanical automotive repair. He earned the trust of his customers by fixing the problem (working usually by himself) no matter how much effort it took. Working out of one service bay, he worked long hours and allowed his "tag along" 5-year-old son James to watch and play in his own little shop up over his Dad's office. Richard worked the business for twenty-one years, supporting his wife and family, (seven children in all), and built a reputation as a hardworking, honest businessman. His son James who had worked with him for nine years took over ownership of the business in January of 2000 and Richard fully retired from active automotive repair work a few months later. Richard and Nancy Church still live on the property.
From Father to Son
James' nine years working with his father started upon his graduation from Buckeye Valley High School in 1991. The years that James spent working together with his father are some of the best and most meaningful times of his life. Learning a trade skill as well as lessons about life were invaluable as James got to know his father better and was able to glean from his experience. In 1996 James earned his Master Automobile Technician Certification through ASE. In his years at Oxford Automotive, James has received valuable outside training to keep him abreast of the new technology that continues to flood the automotive repair industry. James married his wife Rachel in 1997. God has blessed they’re family with nine children.