Our History

Our church began in January 1833 when twenty people met in the log cabin of Eleazer E. Calkins at a place known as “Thompson’s Corners.” Rev. Jesse Jessup, a circuit riding preacher from Plymouth, gave the message. “I heard that my Master had some sheep up here in the wilderness,” Jessup said, “and I have come to find them.”

The first Methodist Church was built on the corner of East Lake and Reese Streets in 1841. Growing rapidly, the congregation constructed a new building on the same site in 1860.

Disaster struck on the night of July 24, 1890 when the building burned to the ground during an electrical storm. Only the altar rail, Bible, pulpit, desk and organ were saved. Before the ashes were cold, the pastor called a meeting and plans were made to rebuild.

In 1927, members added an auditorium, Quick Hall, which served the whole town as a gathering place, and the gymnasium was the setting for South Lyon High School graduations until the late 1940’s.

Growth continued, and six acres of land were purchased on South Lafayette Street in 1966. The first building on the new site, completed in 1971, consisted of a fellowship hall (which served as a temporary sanctuary) education wing, kitchen, and other rooms.

The new sanctuary was built in 1988. The bell from the 1890’s church building was reconditioned and hung beside the cross that rose above the roofline of the sanctuary.

Needing still more space, the congregation constructed the chapel wing in 1999, including a new nursery, classrooms, and facilities for the South Lyon Co-op Nursery. The interior courtyard created by the new wing contains a meditation and memorial garden.

From a small gathering of 20 pioneers in a log cabin, the church has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the past 180 years. The one thing that has stayed constant is our faith in God who makes all things possible.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. From everlasting to everlasting you are God. – Psalm 90:1