St. Luke-Simpson UMC is recognized as a welcoming congregation. From the moment you walk through the door, you will be welcomed with a warm greeting and a sense of belonging. Our congregation is filled with loving and caring people who worship and serve God.
Our services are held on Sundays at 9:00 (Traditional) and 11:00 (Contemporary). During the week, we offer a wide variety of activities for all ages.
We are so blessed you chose St. Luke-Simpson, and we can't wait to see you soon!
Our church was first founded on March 2, 1890, as the Methodist Episcopal Church. Only nineteen people attended services hosted by Rev. C. A. King. These services were held in the Masonic Temple on Hodges Street.
In 1898, property was purchased and the church was moved to the corner of Pujo and Moss Street, where it was named the First Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1939, the branches of Methodism merged and the name of the church had to be changed. As there was already an older church in town called First Church, the First Methodist Episcopal Church elected to change its name to the Simpson Methodist Church. This was in honor of Methodist bishop Matthew Simpson.
On November 14, 1954, the church moved to its new location on Highway 14, as its location was a better fit. The former building was sold and the funds were used to build a third building that was completed in 1959.
In 1956, the National Board of Missions for the Methodist Church purchased property on Jefferson Street to build a new church. The church was named St. Luke and Rev. Taylor Wall was appointed as the first pastor. On February 3rd, 1957, St. Luke opened its doors for its first service.
In 1983, the St. Luke Methodist Church and the Simpson Methodist church merged congregations. The newly merged congregations held their first meeting together on Jefferson Street on April 24, 1983, and were pastored by Dr. Charles B. Simmons.
In 1988, Dr. Tommy Dunbar led construction for a new church on Country Club Road. Throughout the next 20 years, additions were added to the property. This is where St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church stands today.
FIND YOUR FAITH
We believe that all of us are on a journey. All of us have opportunities to grow in our faith and understanding throughout life. Careful reflection upon scripture, tradition, experience, and reason, help us in this growth. At the most basic level, we believe that a vital Christian faith consists of loving God and loving our neighbor.