Our History

The history of our Church predates the division of the Methodist Episcopal Church over the question of slavery. William Ellington, one of the circuit riders of the Church ordained by Bishop Francis Asbury, spent most of his ministry in the areas of Virginia, West Virginia (which was then part of Virginia), Tennessee and Ohio. In 1834 he left his home in Hall County and came with his family to live in Gilmer County. At the time of Reverend Ellington’s arrival, the community was without a Church. The reverend was uncomfortable without a place to worship and proceeded to build the Methodist Faith in the community. He preached a first “Methodist” sermon under a large oak tree that stood where Thomas & Hall Pharmacy is now located. The reception to his sermon was overwhelming. Because his sermons were received with such vigor and enthusiasm, he elected to donate a portion of his land (where the City Cemetery is now located) for a Methodist Church. Unfortunately, he died prior to the completion of the deed transfer. In 1835, his son, L. D. Ellington, buried his father on that site, making him the first citizen to be buried in the cemetery.