Oak Forest United Methodist Church
Saturday, January 28, 2023
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Church History

June 10, 2018: 50th Anniversary Celebration
Message from District Superintendent



Fellowship Hall, late 1960s. Now used by the After School Program.

1964 - The Davidson County Board of Missions of The United Methodist Church decides that there is a need for another Methodist Church in Davidson County. A 12.5 acre tract is purchased on which to build the church.


1968 - Rev. J. P. Greene is appointed to organize the church and becomes the first pastor. The first church service is held on July 21, 1968 at 8 pm in the Midway School gym. Twelve people present themselves for membership. On Sunday, August 25th of that year, at a Charge Conference, officers are elected and the name "Oak Forest" is chosen.


1969 - On February 23rd, the Church observes Charter Sunday. There are 92 charter members present. On May 4th, there is a groundbreaking for the first building. The building, known today as the Fellowship Hall, is completed that summer. First services are held on Sunday, November 23rd.


1970 - Cub Scout and Boy Scout Programs are organized. A kindergarten is organized. United Methodist Men's program is launched.


1972 - On February 20th, the first Homecoming Service is held. Rev. Joe Davis becomes pastor on June 4th. Church membership continues to grow.


1974 - Rev. Paul Davenport becomes pastor.


1978 - Rev. Larry Clifton becomes pastor.


1981 - Rev. Carl Dunker becomes pastor.


1982 - Church produces the outdoor drama "A Hill Called Calvary," written by Rev. Carl Dunker. The performance of the drama continues until 1996.


1986 - The Sanctuary is completed and dedicated.


1988 - Rev. Jim Singleton becomes pastor.


1989 - Rev. David Wyant becomes pastor.


1994 - Rev. James T. Webb becomes pastor.


1996 - The Education Building is completed.


1999 - The new parsonage is completed. The After School Program opens on August 18th with seven children and Ann Starbuck as director.


2001 - Rev. Bill Berry becomes pastor. Church holds first Car and Truck Show. The show is held the following two years.


2002 - Church gets a new permanent sign at the church entrance.


2003 - Congregation performs the drama "A Hill Called Calvary." The debt to the parsonage is retired making the church debt free. The After School program obtains "Notice of Compliance" GS-110-106. Rev. Doug Pryor becomes pastor. Church becomes the North Davidson distribution point for "home delivered meals" later to become known as Meals on Wheels.


2004 - Church purchases 5.5 acres of adjoining property to enlarge the church campus.


2005 - Ground breaking is held in December for the Family Life Center.


2006 - Family Life Center is built and a walking trail behind the church is created.


2007 - Rev. Jacqueline Tookey becomes pastor.


2010 - Rev. Darren Alexander becomes pastor.


2017 - Rev. Julie Wilburn Peeler becomes pastor.


2021 - Rev. Rick Carter becomes pastor.