Bethel UMC (Jacksonville Circuit) - South Central


     The first recorded membership of this church was in 1881, with Rev. Bascomb Anthony as pastor.  At that time, the place of worship was located in a nearby location and it was not called Bethel Methodist Church.  Services were held in a one-room school house until a new church could be built.  It was at this time that the church began using the name Bethel.  The church then had stained glass windows, an organ and a steeple with a bell to call people to worship.  Sunday school was established and held in the afternoons.  In April, 1957, a tornado destroyed the building but the pulpit furniture, piano, collection plates, pews and song books were left in tact.  A new, brick building was constructed that same year.  An annex was completed in 1975, and social hall in 1978.  Bethel was first on the Jacksonville Circuit, then was changed to the Rhine Circuit and, lastly, back to the Jacksonville Circuit. 


GA Hwy 117S
Jacksonville GA 31544