Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
First United Methodist Church
Established as the first religious organization in the area in 1837 with 22 members as Lebanon Methodist Episcopal Church, around which the village of Opelika developed. Moved to present location in 1879 as Opelika Station, Montgomery District, Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Red brick steepled building completed in 1881. Renamed “First Methodist Episcopal Church, South of Opelika” by Quarterly Conference in 1905. Remodeled in 1909 to present Classical Revival style characterized by fluted columns, Corinthian capitals, and sanctuary dome.
Erected 1987 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 32° 38.883′ N, 85° 22.658′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue A and South 7th Street, on the right when traveling west on Avenue A. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Opelika A Railroad Town/Opelika An Industrial City (about 700 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Lynching in America / Lynching in Lee County (about 700 feet away); Lee County World War II Honor Roll (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pepperell Manufacturing Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Railroad Avenue Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelika.
1. Serving Ministers of First United Methodist Church, Opelika
Lebanon: 1837-1857, The First 10
Rev. James Capps, Rev. Isaac Falkenberry, Rev. Luke Mizell, Rev. Francis LaFayette Cherry, Daniel Bullard, Young Edwards, William Barnett, William Williams, Rev. David Lockhart and Rev. William Burney Neal.
Opelika, church first location 1858-1879
Rev. Mark S. Andrews;; 1863, Rev. John E. Treadwell; 1864, Rev. Epaminondas D. Pitts; 1865, Rev. Edward Joseph Hamell; 1866, Rev. James W. Glenn; 1867-70, Rev. Josiah Barker; 1871-72,
Current location 1879 to date.
Rev. J. S. Rencher; 1883-86, Rev. Josiah Bancroff; 1887-88, Rev. William M. Motley; 1889, Rev. Theophilies Fields Mangum; 1890-92, Rev. J. M. Mason; 1893-96, Dr. Oliver Clark McGehee; 1897-1900, Dr. Henry D. Moore; 1901 Rev. J. W. Shoaff; 1902-03, Dr. W. P. Dickinson; 1904-06, Dr. J. M. Dannelly; 1907, Rev. A. P. McFerrin; 1907-10, Dr. Hannibal H. McNeil; 1911-1914, Rev. E. C. Moore; 1914, Rev. A. P. McFerrin; 1915-17, Dr. W. M Cox; 1918-19, Rev. C. W. Northcutt; 1920, Rev. M. E. Lazenby; 1921-22 Rev. Jonathan C. James; 1923-25, Rev. Jonathan W. Budd; 1926, Rev. W. F. Cann; 1927-29, Rev. Percy Spencer Hudson; 1930-30, Rev. Jonathan C. James; 1933-35, Rev. Norman McLeod; 1936-39, Rev. W. M. Curtis; 1940-42, Rev. J. W. Frazier; 1943-44, Rev. D. H. McNeal; 1945-47, Rev. T. S. Harris 1947-50, Rev. M. C. "Si" Mathison; 1950-62, Rev. C. Everett Barnes; 1962-68, Rev. Torrence Holder Maxey; 1968-72, Rev. Floyd Carson Enfinger; 1972-76, Rev. J. Walter Ellisor; 1976-81, Rev. William Earl Calhoun; 1981-84, Rev. Frank A. Arnold, Jr. 1984-89, Rev. David Chunn; 1989-93, Rev. Donald K. Fuller; 1993-97, Rev. Timothy H. Thompson; 1997-03, Rev. James Sanders; 2003-07, Rev. William E. Elwell; 2007-08, Rev. David Chunn; Interim, Rev. Timothy H. Thompson;
— Submitted August 25, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.
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