The South Georgia Conference Committee on Mission and Church Extension and the Albany City Board of Missions were commissioned in 1981 to do a feasibility study in Albany to determine whether a need existed for an Ethnic Minority United
Methodist Church. After one year of extensive study, it was determined that further study was needed. Rev. Amos O. Holmes, Special Assistant to the Bishop, was asked to coordinate the study and to conduct a canvas of a selected area in Albany. Many factors showed that Westtown was a prime target area for a new United Methodist Church. The first worship service was held on June 26, 1983, at the Westtown Library with 26 people hearing the message being delivered by Rev. Clarence Gardener, Jr. In the fall of 1983, the land was purchased on the corner of Gordon and English Rd. and services were held at the Al Rakin Shriner's Temple until a sanctuary was built. A mobile chapel was purchased in 1984
and placed on the site and a parsonage was bought in 1986. Rev. John Brown became the pastor and Columbus Burns, III, former District Attorney, became a candidate for the ministry and completed his theological courses at Duke University. Rev. Willie Lucas received his call under the pastorate of Rev. Brown in 1987, and Rev. Oliver O. Thompson joined the church.