Craft Memorial United Methodist Church
Who We Are
Pastor: Reverend Angy Trimmer
Church Office: Angela Davis
Music Director: Karen Aigner
Youth Director: Cynthia McGowan
Daycare Director: Melinda Ray
We rejoice in the knowledge that God has crossed our paths today!
We pray that He opens our eyes to how we can encourage you and experience the blessings of your presence with us.
We do not believe your visit to our church was by chance,
so we invite you to join with our church family as we worship, learn, grow and encourage one another.
Jesus established the church to be a community of believers,
a family, to encourage each other in unity and to project His love to the world. As a family, our goal is to love each other without conditions or expectations. We confess that we are unable, on our own, to practice the unconditional love demonstrated by our Father, but we pray and desire that He empowers us to demonstrate His love to you and those around us.
If you are searching for a group of people to accept you where you are and challenge you to grow in your reflection of God’s love, “Welcome” for that is our goal. We invite you to explore our Father with us in worship, fellowship and growth.
We would love for you to join us!
A Union Church Building was constructed on Galloway Street in Columbia, Tennessee in 1880, and afternoon Sunday School was held there for Methodists in the southern, or railroad, section of town.
On October 10th during the 1885 Annual Methodist Conference a Methodist Church was organized for the convenience of church members who lived in that area. Originally there were twelve charter members of what was called the South Columbia Methodist Church. Reverend W.E. Wilkes was the first minister. Membership grew and it became a station on the circuit, but when the railroad yards were moved, many members were lost and it returned to mission status.
George R. Craft and his sister Edna Craft Witt bequeathed $6,000 to the South Columbia Methodist Church in 1940 which the board and membership voted to be used to build a new church building in the area. That fall, a house and a lot on the corner of Thirteenth Street and South High, was bought for $2,250. The old church building on Galloway was torn down and material from it was used in the new construction.
While the new church was being prepared, services were held in Frierson Memorial Presbyterian Church on South Main.
Within a year the work was completed and the first service was held in 1941 by Reverend M.K. Harwell. The name of the church became Craft Memorial Methodist Church in memory of George R. Craft and Edna Craft Witt. Bishop Paul B. Kern dedicated the Church on May 20, 1945.
A parsonage was built beside the church in 1947 and Reverend A.J. Bunn was the first to reside there. Two additional Sunday School rooms were added in the rear of the sanctuary in 1949.
While Reverend Roy C. Moore was pastor in 1959, the congregation purchased four acres on Hatcher Lane from Fleming Rainey, planning to build a new, larger church on the lot. These plans were furthered during December of 1961 to December of 1962 under the pastorate of Reverend Marshall Moss who held the first worship service in the sanctuary which is now our Fellowship Hall. Fourteen class rooms for Sunday School and other uses were also built at that time.
On June 4th, 1967 a ground breaking service was held for a larger 400 seat sanctuary while Reverend J. Thomas Cook was pastor. Construction was completed in eight months and a Service of Consecration was held January 21, 1968 as the first worship service by Bishop H. Ellis Finger Jr., District Superintendent Reverend Fenton Warren, and Reverend Cook. Seven new classrooms, three restrooms, a study, office, and two dressing rooms were also added. A parsonage was located at 1911 Alpine Drive, but in 1972 this was changed to 1408 Windermere Drive.
As with all Methodist Churches, Craft Memorial Methodist Church changed its name to Craft Memorial United Methodist Church in April of 1968. On the national level, The Methodist Church joined hands with
The Evangelical United Brethren Church and thus formed a new denomination called The United Methodist Church.
We have continued to grow and prosper with the additions of a new organ, piano, and alterations to the choir section, as well as a year-round Christian Day Care, an annual Drive-thru Living Nativity, and Carillons ringing out from the steeple.
Craft Memorial United Methodist Church stands as it was envisioned in the preliminary drawings by Reverends’ Moss and Cook, solid evidence of real faith and service for our congregation.
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CarolynA place where you will be welcomed, respected, and loved. Only by loving one another can we experience and share God's love for us. We are searching for new friends who will enrich our lives and give us opportunities to share the wonderful feeling of being part of our circle of worshippers. Hope to see you on Sunday!!!