"The Protestants were represented in Shelby first by the Methodists, who began services in 1821, when Reverend Haney preached at a cabin of a Methodist family about one mile sotheast of town. The Methodist Society was formed in 1825, and in about 1827 they began holding services in the first log schoolhouse." (1)
Methodist Episcopal Church - built 1883 (photo c. 1899)
"On each Sunday morning a multitude of people, both old and young, can be seen wending their way toward the beautiful brick structure on South Gamble a few steps from Main Street. The objective point being the commodious M. E. church. This place of worship was erected about the year 1883 by members of the congregation. As we were unable to learn all the facts in regard to the early history of this church we can only give a very meager detail of its growth. A great many of the older inhabitants of our city will remember when the active members of this church were numbered by the dozen while now the church roll shows a membership of almost 400. The present pastor Rev. J. B. McCay has proven himself a thorough, conscientious man and has had the satisfaction of seeing the confregation increase in numbers since his appointment to this charge. The M. E. church is rccognized as one of the leading churches in the city and still grows in popularity and numbers." (2)
Methodist Episcopal Church (photo c. 1909)
Methodist Episcopal Church (photo c. 1950)

The following photos shown through the courtesy of Joe Thompson, who would like to have information
re. the Methodist Men's Group picture below:
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Methodist Men's Group
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"Little Big Four"

(1) The Story of Early Shelby - Freedom of Religion - Raymond Moore Wilkinson, 1962
(2) 1901-1902 Shelby Directory

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