History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – September 2017

History Leaves of the Methodist Tree
Compiled by Johnny Cordell

Did you Know?

     There are at least 23 other churches in the United States that have the same name as Chapel Hill United Methodist in Dunlap, TN.  The following list may not be complete, but If you know of any more Chapel Hill United Methodist Churches, let me know.

Alabama Chapel Hill UMC Decatur
Georgia Chapel Hill UMC Rome
Indiana Chapel Hill UMC Indianapolis
Kansas Chapel Hill UMC Wichita
Kentucky Chapel Hill UMC Henderson
Michigan Chapel Hill UMC Portage
  Chapel Hill UMC Battle Creek
  Chapel Hill UMC Sodus
  Chapel Hill UMC Kent City
Mississippi Chapel Hill UMC Pope
  Chapel Hill UMC Ackerman
  Chapel Hill UMC Sandersville
  Chapel Hill UMC Duck Hill
North Carolina Chapel Hill UMC Chapel Hill
  Chapel Hill UMC Denton
  Chapel Hill UMC Reidsville
  Chapel Hill UMC Statesville
Ohio Chapel Hill UMC Mansfield
Oklahoma Chapel Hill UMC Oklahoma City
Tennessee Chapel Hill UMC Chapel Hill
Texas Chapel Hill UMC Farmers Branch
  Chapel Hill UMC San Antonio
West Virginia Chapel Hill UMC Buckhannon


Last month’s question?  What event in 1864 eventually led to the rebuilding of the Church in 1884?  The convicting religious experience of a young girl praying in an apple orchard.  Her testimony caused quite a sensation at school the next day.  The teacher Mr. Stewart sent word by his students that there would be a prayer meeting that night at the home of Josiah Rogers.  This meeting was led by chief lay leaders Stephen D. Thurman, Josiah Rogers, and William D Stewart.  A great crowd assembled and the prayer meeting continued all night with 15 young men and women converted.  The meeting then moved to Liberty Church (located next to the Austin Farm where James Burch once resided) The meeting lasted for three weeks resulting in over 200 conversions.  This revival prepared the people for the trying times of Civil War Reconstruction and eventually paved the way for construction of a new church in 1884.

Question: What Methodist Civil War General helped to establish a well-known college within the Holston Conference following the war?   College was named after a U.S. President located in East Tennessee.