GORDON’S CHAPEL METHODIST CHURCH

Gordon’s Chapel Methodist Church is deeply rooted in history. Whether that history is the Biblical foundations of our faith or the history of the community that we serve, history is vital to who we are and to what we believe. This history encompasses the Old Testament showing how God delivered His people out of Egypt. It offers hope and salvation through the history of the New Testament where God, through His Son, Jesus, delivered His people out of sin. As we move into the future, it is also the history that God is making today in our community and in our world. It is our desire to be a part of that history as God unfolds it before us.

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Gordon’s Chapel Church (Methodist Episcopal Church South) was organized in 1898 under the pastorate of Felix L. Church. Services were first held in a brush arbor and school house until the year 1900, at which time Mrs. J .F. Gordon donated a lot to build a church. During this year a one story frame building was erected, which was for church and Sunday school for 51 years.
In 1917, some additional land was purchased adjacent to original one acre lot. This land was bought by the Executors of the estate of J. M Seagraves, and by J. A. Stone, and donated to the church for use as a cemetery.

On December 10, 1935, Rev. B .W. Hancock, who was the pastor of Gordon’s Chapel at that time, called a meeting of the official board of the church, to discuss the erection and payment of a new building. It was decided that the old building be torn down and that a new brick building erected in its place. The first service was held in the new building on June 12, 1936.
The funds for the erection of this building were given freely and cheerfully, not only by the congregation, but by members of other churches, and by friends in nearby communities and towns. Most of the labor was contributed without charge, with the exception of the skilled labor, and a fine spirit of cooperation existed during construction.
In 1945, the County School Board deeded four acres of land and a school house with four rooms and an auditorium to the trustees of the church. This property is currently being used for education and recreational purposes by the church and community.

The church was in the Danielsville Charge at the time this history was written. It is located in Sanford Community of Madison County, Georgia. It serves as a public center as well as a place for worship. Its doors are open to all seeking to find peace in the Christian way of life.

Adapted from a brief history written by the late A. F. Seagraves (C 1950)

Clergy from 1953 on: Paul Stokes (1953-1954); Robert Rudd (1955-1956); Paul Callahan (1957); Bonnie Peters (1958-1959); Bobby Partridge (1960-1963); J. B. McNeil (Mar 1963 – Aug 1963); Clarence Hollingsworth (Aug 1963 – 1964); Wayne Fears (1964-1965); Robert Lanford (1966-1971); Ralph Harris (1972-1976); Pierce Norman (1977-1980); Forrest King (1981-1982); Douglas Brown (1983-1984); George Chambers (1985-1989); Luther Cooper (1989-1994); John Sorrow (1995-1996); Robert Passmore (1997-2006); William (Bill) Coady (2006-2011); Bill Jackson (2011-2015); Joel Embry (2015-2020); Andy Hargrove (2020-

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