Blythe Island United Methodist Church

"The Small Church with Big Music!"

A Brief History

The formation of Blythe Island United Methodist Church began in June and July of 1961 when two separate meetings were held to determine whether or not to purchase a piece of property from Mr. John Bennett. Those present were: Mr. & Mrs. R. S. Harper, Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Mavromat, Mr. & Mrs. Q. L. Strickland,  Mrs. C. C. Roberts, Mrs. Mary Strickland and Leroy Dowling.

  Subsequently, a one week revival was held from July 30 through August 5, 1961, with various pastors and laymen scheduled to speak each evening. At this meeting Reverend I. L. Bishop, a retired minister, agreed to serve as pastor for one year with no salary. Mrs. Bishop was to serve as music director for $50 per month (to defray travel expenses).

  A tent was borrowed from Lakeside Methodist Church. Camp Tolochee, through Mr. Tommy Thompson, loaned the first church benches. Arco Methodist Church loaned a pulpit desk and Mr. Chester Anderson of Anderson Music Company loaned a piano. Captain Brockington donated lumber for a platform. Lakeside Methodist Church loaned us a number of pews, and Mr. Jeff Lee donated the electricity.Blythe Island United Methodist Church

Shown shaking hands with Pastor Ron Burbank, the late Brother Jim Rich brought his Guitar, Songs, and Stories to BIUMC

We look forward to gifted members, family, and friends to share their talents with BIUMC.  Rev. Rich was a colorful, God-fearing man with a christian testimony to share with anyone he met.  We miss him greatly.






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