Lineage of Leaders

A complete list of pastors from 1839 to the present.

A Timeline of Our History

1861
1861

Artist Max Cole's depiction of the church in 1861. The church would have been 22 years old - having been established in 1839.

1877
1877

The church congregation poses for a photograph on November 17, 1877. Note the brick columns and the placement of the doors.

1882
1882

In 1882, a balcony originally used by slaves was removed and the ceiling over the nave was beautifully arched and frescoed. In 1899 a pressed metal ceiling and chandeliers were installed.

1920's
1920's

In the 1920's, a three-story educational building was added behind the sanctuary.

Circa 1920's
Circa 1920's

The congregation poses for a photograph - note the placement of the doors and the steps.

1927
1927

The church was originally constructed of red bricks made by slaves. In order to preserve the brick, it was covered in stucco in 1927.

Circa 1930's
Circa 1930's

The congregation sits during a sermon in the 1930's - note the Marvin Window and the absence of the balcony. The balcony would not be added until 1949.

Circa 1940
Circa 1940

The choir poses in front of the old organ in the sanctuary. This organ was eventually given to Summit Methodist Church when the new one was donated in 1941 by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis.

Circa 1940's
Circa 1940's

Presumably taken during a sermon or wedding, this photo highlights the placement of the Marvin Window, which sits between the front doors of the church.

1949
1949

In 1949, the gym (known now as Beard Hall) and a connecting three-story classroom building were added. It was at this time that the sanctuary was remodeled with a new chancel area and foyer.

1949
1949

In 1949, more remodeling was done to the church sanctuary - this time to include the balcony, foyer, and moving the Marvin Window to the front of the building. Curved steps were also added on each side leading up to the large oak doors.

1949
1949

This is an interior view of the sanctuary taken around 1949 and featuring the church's new organ. The organ was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis in 1941.

1956
1956

In 1956, the property behind the church was purchased to build the Guy F. Jones Chapel, parlor, kitchenette, classrooms, and mechanical rooms.

1958
1958

Built in 1958, this picture shows the Guy F. Jones Chapel and classrooms as seen in 2005.

1995
1995

In 1995, construction began on the Family and Children Center where the Christian Life Center and the Day School are now located. The Day School is one of the oldest preschool programs among churches in Texas.

1997
1997

At a cost of over $1 million, the Family and Children Center was a major undertaking! This was the fifth major construction effort since the structure of the church was begun in 1861. This building was dedicated in May of 1997.

2008
2008

"Christmas time at our church"

2009
2009

First United Methodist Church of Marshall, TX. "May all who come behind us find us faithful."