Sundays @ FUMC Minden WORSHIP--10:30am Sunday School--9:15 Children's Ministry 5:00-7:30pm --Youth Ministry 5:30-7:30pm
First United Methodist Church - Minden, LA
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Building the Kingdom of God Through Following Jesus Christ
 
 Our Church Community
 
 
First United Methodist Church has been serving the people of the Minden and Webster Parish for many, many years. It was the first congregation organized in Minden, and has always been the home of strong and faithful ministries.  We could describe ourselves in glowing words that could make us sound very appealing, but we believe that if you visit, you will really get to know the genuine character of the people who make up this growing congregation.  Our participants come from all over the area, some have faith backgrounds in other churches, some are new to church, and some are life-long Methodists.  But all of us have a desire to travel our unique spiritual paths, help one another along the road, and follow the life of Christ as best we can.
 
We believe in welcoming all people into the church, we believe in caring for one another, we believe in becoming involved in the good God is doing through the church, and we believe in serving God's children everywhere through our works of love.  Basically, we believe in following Christ's example to the best of our ability.
 
In the Methodist tradition, three simple rules have always been our guide: do no harm, do good, and draw closer to God. This is our way of boldly following Jesus’ “great commandment” to love God with all our lives and to love others.
 
We hope you will come and experience what so many are already coming to know about First United Methodist Church: our hearts, our minds, and our doors are always open.
 

 

The United Methodist Church

 Here are a few links that explain about the United Methodist Church as a whole:
 •  www.unitedmethodist.org  - what Methodists believe and basics of the denomination
 •  www.umc.org  - denominational website for the The United Methodist Church
 • www.la-umc.org  - official site for the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church
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www.gbgm-umc.org/shdis  - official site for the Shreveport District of the United Methodist Church
 
History
 
Membership
 540
Date Founded
 1837
 
In the early 1830s, Rev. Richmond Randle held a camp meeting at Sulphur Springs, six miles from Minden.  Over those early years, there were eight congregations that formed in the area.  They were served by circuit riders.  Rev. Randle would later serve the Minden church (1845-1847, 1850).   

The town of Minden was founded in 1836.  The next year, Rev. Sidney Squires was appointed pastor and Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Drake donated property for a church.  The first church in the town was soon built.  With necessary repairs made through the years, it served the congregation for seven decades. 

In 1905, a new church was built while Rev. T.J. Warlick served as pastor.  The semi-gothic design made of the “best St. Louis hydraulic pressed brick” had seating for four hundred and fifty people.   

A parsonage was built in 1915, under the leadership of Rev. W.W. Drake.  It was replaced by a new parsonage in 1955 while Rev. Dan R. Robinson served as pastor.  The current parsonage was acquired in 1998 under the leadership of Rev. Tom Howe.   

A children’s building was constructed in 1964 while Rev. Merlin Merrill served as pastor.  Rev. Kirby A. Vining was pastor when the activities building was built in 1973.  In 1988, a new sanctuary was constructed under the leadership of Rev. Bob Burgess.   
 
 
Though some seventy pastors have served the church over the years, those with the longest tenure were Rev. Merrill (1958-65) and Rev. Burgess (1984-90).