Concord United Methodist Church
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Brief History

Concord, like many other early Methodist churches, began when a group of settlers decided to meet regularly for worship in private homes.

According to tradition, Phillip Waggoner, who had purchased his land in 1774, first held the services at his house as early as 1781.  When the well-known Methodist circuit-rider, Francis Asbury, passed through the area in 1785, he noted in his diary that he had preached in "Waggoner's Chapel."

A neighbor, Henry Stultz, opened his home for worship services, perhaps when Waggoner died.  Another Methodist circuit-rider, James Patterson, noted in his diary in 1802 that he had preached to "a tolerably large congregation" at the Stultz home.

As the congregation grew larger, they needed to build their own church.  In 1809, "for the sum of twenty-five cents in hand," Henry Stultz sold two acres of land to church leaders, including young Adam Waggoner, for the purpose of building a house of worship that became Concord United Methodist Church.

In 2013, the congregation celebrates its 232nd anniversary, making Concord the oldest Methodist church in continuous use in Forsyth County.