Concord United Methodist Church
1645 West Street
Concord, CA 94521
Rev. Dr. Sungho Lee, Pastor
In July 1952, the Reverend William Fletcher Oglesby, at the age of 82, began his quest of establishing a Methodist Church in Concord. His plan was to go where the people lived. He had no car so he walked and talked and visited with people in Concord.
In October 1952, Sunday morning services were conducted in the Armory on Willow Pass Road. November 30, 1952 was declared "Organization Day," when Rev. Oglesby called forth Jesse and Winzola Green, Alex and Grace Zipsnis and Evelyn London to be the first to sign the charter, since they were the first families to contact him.
The next day, December 1st, the first Board of Stewards met and appointed a building committee, a membership committee, and declared that the charter would be held open until May 31, 1953. Anyone joining on or before that date would be considered a charter member. There were 240 charter members and some of those are still on our rolls, including Winzola Green.
By the fall of 1953, the congregation purchased the present property on West Street. At the time it was a walnut orchard with a small white frame house and a chicken coop. Across West Street were the remains of a small airport from which an airplane flew the first transcontinental air mail route to the East Coast.
Members helped build Oglesby Hall and the educational wings, and on May 23, 1954 the first services were conducted by Bishop Tippett.
Rev. Oglesby lived in Concord until July 1954 when left and established churches in Hayward and Bakersfield. The Sanctuary was built in 1962, and Reverend Oglesby attended the consecration on July 5, 1964. (He was 94 years old.)
Sherrill Hall and the Administrative Wing were built in 1977. The Rev. Paul Irwin, a retired naval chaplain, was the first minister appointed to serve the congregation. He served from 1954 to 1959. Since that time the following senior pastors have been assigned to the congregation:
1959 - 1967 Edgar Bradley
1967 - 1969 Charles Lord
1969 - 1971 Charles Cox
1971 - 1982 Shirley Sherrill
1982 - 1997 Jerry Angove
1987 - 1997 Jim Hutchison
1997 - 2004 Pamela Abbey
2004 - 2010 Robert Kirk
2010 - Sungho Lee
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