Our History

In the early 1850’s two men from West Newton, John Burris, a local preacher and David Horton, having returned from attending a revival service at Mount Olive began holding prayer and testimonial meetings in their home. That was the beginning of the first Methodist Episcopal Church at West Newton. By 1857, regular attendance was such that there was a need for a fixed place of worship. A plot of land on the southwest corner of what is now Mooresville and Mendenhall Roads was purchased and a church building erected.

​This church served the congregation for 40 years until it was sold at auction and was moved two blocks east. A new church was built on the same site and was dedicated in March of 1901. During the first 100 years of existence the church was the head of the West Newton circuit, sharing some 30 pastors with Mt. Olive, Friendswood, Maywood and Bethel. In 1950, West Newton ME Church was able to support its own pastor.

​In 1939 all branches of the Methodist church, including the Methodist Episcopal, merged together to form The Methodist Church. In 1968, a further merger occurred with the Evangelical United Brethren Church forming the United Methodist Church. West Newton EM became West Newton UMC.

​In 1965, nine acres were purchased by the congregation on Mendenhall Road where a new parsonage was built. In May of 1970 the decision to build a new church on the property was made. After sufficient fundraising, a new church was built and later consecrated on October 5, 1975.

​West Newton UMC has seen growth and changes throughout the years. But one thing remains the same. For over 150 years, the people of WNUMC have continued to seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.