How We Got Here

The Chiefland Methodist Church was organized in 1861 in the home of Isaac P. Hardee with 5 or 6 members. The home was known as Pine Hill and is still located two miles west of the present church. The meeting place was soon moved to the log school house, closer to Chiefland, and was known as the Antioch Church. It was served by various circuit riders.

A box-type house with wide boards running vertically was built about the year 1885. It was located a mile northeast of the old log school house. Services were held there until 1911.

In that year, A. P. Hardee of Bronson deeded a lot in Hardeetown to the church. A small but neat frame building was erected. It was painted white, trimmed in green, and had a reddish brown roof. This was the first property owned by the church.

The lot on which the present church building is located was acquired in 1928. Construction of a stucco building began the next year and was completed in l931. The church continued to be served by circuit riders until 1948 when Reverend Roy Ben Ridley became its first full-time pastor. The following year the building was condemned after being destroyed by termites. Services were held in the high school auditorium while a new church building made of stucco and block was constructed . The first service was held in the new building on Easter Sunday, 1950.

In the late 1950’s, a six-room educational building was added. The new parsonage was erected during the years 1967 to 1969. The lot across the street, south of the church was purchased for future growth in the early 1970’s; it now supports a pavilion and a fenced-in playground.

A new sanctuary was finished in 1984. An additional lot east of the church was bought in 1998. We envision an educational facility combined with a fellowship hall being built there.

In September 2012, a steeple and bell were added to the church, courtesy of an anonymous donor.

Our Mission

We are a church without walls, connecting people with God and each other as we follow Jesus Christ on the path of discipleship.

Our Vision

Engage diverse people in our community in diverse ways to come to know God and follow Jesus Christ through our witness of God’s love in our community.

Who We Are

First United Methodist Church Chiefland believes that God’s grace is available to anyone who is willing to open their hearts to His amazing and transforming love. Everyone is welcome at the Lord’s table. We don’t care how your dress or your background―we care about you! All people are welcomed, accepted, and invited to join us as we follow Jesus

Jesus calls us to live outside the walls of the church reaching out to our community building relationships, and serving the needs of our community. We partner with churches and agencies in our community to enable all people to experience the quality of life that God intends for all people.

What We Believe

  • We believe in God's grace that reaching out to us wherever anyone is in their journey in life. God loves us unconditionally. We don’t need to do anything to earn that love, and nothing will ever separate us from it.
  • We believe that God’s grace was revealed fully in Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and was raised from the dead. His life, death, and resurrection set us free from sin, our tendency to live for ourselves, and empowers us to become God-centered and to love all people as God loves.
  • We believe that salvation is found in and through Jesus Christ who enables us to follow God's way of life and be the people God created us to be,
  • We believe that Jesus is present to all God’s children through the power of the Holy Spirit
  • the final word in matters of Christian belief and practice is Holy Scripture as found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
  • Holy Scripture requires interpretation that is informed by reason, experience, and Christian tradition.
  • the Scriptures are best understood when read and interpreted within the community of faith.
  • the Church is the Body of Christ in the world, meant to do as Jesus did by, among many things, feeding the hungry, welcoming the outcast, sharing our possessions, offering healing and hope to the lost, and sharing the witness of faith.
  • faith in Christ and empowerment by His Holy Spirit lead to life abundant and eternal. We live into the vision of a new heaven and a new earth, in which God will take charge fully over all things. We seek to give the world a glimpse of this new creation, and work with God to usher in God’s reign.
  • we pray that through the Holy Spirit we become “one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to the all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.”

For more on what we believe as part of The United Methodist Church, visit www.umc.org