McKendree United Methodist Church

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McKendree United Methodist Church
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36°09′45″N 86°46′51″W / 36.1626°N 86.7808°W / 36.1626; -86.7808Coordinates: 36°09′45″N 86°46′51″W / 36.1626°N 86.7808°W / 36.1626; -86.7808
Location523 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee
CountryUnited States
DenominationUnited Methodist Church
Pastor(s)Stephen Handy
Organist(s)Dana Pride
Music group(s)Eric Coomer

The McKendree United Methodist Church is a United Methodist church in Nashville, Tennessee.


The church building is located at 523 on Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]


This was the location of the Nashville conference, June 3-11, 1850. This was the first major Meeting of southern states where secession was discussed. The first building at its present location was constructed in 1833.[2] It was named in honor of Bishop William McKendree (1757–1835), who dedicated the church building on November 23, 1834.[2][3][4] Silversmith Joseph T. Elliston, who served as the fourth mayor of Nashville from 1814 to 1817, was one of its co-founders.[5] It was the largest Methodist church in the United States at the time.[2]

Alexander Little Page Green (1806–1874) served as its pastor,[5] followed by John Berry McFerrin (1807–1887).[6] The funeral of James K. Polk (1795–1849), who served as the 11th President of the United States, was conducted by Rev. McFerrin in this church.[7]

During the American Civil War of 1861–1865, it was converted into a hospital.[2] On January 29, 1879, a new church building was dedicated.[2] However, on October 26, 1879, the church was burned down.[2] In 1882, a new church was built.[2] On July 4, 1905, the church building was burned down again.[2] In 1910, the current church building was completed.[2] In 1910, the Von Guerthler Art Glass Company added stained glass windows.[1] In 1990, a Christian life Center was added to the rear of the church building.[1]

At present[edit]

The current pastor is Stephen Handy, starting in 2009 to present day.[8] Services take place every Sunday at 9am and 11am.[9]


  1. ^ a b c James A. Hoobler, A Guide to Historic Nashville, Tennessee, The History Press, 2008, p. 72 [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Official website: Our History
  3. ^ Samuel S. Hill (ed.), Charles H. Lippy (ed.), Charles Reagan Wilson (ed.), Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2005, p. 538 [2]
  4. ^ Herman Albert Norton, Religion in Tennessee, 1777-1945, Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 1981, p. 96 [3]
  5. ^ a b Davis, Louise (August 14, 1983). "Early Silversmiths Left Marks on City. Names of Elliston, Calhoun Figure Big in Nashville History". The Tennessean. pp. 93–94. Retrieved April 14, 2018 – via
  6. ^ Henry Thurston Tipps, A History of McKendree Church, Nashville, Tennessee: Parthenon Press, 1984 p. 140
  7. ^ Barbara Bennett Peterson, Sarah Childress Polk, First Lady of Tennessee and Washington, Nova Publishers, 2002, p. 70 [4]
  8. ^ Official website: Our Pastor
  9. ^ Official website: How We Worship