The Methodist Church has a very colorful beginning with the first meetings being held in the log cabin of Lemuel Bourne in the year 1814 with sixteen members. In 1823 the first meeting of the Methodist Society was organized in Brecksville as part of the Brunswick Circuit. Ezra Wyatt, who owned the Grist Mill across Chippewa Creek, deeded the land the church is built on to the Methodist Episcopal Church.
In 1853 a revival meeting was held and membership was substantially increased.
By 1910 extensive improvements were made on the church building and a bell, which harmonized with the bell in the Congregational Church (now the Church of Christ), was placed in the bell tower.
In 1938 an upper room was added above the dining room. The boys from the 3C Camp on Brecksville Road helped put the big steel beams in place. At this time, new pews and lights were added as well as an electric Hammond organ. These additions were completed and consecrated by Bishop H. Lester Smith in a visit to the church in 1940.
In 1960, the original, 128 year old church building was razed, along with the old parsonage, to begin construction of our present Fellowship Hall. For about a year, worship services were held next door in the Town Hall. In 1961, Fellowship Hall was completed and began temporary service as our Sanctuary, as well as auditorium, dining hall and recreation center. The rest of the building, including the sanctuary, was completed in 1964 and consecrated on November 1 of that year.
Brecksville Methodist Circuit Riders, Ministers and (*) Associate Ministers
|1909-1910||J. R. Carpenter|
|1936-1937||Robert S. Clemmons|
|1942-1945||William H. Phillips|
|1948-1962||Charles C. Amendt|
|1963-1972||William K. Hogg|
|1971-1974||Ralph E. Dessem*|
|1972-1984||David H. Patton|
|1975-1979||F. William Ross*|
|1983-1986||Vernon L. Shepherd*|
|1984-1996||Thomas S. Taylor|
|1986-1988||James K. Powell*|
|1988-1995||James F. Winkler*|
|1995-1996||Michaela A. Brown*|
|1996-1998||Adriel B. Thrash|
2014 marks the 200th anniversary of Methodists worshipping in Brecksville. Brecksville United Methodist Church has a rich and colorful history and which we will explore in a series of columns in our monthly newsletter. Enjoy meeting some of the wonderful people who have worshipped here before us.The Earliest Days: Lemuel and Delia Bourne
Worship Hours through May
8:45 am Contemporary Worship
11:15 am Traditional Service
"Whoever you are; in whatever faith you were born, whatever creed you profess, if you come to this house to find God, you are welcome." --John Wesley
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