Brazoria UMC Celebrates 175 Years

Date Posted: 3/1/2011

Imagine a rural congregation serving their community for 175 years, across the 19th, 20th and into the 21st Centuries. First United Methodist Church of Brazoria was established in 1836 as a direct response to Texas’ independence from Mexico. In those days, Protestant congregations could not legally be established in Texas.

Imagine a rural congregation, usually no more than 50 people, standing the test of time and events. Events such as the Civil War, Reconstruction, the advent of electricity, World War I, the roaring 20s and the Great Depression, World War II, the Apollo moon landings, the end of the Cold War, 9/11/01, and now deeper into the age of incredible technological innovations!

Imagine a weekend to celebrate 175 years of ministry. First will be experiencing their “175th Birthday Weekend” on April 2 and April 3.

On Saturday, April 2, for the “Homecoming” portion of the weekend, they will host a segment called “Live Chat!” at 2pm where previous pastors will share lots of humor, insight, reflections and memories of the years past. Former pastors include: Rev. Chap Temple, Rev. Jim McConnell, Rev. Roy James (South District Superintendant), Rev. Ed Hillyer, Rev. Gail Harrelson, and Rev. Peter Cammarano. A reception will follow afterwards.

Throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, there will be activities on the church campus which include combined games between the present youth group and the “alumni” youth group (young adults now in their 20s who were in the youth group in the 1990s), a moonwalk, “old fashioned games” (like horseshoes, and bottle-toss) for kids, and other fun activities.
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From 6pm through 9pm will be the Gospelfest portion of the weekend, which will include musical performances from over 12 groups from throughout the area and throughout the past 30 years of the life of First Methodist.

On Sunday morning, there will be a special Sunday worship service starting at 10:30 a.m. to honor God for 175 years of life and ministry. Bishop Janice Riggle Huie will be the guest preacher, and will also lead Holy Communion.

Celebrate with the congregation on April 2 and April 3, and thank God as the church gives thanks for 175 years of serving, loving and growing.


First United Methodist Church of Brazoria
Physical Address: 409 Lazy Lane / Brazoria, TX 77422
Phone number: 979-798-2220
Pastor Greg Oberg:

Information from the Southwest District Site: