Oak Forest United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 23, 2017
To Know Christ, To Grow in Christ, To Share Christ

Church History

   

 Groundbreaking

 

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.