Our History


Organized Methodism began in Tremont in early 1891 when Rev. Alonzo Smith and seven Methodists organized the First Methodist Episcopal Church which struggled to survive. They worshipped in the former Congregational Church which was given to them by the Congregationalists whose strength had declined and in discouragement had closed the church. In 1904 a move was made to a new sanctuary with 58 members. On June 9, 1929 a new pipe organ was dedicated. It was rebuilt in 1965 and remains in use today. Growth in the Church dictated building additions and remodeling in 1953 and 1984. In 1989, a Child Care Center was opened in the basement of the Church. It served children aged 2 through 5th grade until its closure a few years ago.

In 2004, the congregation moved across the street to a new worship space on West Pearl Street. The original pipe organ was moved and remains in use at our new facility. In the fall of 2019, the 1904 building which was beyond repair was demolished. We have new parking where it stood. A new addition, the Family Life Center, opened in spring 2020 for multi-purpose space, a kitchen, hospitality area, and a youth area. 


Pastor’s of Tremont United Methodist Church

  • Rev. Alonzo Smith, 1891

  • Rev. Wesley Britton, 1892

  • Rev. F.A. McCarthy, 1894

  • Rev. J.W. Denning, 1898

  • Rev. L.F. Zinser, 1899

  • Rev. O.I. Truitt, 1901

  • Rev. John May, 1904

  • Rev. Robert A. Cummins, 1905

  • Rev. George Davies, 1906

  • Rev. Vincent Aton, 1907

  • Rev. Arthur J. Jolly, 19010

  • Rev. W.F. Kettlekamp, 1914

  • Rev. E.E. Mecham, 1917

  • Rev. W.W. Howard, 1918

  • Rev. A.E. Ioder, 1919

  • Rev. Charles Smith, 1922

  • Rev. E.E. Diffenbaugh, 1923

  • Rev. Fred E. Kern, 1925

  • Rev. Varney Jacobs, 1928

  • Rev. Wade Smith, 1931

  • Rev. Paul Meredith, 1933

  • Rev. D.M. Hasbrouck, 1937

  • Rev. Seldon L. Myers, 1939

  • Rev. David Melton, 1948

  • Rev. Fred Menze, 1957

  • Rev. Ronald Colton, 1959

  • Rev. George Harjes, 1963

  • Rev. Carl Fox, Jr., 1966

  • Rev. Roscoe G. Marks, 1969

  • Rev. Robert L. Pitsch, 1974

  • Rev. A. Donald Sorenson, 1985

  • Rev. David L. Walls, 1991

  • Rev. Keith C. Ferguson, 1994

  • Rev. J. Wesley Wilkey, 1999

  • Rev. Pat Gareau (Associate Pastor)
  • Rev. Chet Travis, 2006

  • Rev. Molly Spence-Hawk (Associate Pastor), 2011

  • Rev. Dan Perry, 2013

  • Rev. Cathy Clark (Associate Pastor), 2016

  • Rev. Larry D. Frank, 2018

Our Church is rich in history and fortunate to have had concerned members with foresight, commitment and dedication to God. We are united for the purpose of worshipping God and making disciples who make disciples. We press on toward the future together!

What is a United Methodist?

In the words of John Wesley (1703-1791)  “a Methodist is… one who loves the Lord his God with all [their] heart, with all [their] soul, with all [their] mind, and with all [their] strength.”

John Wesley was an ordained Anglican priest.  At a prayer meeting in London on May 24, 1738, he had a powerful spiritual experience which inspired him to become the first teacher of “Methodism.” Rev. Wesley wrote: “I felt my heart strangely warmed.  I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death”

The United Methodist church is grounded in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Methodism traces its history from the early Christian church, through Roman Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation. After John Wesley’s experience in 1738, he set out with his brother Charles to form societies of “Methodists,” so called because the members followed a daily routine of religious observance and social work.  In America, itinerant lay preachers spread the gospel and Wesley’s teachings to the settlers.  After the American Revolution a separate church was formed, the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Other Wesleyan denominations also formed.  In 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren church and Methodist Church join to form The United Methodist Church. Today we are the third largest Christian denomination in the United States.