First United Methodist Church, Shreveport

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First United Methodist Church is a historic Methodist church in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 1845 as a congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, it moved to its current site in 1883 and built its current building in 1913. In the split in the denomination before the American Civil War, this congregation became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. It later affiliated with The Methodist Church, before joining the United Methodist Church in 1967.

Originally a small, frontier church serviced by circuit rider preachers, First United Methodist Church is today one of the largest in Shreveport. By the mid-20th-century, it had 5,000 members. Today it has more than 1,000. The church has been led by notable clergy such as Samuel Armstead, a future state legislator, William Angie Smith, a future bishop, D. L. Dykes Jr., and James W. Moore. In addition, many notable people have been associated with the church, including state politicians such as William Pike Hall Sr., Rupert Peyton, Keith M. Pyburn, Lonnie O. Aulds, and Barrow Peacock.

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  • The First United Methodist Church was built 1913. It has a very interesting location at Common Street and Texas Street. My husband and I were touring the Shreveport riverfront then turned onto Texas.....  more »
  • If the car parks are anything to go on this Church has a large congregation! Sadly, it wasn't open to the public on our visit which my Methodist wife lamented, so a view of the imposing exterior was.....  more »
  • I have only watched your service on television a couple times but enjoyed your service today. Thank you for the good word. I do not live in Shreveport.
  • I watch the services every Sunday morning, and I love the messages by Dr. Pat Day. This morning’s message about John Wesley was very informative and inspirational. Thank you! I also love to hear Ms. Billie with the children. One note, the choir needs to know that they are being filmed - sometimes distracting. God bless all of you for your service to Jesus Christ.

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