The Bicentennial Commemoration of Methodism in Gallia County was held at Grace United Methodist Church in Gallipolis on Sunday, September 17, 2017. The celebration included a meal, entertainment, historical displays from local Methodist Churches and a worship service. Foothills District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Miller was the special guest preacher. West Ohio Bishop Gregory V. Palmer sent a special greeting via video.
In 1817, Rev. Henry Baker, an itinerant circuit rider, preached the first Methodist sermon in Gallipolis in the log home of Ahaz S. Morehouse, at the mouth of Mill Creek. Much opposition was met here, so the meeting place was transferred to the home of Calvin Sheperd on First Avenue. As this First Methodist Episcopal Society grew, opposition continued and as both the courthouse and the schoolhouse were denied to them for worshipping, they continued to meet in the Sheperd barn until the first Methodist meeting house was built in 1821. Presently, there are 788 United Methodists in Gallia County that make up our 11 congregations.
The 200th anniversary celebration was a time to remember all God has done, rejoice in God’s goodness and faithfulness and renew commitments to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Glory be to God!