Christ United Methodist Church

Christ United Methodist Church (HM2D8)

Location: Laurel, DE 19956 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 33.291', W 75° 34.247'

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In the fall of 1831, Reverend Thomas Pearson came to Laurel to assist with the establishment of a Methodist Protestant congregation in the community. With its founding, the church became one of the first of this denomination in Delaware. Early meetings were held in a schoolhouse. A church was constructed on West Street in 1832, and a cemetery established nearby. Desiring a new house of worship, the congregation purchased property on Wheat Street - not Central Avenue, in 1866. A two-story frame church was completed the following year. This building was used until 1911, when the present stone structure was constructed. Additional land was acquired over the years and church facilities were expanded. Property adjoining the church was purchased in 2000 to accommodate a growing congregation.

Pastors of note include Reverend James H. Straughn, whoe served the congregation from 1912 - 1919. He was a leader of the Methodist unification movement in the 1930s, and was chosen to serve as Bishop when the churches merged.
HM NumberHM2D8
Marker NumberSC-145
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 9:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 450266 N 4267534
Decimal Degrees38.55485000, -75.57078333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 33.291', W 75° 34.247'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 33' 17.46" N, 75° 34' 14.82" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 510 S Central Ave, Laurel DE 19956, US
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