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First United Methodist Church of Houston

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, November 28, 2017
1. First United Methodist Church of Houston Marker
Inscription. The foundation of Methodism in Houston began in 1837, when missionaries Martin Ruter and Littleton Fowler established a Sunday School Society. On April 14, 1839, the Rev. Jesse Hord received 14 members by transfer of letter, establishing the Methodist Church. In 1844, the Methodist Episcopal Church South opened its first building on the north side of Texas Avenue, between Travis and Milam streets, on land the Allen Brothers had reserved for a church when Houston was platted. From 1883 to 1909, the church was known as Charles Shearn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South.

As Houston grew, the congregation prospered, and plans were developed to build a new church. In 1907, the Texas Avenue property was sold, and First Methodist Episcopal Church South opened its doors in 1910 at the corner of Main and Clay streets. In 1939, the name changed to First Methodist Church and in 1968 to First United Methodist Church. In 1992, the congregation approved a plan to establish a second campus. The Westchase Congregation began worship in 1993 and opened a worship center in 1999.

This congregationís commitment to local, national and worldwide programs and ministries led it to help start new churches and establish non-profit groups, including Wesley Community Center, Bluebird Circle, Quillian Memorial Center, Clarewood House, Wesley Academy and Christian Alliance. Together with the Texas Conference, the church helped to establish the Methodist Hospital. The church has furthered its outreach through televised worship services since 1955.

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By Brian Anderson, April 18, 2018
2. First United Methodist Church of Houston

 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15922.)
 
Location. 29° 45.256′ N, 95° 22.053′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1320 South Main Street, Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1,000 Houstonians Join the Navy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Julia Ideson Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Houston Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas William House, Jr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sam Houston Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nichols-Rice-Cherry House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Houston City, Republic of Texas (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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