In the early 1960’s Dr. Bruce Gannaway, District Superintendent of the Melbourne District of the United Methodist Church fore saw the need for a church in Port St. John. He acquired a tract of land on Fay Boulevard and reserved it for a church site.
In October 1965, Dr. Wayne Furman, a retired Methodist minister, and his wife, Carrie, were called to form the Port St. John United Methodist Church. An organizational meeting was held at the parsonage at 961 Macco Road in November. On December 5, 1965, the first church service was held in a three room building that has served as an office for Cay Construction Company on the Fay Boulevard site. Sixty-seven prospective members attended the first service. On January 2, 1966, forty-two charter members were accepted into the church. On March 9, 1966, ground was broken for the first of three proposed buildings to be erected on the property. The building was consecrated at its first service held on December 5, 1966 with 125 persons in attendance.
On June 28, 1987, ground was broken for the second phase of building. The first Sunday service in this building was held on March 20, 1988 with 141 in attendance. Ground was broken for phase three of our building plans, which is our current sanctuary, on November 24, 1996. The first service in the new sanctuary (which is now our Fellowship Hall) was held on December 21, 1977, which included the baptism of two infants. On December 2, 2001, ground was broken for the construction of a new church parsonage. We celebrated our Pastor moving into the new parsonage in August 2002. Currently we have 317 members and have an average Sunday attendance of about 200. Through Christ, we have come a long way!
We are currently in the planning stages of a building expansion. We are planning for new Sunday School Building, meeting room, a prayer chapel and new offices for the Pastors and office personnel.
Additional information: Tucker House donated in 2002 and used as a second parsonage for the Associate Pastor. When the Associate Pastor moved we started using the Tucker House as a meeting place.