First United Methodist Church has a long and rich history in Greenville Ohio. The church has experienced tragedy and triumph: destruction by fire, the glory of new bells, and the hard work of remodeling.
1818 Methodist circuit riders served parts of Preble, Darke, Miami, & Montgomery Counties
1833 first frame church built across Sycamore St from present church
1852 brick church built, replacing the former one
1870 brick church remodeled and enlarged
1874 (or 1875) bell tower added
June 16, 1895 fire destroyed the building
April 21, 1896 cornerstone of present church laid at 4th St & Sycamore St
1907 new bells installed in bell tower
1920’s basement completed and kitchen added
1958 education wing added
1961 sanctuary remodeled
1998 elevator and additional bathrooms added
2015 flooding in the basement, resulting in current remodeling of classrooms
The church is never static, always changing. That’s because the church isn’t a building – the church is the people who gather to share life, grow in faith, and practice ministry together. First United Methodist Church is a hometown, community church. We work with strategic partners in Greenville and Darke County to promote the good of our community and world. We hope you’ll consider being a part of the history we’re making together today!