making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world
Our Church History
Claxton First United Methodist Church was the first organized Church in Claxton and was established May 10, 1893 by its charter members. The first pastor was Rev. C.S.T. Strickland. In 1899 the first church building was erected under the leadership of Rev. R. M. Booth; on the site was a wooden frame building. In 1912, under the leadership of Rev. C. T. Clark, a beautiful brick building was built. This included a sanctuary with Sunday School rooms in the rear. The beautiful stained glass memorial windows were installed by friends. In 1940, under the leadership of Rev. John S. Lough, an educational wing was constructed. This annex included several classrooms and a Fellowship Hall. Under the leadership of Rev. Shannon Holloway, pastor of the church from 1952-1954, plans were made for remodeling, reconstructing, and for new additions for the church. The Fellowship Hall was built by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parker as a memorial to his mother, the late Mrs. I. D. Parker. The chapel was built by Mr. S. G. Tos and family in memory of his wife, Mrs. S. G. Tos. The extensive building program was launched in 1954 under the leadership of Rev. Aubrey Alsobrook. The building program included redecoration of the sanctuary and the erection of a front addition, which included a choir room, pastor’s study, Church office, renovation of the Sunday School rooms in the rear and adding a second story to this section of the building. The building was complete during the pastorate of J. Alton Davis in 1958. The church sanctuary burned and was completely destroyed on November 17, 1987. It was rebuilt in 1988-1989 and, under the leadership of Rev. Larry Bird and was dedicated on December 17, 1989.