Love God, love people, make disciples- whatever it takes.
About Us: “A church that cares for the community.”
We are a multi-generational congregation, seeking to follow Jesus. We see the church as an extended family, in which everyone belongs and is loved. A healthy family also shares responsibilities and helps each other in times of need. We also have a strong sense of our biblical duty to care for the poor. If you are looking for a church that will treat you like family, then Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church is the place for you.
In 1896, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Kellum, members of the Free Methodist Church in Clay City, opened their home for weekly prayer meetings. The Next Summer, members of the Clay City church held a tent meeting on the corner of 15th and Oak streets. That year, Rev. E. E. Robbins was appointed to supervise the fledgling work. At that time, there were seven charter members.
In 1899, with A. F. Niswonger as pastor, the congregation moved from the Kellum home to rented quarters at 14th and Sycamore. The following year (1900), a house was purchased at 1412 Walnut, which was converted into a church that served the congregation for nearly forty years. Rev. J. C. McCaw, a pastor during that time, recalls that the church entrance faced an alley and wash water would be poured out into the alley, forming a pool around the entrance. Also, the congregation worshipped with the aroma of garbage from the alley.
In 1939, under the leadership of R. L. Chitty, the former church at 15th and Poplar was purchased from Poplar Street Baptist Church. In that building, attendance reached a peak of 125 for a yearly average in 1957, under the leadership of John Lefler.
In 1968, under the leadership of Denver Shipley, ground was broken for a new church location at 3201 McKeen. The congregation moved into the new facility in November of that same year, with the help of a new pastor.
The history of a church is much more than a history of buildings. Over the years, the church has seen many people give their lives to Jesus. Also, several generations have been influenced by the ministries of the church. We prayerfully look to the future and envision even more lives being changed for eternity.