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A History of Us

19 October 1975

In the Beginning

A meeting was held for the purpose of forming a new church in the La Vergne area.  Murfreesboro District Superintendent, The Reverend Fred Blankenship, and The Reverend Roland Perkins, minister of the Smyrna First United Methodist church conducted the meeting with 26 people in attendance.

06 November 1975

Property Finding

A property finding committee was appointed from the approximately 50 people that attended.

24 November 1975

Building Committee

The building committee recommended the purchase of a two and half acre tract of land from Mr. and Mrs. Smith O’Neal on Waldron Road.

21 December 1975

The First Service

The First United Methodist Church of LaVergne was organized in the LaVergne School building with forty one members being received on that Christmas Sunday, December 21, 1975, by the Nashville area Bishop H. Ellis Finger Jr. with Tennessee Conference Cabinet members.  The Reverend William W. Morris, The Reverend Doyle Masters, The Reverend Billy Craighead, and The Reverend Fred Blankenship assisted in the service. Also assisting with the service were Conference Secretary The Reverend W. Edwin Gilbert, The Reverend Roland Perkins, and the Chairperson of the Conference Church Extension Committee, Dr.  William Pettit.

18 April 1976

Doubling Numbers

Charter membership almost doubled in numbers before it was officially closed on Easter Sunday of 1976.

05 March 1977

Doubling Numbers

On this day, ground breaking services were held at the site on Waldron road.  The new congregation had been meeting in the LaVergne School cafeteria until they moved into the new building on October 9, 1977.

18 December 1977

Consecration Services

On December 18, 1977, Consecration Services were held for the new church building.

26 July 1998

Second Story Dedication

Dedication of new two story addition that provided a Fellowship Hall, kitchen, and four additional classrooms.

November 2008

Favorite Place to Worship

LaVergne First United Methodist Church received Ruthie Award for “Favorite Place to Worship.”

11 January 2009

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony for new 8,000 sq. ft. two story addition.  Here is the Program from that Ceremony.

19 July 2009

Celebration Service

Celebration service for the newly completed second story addition to the church. Along with this, a special message was revealed (below) “Standing on the Word of God”.

Standing on the Word of God

(Shared on July 19, 2009 during the Celebration Service to open our new sanctuary!) by Terri Goodner

Back in April Buddy announced to the church that we would be writing our favorite scripture on the new sanctuary floor before the carpet was installed.  Well I thought…’That’s one of the best ideas I had ever heard!‘  We would be “Standing on the word of God!”  Up until a few days ago, I never really gave it much more thought.  THEN…I was asked to speak about it and suddenly the  question “what does ‘Standing on the word of God’ really mean?” was without an adequate answer.  So…I went to ‘The Word‘  and found scripture that helped me understand what “Standing on the Word of God” really means to me.

In 2nd Peter 1: 2-11 Peter writes:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine  nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self- control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and  has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If you notice….the quality of knowledge was listed toward the beginning of the list.  This tells me that if you don’t add ‘knowledge’ to your faith journey, it will be incomplete.  It will also make developing the qualities listed afterward much more difficult: self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and mos of all love!  Knowledge is learning God’s truth and putting that truth into  action…and since our knowledge of Jesus grows as we mature in faith, we will get to experience his grace on many different occasions throughout our Christian Walk.

Because my knowledge is growing and maturing….this place we have all gathered in today is not just a new building where Buddy speaks, the choir performs, and people gather to watch the production….this place is recognized as a gift from God to His followers that have chosen to worship Him at La Vergne First UMC, where Buddy shares the word given to him by God, the choir worships Him in song and the people of His church serve others with and because of the  love of Christ!

Because Jesus Christ is lifted up in this place, he has drawn people in!  People visit, people return, His followers increase in  numbers and God provides!!!

  • ‘Standing on the Word of God’ …
    • Gives us strength, power, certainty, hope, grace, mercy, security, freedom, peace, and love.
    • Gets us through those tough times and allows us to help those we love through their tough times because of the strength we find in ourselves.
    • Makes us WANT to reach out and help others because of our love for Christ.
    • It makes us excited to share the gospel with others….knowing the amazing gift that has been given to us by Jesus dying on the cross, was also given to all others…no matter what their past holds.
    • And it teaches us to love each other…no matter how big our differences, our love is ALWAYS bigger.

Scripture is a gift given to us by God so we may have the privilege of having an intimate relationship with our Savior.  So when I walk into this place of worship and I think of that day back in May when so many came…who were at all different places in their faith journey…and they opened their Bibles and laid on the floor and began to write that scripture that God had placed on their heart, I know that the words under this carpet are Holy, and I know that ‘Standing on the Word of  God’ is the place I always want to be!

The Past & Present

The Reverend Roland Perkins

December 1975 – August 1977

The Reverend Ken Whitaker

August 1977 – October 1977

The Reverend J.C. Lawson

October 1977 – December 1977

The Reverend David Greenfield

January 1978 – June 1979

The Reverend Dr. David Miller

June 1979 – June 1983

The Reverend John P. Williams

June 1983 – June 1988

The Reverend Dr. James T. Hayes

June 1988 – June 1991

The Reverend William Tomlin

June 1991 – June 1993

The Reverend James R. Dodson

June 1993 –  June 1998

The Reverend Roger Parker

June 1998 – June 1999

The Reverend Ronald C. Brown

June 1999 – June 2002

The Reverend Thomas H. Ward

June 2002 – June 2006

Pastor Buddy Royston

June 2006 – June 2013

The Reverend Denman E. Frazer

June 2013- June 2016

The Reverend Francis D. Hennessy, III

June 2016 – July 2020

The Rev. Dr. John Daniels

August 2020 – Present

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