Tremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church

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Tremont St. Church, 19th century

The Tremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 740 Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts, was built in 1862 from a design by architect Hammatt Billings.[1] In the late 1960s it became the New Hope Baptist Church.[2]


Prior to 1862, the Methodist Episcopal congregation had occupied the Hedding Church on Pelham Street in Boston for some 20 years.[3] The congregation's new church building, located at 740 Tremont Street, "is a large, Gothic, natural-quarry stone building, with two spires, respectively 150 feet and 100 feet high."[1]

In 1869, several members of the Tremont Street Church congregation established the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The group of eight founders consisted of Mrs. Lewis Flanders; Mrs. Thomas Kingsbury; Mrs. William B. Merrill; Lois Lee Parker; Mrs. Thomas A. Rich; Mrs. H.J. Stoddard; and Mrs. P.T. Taylor.[4] The society grew quickly across the country, and by 1876 included "eight associated branches" in New England; New York and New Jersey; Pennsylvania and Delaware; Maryland, District of Columbia, and Eastern Virginia; Ohio, Western Virginia and Kentucky; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin; Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Colorado; and Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.[5] By 1909, it was "the largest woman's foreign missionary society in the world."[6]

Through the years, pastors of Tremont Church included John E. Cookman (c. 1874); William E. Huntington (c. 1881); C.E. Davis (c. 1901); Charles K. Jenness (c. 1914); and others.[1][7][8][9]

The building changed owners in the 1960s, and today houses the New Hope Baptist Church.[10]


  1. ^ a b c King's handbook of Boston. 1881; p.162.
  2. ^ New Hope Baptist Church. About us. Retrieved 2012-04-09
  3. ^ Syracuse University. "Bromfield Street, Tremont Street, and People's Temple Methodist Church Records (Boston, Mass)". 
  4. ^ Frances J Baker. The story of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1869-1895 rev. ed. Cincinnati: Cranston & Curts, 1898.
  5. ^ The Heathen woman's friend, v.8. Printed by Alfred Mudge and Son, for the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1876; p.286.
  6. ^ Founded 40 years; Notable Work of Society of Methodist Women. Has Raised Nearly $10,000,000 for Foreign Mission Cause. Boston Daily Globe, Apr 15, 1909. p.10.
  7. ^ Tremont Street Methodist; First Sermon by the New Pastor, the Rev. John E. Cookman. Boston Daily Globe, May 4, 1874. p.2.
  8. ^ Dr. Abbott answers critic; Boston Clergyman Accuses Plymouth Pastor of Advocating Saloons. New York Times, Dec 17, 1901. p.1.
  9. ^ Appreciate social hour after service; Nearly 200 Young People Exchange Greetings. Experiment at the Tremont Street Church Proving Popular. Boston Daily Globe, Nov 16, 1914. p.16.
  10. ^ United Methodist Church. "General Commission on Archives & History". 

Further reading[edit]

  • Laura S Bixby. An outline history of the foreign missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Syracuse, N.Y. 1876.
  • Chinese woman present; Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the M. E. Church Celebrates. Boston Daily Globe. Mar 23, 1896. p. 3.
  • Annual report of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Issues 32-34. Boston: Miss P.J. Walden, 1901.

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Coordinates: 42°20′24.53″N 71°4′43.51″W / 42.3401472°N 71.0787528°W / 42.3401472; -71.0787528