McKendree United Methodist Church
|McKendree United Methodist Church|
|Location||523 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Denomination||United Methodist Church|
|Music group(s)||Eric Coomer|
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. It was named in honor of Bishop William McKendree (1757-1835), who dedicated the church building on November 23, 1834. Silversmith Joseph T. Elliston, who served as the fourth mayor of Nashville from 1814 to 1817, was one of its co-founders. It was the largest Methodist church in the United States at the time.
Alexander Little Page Green (1806-1874) served as its pastor, followed by John Berry McFerrin (1807-1887). 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.
During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, it was converted into a hospital. On January 29, 1879, a new church building was dedicated. However, on October 26, 1879, the church was burned down. In 1882, a new church was built. On July 4, 1905, the church building was burned down again. In 1910, the current church building was completed. In 1910, the Von Guerthler Art Glass Company added stained glass windows. In 1990, a Christian life Center was added to the rear of the church building.
- James A. Hoobler, A Guide to Historic Nashville, Tennessee, The History Press, 2008, p. 72 
- Official website: Our History
- 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 
- Herman Albert Norton, Religion in Tennessee, 1777-1945, Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 1981, p. 96 
- 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 Newspapers.com.
- Henry Thurston Tipps, A History of McKendree Church, Nashville, Tennessee: Parthenon Press, 1984 p. 140
- Barbara Bennett Peterson, Sarah Childress Polk, First Lady of Tennessee and Washington, Nova Publishers, 2002, p. 70 
- Official website: Our Pastor
- Official website: How We Worship