The Lighthouse in the Heart of Greenville, South Carolina
WHO WE ARE
Since our beginnings more than 150 years ago, John Wesley United Methodist Church has served as a Beacon of Light in the Greenville community. John Wesley UMC is the oldest historically black United Methodist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Our origins began under the leadership of Rev. James Rosemond, who was a leading figure in establishing black Methodism in Upstate South Carolina.
Initially founded in 1866 under the name Silver Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, the name was retained until the present church was built between 1899 and 1903. In 1902, our name was changed to John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church and continued until 1939 when unification of three Methodist bodies took place. When a merger was made in 1968 with The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church, our church then became known as John Wesley United Methodist Church. John Wesley UMC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
John Wesley’s story is also about our many people who have made strong contributions both to the United Methodist Church and to the Greenville community over the years. Our history is rich and we continue to seek the will of God as He leads us and prepares us to serve for another 150 years.
To become a Beacon of LIGHT that radiates the love of God.
Living out our faith through Outreach, Witness and Nurture.
Inviting others to join in fellowship and follow Christ.
Giving our tithe, time, talent and offerings to the ministries of the church.
Helping others grow spiritually through the Word, Prayer and Study.
Transforming lives through worship, evangelism and leadership
It is our prayer that as you join us in worship, you will feel at home among a family of believers who offer care and support to you and your family.
Since our beginnings more than 150 years ago, John Wesley United Methodist Church has served as a Beacon of Light in the Greenville community. John Wesley UMC is the oldest historically black United Methodist Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
Rev. Daniel T. Hembree, Ph.D. is a dynamic and inspiring pastor, with a passion for spreading the word of God across the community. He has served as Lead Pastor of John Wesley United Methodist church since 2021.
John Wesley United Methodist Church has a number of ministries that serve all ages of our church. Including the Children and Youth Ministry, the United Methodist Men and Women, and our yearly Vacation Bible School.