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Oldest Methodist Churches in Evansville

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This is a list of oldest Methodist Churches (structures) in Evansville. The Methodist church consisted of several branches including the Methodist Epsicopal Church (shortened ME). In 1968 several of these divisions merged and most of these churches today are part of the United Methodist Church (UMC). Not included in this list are Bayard Park ME (1910) and Wesley ME (1913) as those churches have become defunct and another church now occupies the buildings.

Trinity Methodist
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Trinity Methodist

BUILT 1866

Trinity Methodist Episcopal erected this church at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut in 1866.  Trinity can lay claim as the original Methodist church in Evansville (founded as the Locust Street Methodist Episcopal Church).  The old Methodist Episcopal church moved from Locust Street and was renamed. Other than the 1925 addition, the church has changed little from the view shown in the postcard here.

St James Methodist Episcopal
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St James Methodist Episcopal

BUILT 1912

St James Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1911 and met temporarily at Rheinlander School until this frame church was built at the corner of Hillcrest Ter and Tunis Ave the following year.

An annex was built in the rear in 1949, and the cornerstone notes that the church was rebuilt in 1951 (likely just bricked).  When the Methodist and Methodist Episcopal merger occurred in 1968, St James becomes known as St. James West to avoid confusion with an east side church.  A family center has also been built on the complex

Simpson Methodist Episcopal
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Simpson Methodist Episcopal

BUILT 1912

The growing Simpson Chapel erected this new church at Illinois St and Eleventh Ave in 1912, across the street from the former site.  The Gothic Revival church was constructed of brick and Indiana limestone.  In 1954 a school and fellowship hall were built to the rear of the church

Howell Methodist Episcopal
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Howell Methodist Episcopal

BUILT 1924

Howell Methodist relocated from nearby in Howell to the corner of Stinson Ave and Dearborn St in 1924.  The church was designed by H. E. Boyle & Co. in the Neoclassical style. A large addition was erected in 1956 makes the church easily visible from Broadway Avenue.

Central Methodist Episcopal
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Central Methodist Episcopal

BUILT 1924

The old Ingle Street ME Church moved to this location in 1905, however the growing church soon needed to rebuild.  This Colonial Revival church at Mary and Franklin was begun in 1924 and dedicated the next year.  An addition in the rear, known as Finke Hall, was built in 1956.

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