Akin Memorial UMC - Coastal


  In the eastern part of Wayne County a church was organized in 1888 and named Mt. Pleasant for the community it served. A building of virgin-heart, yellow pine was erected in 1892. The interior was described as "one of the most lovely county churches in this section."  In 1945 the building was restored by the Akin family, rededicated on October 7 of that year, and named Akin Memorial. An educational unit was dedicated in 1961, and a new assembly room added in 1966.
In 1919, this church was on the Granberry Circuit, Waycross District, with Rev. J.A. Cook the pastor for Mt. Pleasant, Taylors Chapel, and Everett City. In 1921, it was on the Darien-Townsend Charge with Rev. L.E. Williams, the pastor. In 1929, it was on the Brunswick Circuit with 5 churches, back to Darien Charge in 1946, and in 1961 it was placed on the new Epworth Charge. In 1963, the Epworth Charge received the Circuit of the Year Award and in 1981 Akin Memorial won "Church of the Year."
In 1991 church cemetery planning was started and the church was taken off the Epworth Charge and received its own pastor, Rev. Dane Dasher. In 1993-1994 stained glass windows were installed. In 2007 a new fellowship building with a stage and kitchen was added.



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Hortense GA 31543

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