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Christ UMC (Albany) - Southwest


 Dr. C.R. Hodges, Sr. gave land for a new church which was held in trust by the Albany City Board of Missions until October 13, 1979. A steering committee was named in June 1979, and people began meeting in homes to build a membership interest drive for the new church which was to receive its first pastoral appointment in June 1980. Names were submitted for the naming process, and the name Christ UMC was chosen. The church was able to use the facilities of Deerfield Windsor Lower School Campus for Sunday school classes and its cafeteria for the worship services until a new building could be constructed. A member, architect J.M. Yielding, was assigned to draw up the plans and the congregation began raising funds through the potential members with the support of Porterfield UMC, Albany FUMC, Albany City Board of Missions, Kingdom Builders, and a challenge grant from The Bradley Foundation.
Additional land was given by C.R. Hodges, Jr. and, in 1980, an afternoon service was held on the site with an altar of promise erected from stones gathered on the property. This service was led by District Superintendent C.W. Handy Hancock and Erwin M. "Buddy" Cooper, Jr., who was appointed as our first pastor in June of 1980 by the South Georgia UMC Conference. A building committee was organized from the 132 members and the construction began in February 1982. LRA Contractors Inc. was chosen to build what was to be named Phase 1. The new two-story multi-purpose building unit was dedicated on December 5, 1982, with an honorarium plaque to the glory of God and in honor of Rev. Frederick Wilson, longtime pastor of Albany FUMC who preached during the service. The property was donated in his honor to the Albany City Board of Missions by Dr. Hodges years earlier to be used for building a new UMC in Albany.
Soon after, a large two-story parsonage was constructed across from the church. A "Debt No More in 1994" campaign to pay off the remaining debt was held and celebrated with a note burning ceremony soon after. The "Keep It Alive in 1995" campaign raised funds to build Phase 2, the educational building. This construction included a parlor, choir room, kid’s class, library and prayer room, and two adult classes. The church celebrated again by paying off the debt in 2007. LaGrange College leased the upstairs of the educational building for extra class space but this was closed when enrollment dropped. Christ UMC participates quarterly with other local congregations in the Sunday Evening with Our Neighbors project to help feed homeless citizens weekly in the community. In 2015, the thirty-fifth anniversary was held with Rev. Buddy Cooper returning for the homecoming service.   



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