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Porterfield Memorial UMC - Southwest


History

Organized on September 11, 1955, this church first met in the Air Force Reserve Center on North Slappey Drive and then in the Masonic Temple on Pine Avenue. The church was named in memory of Rev. Ralph W. Porterfield. Rev. C. W. Hancock was the first pastor. Ground for the first building was broken on Easter Sunday, 1956; the five-acre site was given by Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Haley, Sr. The first unit, the educational building, was completed and dedicated in 1957; and services were held there until the completion of the sanctuary in late 1965. It was dedicated on December 19, 1965. A chapel was constructed in 1970 and named the Mabel Haley Chapel. The church hosted the South Georgia Annual Conference in 1972.
In 1968 the first parsonage was built and in 1980 a second parsonage purchased. In 1994 the first Ash Wednesday service was held. From 1990- 2005 the church assisted in building several Habitat for Humanity houses in the community. In 1999 Contemporary Service, called 9:45 Alive, began. In 2001 several new programs including FFGO (for Fifth Graders Only), Terrific Tuesday, and Solid Rock Cafe (for youth) were started. In 2002 the church was awarded Church of the Year by Vashti and Acolyte training began. In 2006 the church celebrated its 50th anniversary. As of 2011, the educational building is used for the Contemporary Service and group meetings.

 

Location

2200 Dawson Road
Albany GA 31707

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3040 Riverside Dr., Suite A-2 - Macon, GA 31210

PO Box 7227 - Macon, GA 31209

478-738-0048 | 800-535-4224

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3040 Riverside Dr., Suite A-2 - Macon, GA 31210

PO Box 7227 - Macon, GA 31209

478-738-0048 | 800-535-4224

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99 Arthur J. Moore Dr - St Simons Is., GA 31522

PO Box 20408 - St Simons Island, GA 31522

912-638-8626 | 888-266-7642

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