In March of 1952, the present 4 ½ acre location at 527 Ridge Pike was purchased for the local VFW. A mid-19th Century Victorian mansion stood at the peak of the hill and this became the original worship site of the "Methodist Church of Whitemarsh Township". Rev. Thomas G. Hoffman served as the first pastor in May of 1952.
We recognize December 7, 1952 as the birthday of our church - when the 33 charter members began plans for the building of an adequate church building. Groundbreaking for Wesley Hall (the present sanctuary) began November 14, 1954 and the hall was completed on June 26, 1955. The name of the church was then changed to "Messiah Methodist Church" in 1957.
Under the direction of the Rev. William Wassel, who arrived in 1959, the education wing was built. Throughout the next decade, under the leadership of the Rev. J. Dennis Williams, the church grew with 239 members!
During the term of the Rev. Kenneth Kolva (1968-1976), major renovations were made to Wesley Hall, and ground was broken for a new social hall. During the service of the Rev. Andrew Simonson (1976-1982), the fellowship hall was constructed. This addition was named Kolva Hall in memory Kenneth Kolva.
In July of 1992, the Rev. Jim Todd began the longest term of any pastor here at Messiah—11 years. Many major renovations and improvements were completed over that time - a new sign was installed, and a new organ was dedicated.
Our first female pastor, the Rev. Nancy Miller, came in 2003 and was followed by the Rev. Tom Ebersole in 2008. Shortly after Pastor Tom's arrival, we dedicated a new picnic pavilion for fellowship and outdoor worship. Pastor Tom created many opportunities for growth, change, and renewal of our community.
In past years, we have introduced Rev. Bill Lentz and Rev. David Eckert, and through their leadership, have welcomed many new memebers. We look forward to watching our congregation grow even more through Rev. Eckert's leadership!
Our primary intention is to consistently do God's will in our everyday lives. This means contributing our donations to many community outreach programs and impoverished areas, as well as adventuring on many mission trips to help those in need.
We also aim to appeal to all people, regardless of race, age, economic status, or any other characteristic. That is why we vary our types of service each Sunday. We understand that worship comes in many forms, and so do God's people!
The music ministry of Messiah United Methodist Church is diverse in many ways. Our blended/traditional style focuses on Christ-centered music, fellowship, friendship, and most importantly, the sharing of the gospel of Christ through music in worship and special musical events. It is our hope that everyone who participates in the music ministries program is challenged to grow in Christ and to experience God's unconditional love through the love of music that we all share.
The Chancel Choir:
The choir provides anthems and special music, as well as leads the congregation in the singing of hymns. At Messiah, we sing both the traditional hymns of the church and newer contemporary songs accompanied by piano or organ. The Chancel Choir is open to anyone - regardless of skill or music reading ability - who would like to express their love for God and Jesus Christ through song.
The Children's Choir:
The Children's Choir practices every Sunday directly after Sunday School and sings in church on the 5th Sunday of the month. The choir members range in age from 5 through 14. The Children's Choir sings age appropriate selections and brings youthful enlightenment to the service.
We are a church family devoted to building and encouraging a passionate, spiritually healthy community. We are dedicated to embracing change, equipping followers of Jesus Christ and preparing leaders for the future.
We are also fully committed to serving others by sharing the abundance God has given this community. We are focused on the needs of those we may not know, engaging the poor, improving education, and spreading hope -- believing that Jesus himself set such an example of service, that we’ve been given the responsibility to follow it.
The congregation at Messiah United Methodist Church is known for being welcoming, full of life, and friendly to new visitors. We pride ourselves on being a multi-generational church full of families. We are mission oriented and are always looking for ways to do God's work and spread His love. We also vary our worship styles week to week, so everyone will always find fulfillment in the the Lord's house.