Joseph Session and his nephew, Franklin Barge, settled two miles north of Trotman in the mid-1800s and donated land for the Sardis Methodist Church
. The community built the original wooden building, which was sealed with hand-planed lumber. The church had and still has a center divider more than three feet tall with pews on each side, men on one side and women on the other. This segregation continued until the 1920s. The original pews, handmade of wide pine boards, are still in use. The cemetery is located across the road from the church and graves date back to the 1840s and 1850s. Termites and wood rot had settled into the building by the 1970s and 1980s, but the congregation decided to renovate and restore the church. The majority of the work was completed and as much of the original material as possible was used. The church was originally on the Shellman Circuit, but as of 2017 is part of the Lumpkin Charge.