This Week in Texas Methodist History


Macum Phelan is well known as the author of a two volume history of Texas Methodism.  The first volume was published in 1924 and covered the years 1817-1866.  The second appeared in 1937 and covered the years 1867-1902


Phelan was born February 22, 1874 in Tennessee and was orphaned in childhood.  When he was sixteen, he moved to McLennan County, Texas to live with older brothers.  He earned enough as a cow hand to attend the University of Texas and obtain a teaching certificate.  He taught in McLennan County for several years, and in 1900 bought a newspaper, the Moody Courier


A compelling call to preach caused him to leave journalism and return to the University of Texas to study for the Methodist ministry. 


His first appointment…

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