History

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The Mission of our church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and the world.

OUR PASTOR:

Pastor Joel

Pastor Joel Robinette


WE ARE A UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united to form a new denomination. But Methodism in the U.S. dates back to 1736 when John and Charles Wesley came to the New World to spread the movement. …. Learn more about the history of the people of the United Methodist Church


OUR HISTORY:

Church FrontThe first meeting of the Brethren Church in Keezletown was in 1800 with a church building completed in 1850. The first Methodist meeting in Keezletown was in 1791 with a new building completed in 1860. These two denominations, the Methodist and the Evangelical United Brethren Churches, stood side by side in Keezletown until their merger in 1970, two years after the merger of the two denominations.

After years of discussion and planning, ground was broken in 1977 for a new facility to physically unite the two congregations. Construction was completed in 1980. Since 1980 new people have moved to Keezletown, bringing with them no previous ties to either congregation. Thus, the history of the church is a complex, but interesting story. As one looks down the road from the church today many new homes can be observed. New people all moving to the area and the growth of Harrisonburg is creeping over the hill to Keezletown. Growth is all around us. Here lies an opportunity for the church to reach out to new people in the name of Christ.

Without a doubt, the “histories” of the church have been stormy at times, however, many of the past hurts have been healed. As the church has gradually overcome it’s growing pains, the people have been able to look forward to the future. A new generation is emerging of families and individuals with little remembrance of the past divisions. This third history, along with the two past histories of the Methodist and the EUB traditions have certainly enriched the mission and vision of the Keezletown United Methodist Church.