Center UMC - Northeast


History

In 1882, this church began in a log building with Rev. John T. Sharpe as the first pastor. The land, which is where the present church stands, was donated by John O. Wilkes and his son, M. F. Wilkes.  In 1919, Center was on the Higgiston Circuit with Harden's Chapel, Ruth, Higgiston and Odum.  Rev. W. E. Scott was pastor.  In 1930, Center was head of this circuit of churches and Rev. C. A. Griffith was pastor.  The present church was built in 1925-1926.  The old log church was pulled across the street where it was converted into a dwelling house.  It burned down in the early 1940's.  In 1928 or 1929, when the home of Tom McSwain burned, the church records, which were stored in the home, burned as well. 1940, Center was on the Toombs County circuit with Cedar Grove, Harden's Chapel, Marvin, New Branch, Pearsons and Ruth.  Rev. R E Brown was pastor.

In 2004, with James Scott as lay speaker, The Lake and Pearl education building, a new wing which includes Sunday school room and restrooms, a new nursery, choir loft and new steeple led to tremendous growth in attendance and membership. 

Location

4444 GA Hwy 15
Vidalia GA 30474