Mary Esther United Methodist Church celebrates its 50 year anniversary on Sunday, October 25th. This milestone will not be just a celebration of the past but a joyful leap into the future with our current pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeff Spicer.
The Church began with 32 founding members who had a great love for Jesus Christ and the passionate hearts to start a church in the Mary Esther community. After the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the Methodist Church recognized this need in the community, plans began. On August 3, 1965, the newly appointed pastor, Rev. Jack Taylor, met with a small group in the home of Kermit and Dorothy Laws. Within two weeks, the first church service was held at the Annette P. Edwins Elementary school. Services were held here until 1966 when the worship service was moved to the newly built Mary Esther Elementary school. The church continued to meet at Mary Esther Elementary until July 1967 when the congregation of 80 moved into their completed church building.
Since then the church has shared the love of Jesus through ministries and events such as: Angel Tree, Bible studies, Blessing of the Teachers Service, Boy Scouts, Celebrate Recovery, Cold Night, Emmaus, Hispanic ministry, Jingle Bell Craft Fair, missions, Pumpkin Patch, school supply drives, Terrific Tuesday, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, and Vacation Bible School. We have supported our local food bank, Sharing and Caring, as well as Opportunity Place and the Children’s Neighborhood. We were the first church in Okaloosa County to provide food for elementary children with the backpack program.
Celebration activities will begin at 9:15 am with a 45 minute meet and greet followed by Worship Service at 10:30 am. Our first presiding pastor, Rev. Jack Taylor, as well as other prior pastors will reflect and share their thoughts and memories. There will be a time of recognition for former members and staff with a special music selection performed. Following the service a covered dish luncheon, hosted by the Celebration Committee, will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us as we celebrate God’s work, through the body of Christ, in the Mary Esther community for 50 years.