The church started on September 26, 1873 with thirteen charter members and was established as a mission church until around 1901.  The first building was a modest church that was purchased, for $1300, from the Methodist Episcopal Church at our current location.  By 1877, the congregation grew to a size of thirty-six.  The second sanctuary was built in 1901 with the first service being held on September 1, 1901.  It was an imposing structure of Washington red brick and Georgia granite.  Of great note at the time was the use of electricity to light the sanctuary.  The church was paid for by voluntary contributions for a total of $14,000 with only ninety-six members. The church was fully paid for by 1906 and was dedicated on April 8th 1906. 

The present sanctuary was built in 1968 after raising money for years, buying additional property, and selling bonds to raise the $298,700 that was necessary.  The last service in the old sanctuary was March 31, 1968 after which it was razed and construction on the new sanctuary commenced.  During that time the congregation worshipped at Gordon Funeral Home.  The first service in the current sanctuary was on June 22, 1969.  The predominate feature of the current sanctuary are the stained glass windows built by Law Stained Glass Co. for $23,000.  The nine windows depict Old Testament and New Testament images with the main window depicting the crosses of Calvary.  Our windows are filled with colors, designs, and symbols to please us aesthetically but also to draw us in allow us to understand the Word; our windows allow the physical light of the sun to be transformed into the spiritual light of the sanctuary which becomes the Light that illuminates our mind, body, and spirit; our windows remind us of God’s gifts, God’s covenants, God’s power, God’s mercy, God’s grace, but also God’s commission to us: see what I have made, see what I have done for you, see what you should be and do for others, go forth and make disciples.

We hope you find the church to be a warm, welcoming place where you can grow as a disciple and connect to others in meaningful relationships. 

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