2020

New Church Website Deployed

New Church Website Deployed

The Church Website was updated and deployed under a new domain name "ChurchHillFUMC.com" and Logo design.

2015

Church's 175 Year Anniversary

Church's 175 Year Anniversary

Year-long celebration of the church’s 175th anniversary.

2014

Dedication of New Church Sign

Dedication of New Church Sign

A new church sign was dedicated.

2014

Church Mission Statement was Updated

Church Mission Statement was Updated

The church Mission Statement was updated.

2014

Youth Mission Trip to Chattanooga

Youth Mission Trip to Chattanooga

The Youth participated in a mission trip to Chattanooga.

2014

Church was recognized by the Kingsport District

Church was recognized by the Kingsport District

The church was recognized by the Kingsport District for its continued commitment to Evangelism and 5-star missions.

2013

Youth Represented at the Gatlinburg Resurrection

Youth Represented at the Gatlinburg Resurrection

The Youth represented the Kingsport District with a performance at Resurrection in Gatlinburg.

2013

Prayer Garden was Installed

Prayer Garden was Installed

A Prayer Garden was designed and installed by Clayton Stanley as an Eagle Scout project.

2005

First Children's Health Fair

First Children's Health Fair

Church Hill First UMC and Wellmont Health Systems sponsored the community’s first Children’s Health Fair.

2004

Parish Nurse and Keenagers Formed

Parish Nurse and Keenagers Formed

The position of Parish Nurse was added to the staff.

The Keenagers was formed for age 50 and older.

Pack 286 Cub Scouts were chartered by the church.

2002

Stained Glass in Sanctuary Presented

Stained Glass in Sanctuary Presented

Presentation of the sanctuary’s stained glass windows, donated by members in honor or memory of loved ones.

2000

Stained Glass in Chancel was Presented

Stained Glass in Chancel was Presented

Presentation of stained glass in the chancel, a gift of Jean Young in memory of her mother, Ruth Britton.

20th Century

1998

Exchange of Pastorates from England

Exchange of Pastorates from England

Rev. Harry Hight exchanged pastorates for three months with Rev. Geoffrey Bell from Berkshire, England.

1995

Community Clothes Closet Established

Community Clothes Closet Established

The Susanna Wesley Circle, under the leadership of Margaret Davidson, established the Community Clothes Closet. People from other denominations joined in support. It was later incorporated and has provided over $1 Million in financial assistance to many needs in the area.

1994

Preschool was Organized

Preschool was Organized

A church preschool was organized for ages three and four.

1993

Neighboring Property was Purchased

Neighboring Property was Purchased

Neighboring property adjoining the parking lot was purchased. A picnic area with playground was later developed.

1991

Original Bell Moved to Bell Tower

Original Bell Moved to Bell Tower

The original bell and belfry of the old log church was moved to a bell tower built by Deborah Collins in memory of her father.

1990

Methodist Hymnals Purchased

Methodist Hymnals Purchased

Members purchased 150 new Methodist Hymnals.

1986

Mary Even Circle Formed

Mary Even Circle Formed

The Mary Evans Circle was formed in honor of deceased church member.

1983

Hand Bell Donation

Hand Bell Donation

Hand bells were donated in memory of Jesse C. and Grace Alley by their children.

1981

Sanctuary Dedication

Sanctuary Dedication

Dedication service for the sanctuary.

1976

Church Steeple Dedication

Church Steeple Dedication

Dedication of the sanctuary steeple, a gift of Marie Smith in memory of her husband, Bert Smith.

1974

Church was Consecrated

Church was Consecrated

The new church was consecrated with Bishop L. Scott Allen presiding, assisted by the pastor Rev. W. B. Thomas, and two former pastors, Dr. Roy C. Davis and Rev. Stanley Harrison.

The Methodist Men’s Club was chartered.

1973

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women

The Women’s Society of Christian Service became the United Methodist Women (UMW.)

1973

Fifth Church Sanctuary Completed

Fifth Church Sanctuary Completed

The fifth church sanctuary was completed and its first worship service held on July 1.

1973

Sanctuary Conversion to Fellowship Hall

Sanctuary Conversion to Fellowship Hall

The 1948 sanctuary was converted into the fellowship hall; an adjoining classroom was remodeled into a kitchen and the basement classrooms were redecorated.

1968

Became a United Methodist Church

Became a United Methodist Church

The Methodist Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church, becoming the United Methodist Church.

1958

Municipality with a Church at its Center

Municipality with a Church at its Center

Church Hill became a municipality. The City seal includes a log church in its center.

1955

Fourth Parsonage was Built

Fourth Parsonage was Built

The fourth parsonage was built on South Central Avenue on land donated by Dr. and Mrs. Warner Clark. Rev. C.Walter Martin and family were its first residents.

1953

Church Dedication Held

Church Dedication Held

The church’s dedication service was held.

The Susanna Wesley Circle and Mary B.Hamilton Circle were organized.

1948

Fourth Church was Built

Fourth Church was Built

The fourth church building was built and became the first brick building on the site. The church became a station church with Rev. John H. Meyers as its first pastor.

1942

The Reverend Spy

The Reverend Spy

The community became the setting for The Reverend Spy WWII novel written by David P. Denton, pastor of the church for 8 months.

1937

Women's Society of Christian Service

Women's Society of Christian Service

The Women’s Missionary Society became the Women’s Society of Christian Service when three Methodist denominations merged.

1922

Church Rented a Parsonage

Church Rented a Parsonage

The church circuit bought a parsonage that the Church Hill church rented and later bought in 1948. This is the white house on the corner of Main St. at the traffic light.

1910

New Road to the Church Opened

New Road to the Church Opened

The railroad cut across the private drive to the church and a new road was opened on church land from North Central Avenue.

1910

Church Circuit Established

Church Circuit Established

In its earliest days, this church was on a circuit known as the Holston Region. It included much of the Nolichucky and French Broad Valleys as well as the Holston Valley. Parts of the region were Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. Later, the North Carolina area and part of the Virginia area were placed on other circuits with much of upper East Tennessee section renamed the Church Hill circuit with eleven churches. The circuit was later reduced to nine and to seven by 1914.

1909

Women's Missionary Society Organized

Women's Missionary Society Organized


The Women’s Missionary Society originated with monthly meetings at the church. It was organized by Mrs. James W. Dobyns who rode side saddle from Rotherwood in Kingsport to the meetings.

19th Century

1890

A Third Church was Built

A Third Church was Built

A third church was built. This was also a frame building and was built because the foundation of the previous building had given way.

1872

A Second Church was Built

A Second Church was Built

A second church was built. It was of frame construction and built following a great revival in which many were converted.

1871

Land Donated for Church

Land Donated for Church

Ellen P. Davis donated land for a church, school and Masonic Hall.

1845

Methodist Denomination Adopted

Methodist Denomination Adopted

The church’s first affiliation was with the Methodist Episcopal Church South, until reunification of three Methodist denominations in 1939.

1845

"The Church on the Hill"

"The Church on the Hill"

On shipping materials to this area before the railroad and the depot were built, a loading and unloading point was designated as “near the church on the hill”, giving Church Hill its name. The area was previously known as Hamilton for a doctor who had bought the land from the Cherokee Indians.

1840

Church Beginning

Church Beginning

People began worshipping in a log house on a hill.