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Our History

The Evangelical Methodist Church came into being to preserve the distinctive doctrines of Methodism, founded upon the inspiration and authenticity of the Bible and upon the Articles of Religion as set forth by John Wesley.


On May 9, 1946, in Memphis, Tennessee, a small group of preachers and laymen, headed by the moving spirit of Dr. J. H. Hamblen of Abilene, Texas, met together for consultation and prayer in the formidable task of forming a denomination.


Today the Evangelical Methodist Church reaches from coast to coast and into several foreign countries. The building of the church is of supreme importance. There has been great sacrificial service, most often with unsung praises. Prevailing has been a deep commitment to the Gospel and a compassion for the poor and needy.


The genesis of the First Evangelical Methodist Church of Sweetwater, Texas, was the organization September 2, 1951, following a revival meeting conducted by Dr. J. H. Hamblen in the Sweetwater City Auditorium. The agenda was straightforward and simple with a resolution to form a church according to John Wesley’s doctrine and teaching. There were twelve charter members, who were John Embry, Mrs. N. L. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hemby, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Morris, Jr., John C. Morris, Stanley Morris, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Shackelford, Jerry Shackelford, and Mary Shackelford.


The following Sunday, September 9, five more united with the church. They were Mr. and Mrs. Ira Moore, Gayle Moore, Morris Moore, and Johnnie Embry, Jr.


On September 16, the small congregation met in the house by the present church location at 700 Lamar. That house later became the parsonage until a new parsonage was purchased at 1416 Grand in 1969.


At the third meeting stewards and trustees were elected. Moreover, Mrs. Robert Clark (Della) was selected to be the church pianist. Cheerfully and faithfully, she has had the position the past 50 years.


The first Evangelical Methodist Women and first Evangelical Methodist Youth were also organized at that time. There were seven women members and eight youth members.


While they were meeting in the parsonage from September 1951, to May 1952, the group raised funds to build the left wing of the church. Plans for the construction of a church building were made under the leadership of J. C. Morris, Jr., former City Engineer for Sweetwater. The first service in the new building was on March 30, 1952. Most of the materials used in the construction of the church came from the large old house on the property.


Then on May 17, 1952, there was a special conference to celebrate the formal opening of the church and commemorate the laying of the cornerstone with the Biblical inscription from John 15:5 “Without me you can do nothing.”

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Phone: 325 236-6010


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What Keeps Us Going

We're here to welcome you. Please stop by during these hours:


Sunday School 9:45

Sunday Worship 11:00

Wednesday Bible Study 6:30

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)


Regular Hours

Sunday School: 9:45am

Worship: 11:00am

Wednesday: 6:30pm

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