Close to 1900, the first Methodist service in what is now Alma was held under a shelter that was part of the Deen & McLaughlin Turpentine operation. In 1902, the Alma Methodist Episcopal Church South was officially organized with 6 charter members. Services were held in a one-room public school building that was located on the block where the Bacon County Hospital is today. Layman A. M. McLaughlin was Superintendent of the Sunday school and Rev. T. D. Strong pastored the church during 1902 and 1903.
The congregation erected a new church in 1905, near the original school building. This structure was moved from this location to the corner of 14th St and Church Street in 1920. It was torn down in 1939, and services were held in the Courthouse until the new church was built. The new church was constructed in 1940, at the corner of Dixon and 5th St. in the tradition style for that period, featuring 6 columns, a high ceiling portico fronting sanctuary, social hall, and church office and Sunday school rooms. The Alma Methodist Church became a full time station church in 1942. From 1956 through 1960, the vision to expand the facilities of the Alma Methodist Church was initiated. As funds became available, property adjacent to the Dixon St. property was acquired and a new educational facility was built between 4th and 5th St. In, 1972, the congregation approved and a new sanctuary was constructed on the corner of Dixon and 5th St, the site that had held the parsonage. The groundbreaking began in 1976, and the first service was held on October 23, 1977. The sanctuary was consecrated to the glory of our Lord in special services on February 5, 1978, with Bishop William R. Cannon presiding. The former sanctuary became the church's new Social Hall and hosts Wednesday night dinners, Sunday lunches, Christmas plays, Vacation Bible Schools and local Scout meetings.
A parsonage was built at 12th St and Church St and later moved to 14th St and Church St. In 1947, a red brick parsonage was built on the corner of Dixon and 5th St., across from the sanctuary. In 1968, the parsonage was moved from its Dixon St. location to a lot on the west side of Douglas St. On November 5, 2006, the Church Charge Conference voted to build a new parsonage. Groundbreaking was held in January, 2007, and construction began in February, 2007. Rev. Buddy and Mary Ella Whatley moved into the new parsonage on July 19, 2007, and an open house was held on Sunday, August 26, 2007.
In 1969, Alma UMC began paying a share of the support of several missionaries, among who were Rev. Milton and Geraldine Kalso, Gerrie Stout (of our church), Rev. and Mrs. Marvin Wilson, Rev. and Mrs. Tom Curtis and Ms. Jana Futch (of our church). Other mission teams to Jamaica (1980), Mountain Top Missions, Tennesse (1985), Mexico (1987), Honduras (1991), Venezuela (1991), Costa Rica (2000), Guatemala (2000), Panama (2000) and Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona (2007 & 2008). These mission trips included members and/or pastors of Alma UMC.
Three pastors, The Rev. Tom Stroud, Rev. Kendrick Tillman and Rev. Bobby Coleman, came from this church.