Covid-19 Update from the Bishop & Cabinet: Watching carefully the rise in COVID infection rates

Morningside UMC (Lee Street/Morningside Charge) - Northwest


The United Methodist Board of Missions and Church Extension conducted a survey in the Americus area and determined an additional church was needed to serve the area. The present site was selected and in the fall of 1964, Rev. F. J. Beverley of the United Methodist Board of Missions and Church Extension began the building plans for the new church. A worship service was held on April 4, 1965, and the name Morningside UMC was made official. On July 14, 1966, a groundbreaking ceremony was held and, on October 1, 1966, the educational building was completed. All the church hymns and pews were donated by member families. Americus FUMC helped sponsor Morningside by renting the Masonic Temple, adjacent to the church site, as a temporary sanctuary. The first service was held on January 24, 1965, with services continuing in the Masonic Temple until the educational building was completed.
From January 1965 to March 1965, meetings were held at member homes to discuss and finalize plans or the new church and its furnishings, and the purchase of the parsonage. This was all completed in time for the arrival of the first pastor, Rev. Homer Grimes. During the period of January 1965 - June 1973, all indebtedness on the educational building was paid off and a Note Burning Service was held to celebrate the occasion. Also, during this period in addition to the educational building, consisting of the pastor's study, enclosing the stairway and a classroom, was built. 
In 1979, the church purchased a new storage house, lawn mower and had central air and heat installed in the parsonage. In 1980, the carpet was laid in the vestibule and on the stairway of the educational building. Throughout its short history, Morningside has participated in and been involved in community services. The establishment of the Morningside Day Care Center has provided a full day care service to the area. During the life of the church, it has produced two ministers. Rev. Martin Wilson, a lay minister, served as a missionary in Monrovia, Liberia since 1975. In 1980, Rev. Gil Tripp was ordained and is serving as pastor of the Parrott Charge.



1207 Crawford Street
Americus GA 31709

Stay in the know

Sign up for our newsletters


Conference Office

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

PO Box 7227 - Macon, GA 31209

478-738-0048 | 800-535-4224

Administrative Office

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

PO Box 7227 - Macon, GA 31209

478-738-0048 | 800-535-4224

Camping & Retreat Ministries

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

PO Box 20408 - St Simons Island, GA 31522

912-638-8626 | 888-266-7642

Contact us

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.