Mosley Chapel C.M.E. Church

 

 

 

 

About Us

How the Christian Methodist Church began .......

      The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, or the CME Church as it is commonly called, came into existence as a result of the movement from slavery to freedom.  During the years following the birth of Methodism, the denomination grew rapidly. The Methodist Episcopal Church South was an outgrowth of Wesley's Methodism.  Some Blacks, converted to Christianity by slave masters, accepted the Methodist doctrine as it was.  However, with the passage of time, the emancipation of Blacks from slavery created the desire by Blacks to have and control their own church.  This desire led formerly enslaved persons who had been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, to start their own independent religious organization.

      The Organizers:  Forty-one men who has exemplified leadership qualities gathered together in Jackson, Tennessee on December 16, 1870.   With the advice and assistance of the white brethren of the M.E. Church South, the Black religious leaders organized the colored branch of Methodism.  On Tuesday, December 20, they adopted the Methodist South's Book of Discipline and on Wednesday, December 21, they elected two of their own preachers - William H. Miles of Kentucky and Richard H. Vanderhorst of Georgia - as their bishops.  Gathering in Jackson with only a dream, the religious leaders departed with their own church a reality.

      In the words of Bishop Randall Albert Carter, "this tender plant of God" had taken root and "was here to live or die." (Biblical basis:  Psalm 80.)    

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         This dream carried over into a group from "Brush Harbors" who met and organized the MOSLEY CHAPEL C.M. E. Church in Dallas, Texas.  Mosley Chapel C.M.E. Church was first organized in 1915 in the home of Rev. & Mrs. M. Mosley.  The members met in various homes and in  Brush Harbors having no permanent place to meet at that time.  In 1916 a one-room place in Lincoln Manor was built and name after the initial Pastor - Mosley Chapel - the pastor at this time was Rev. Doyle.  With the aide and assistance of Mrs. Marsha Mosley an other dedicated members of the Church and community the church grew.  
  Following Rev. Doyle during the early growth period of this fine Church were Rev. J. L. Enoch, Rev. W. J. Johnson, Rev. G. W. Darden, Rev. N. B. Stewart, Rev. W. M. Anderson, Rev. Taylor, Rev. Givens, and Rev. Rains.

 

           In 1955, Rev. C. B. Johnson became Pastor and led the congregation in a remodeling program and the current Church structure was built.  Following Rev. Johnson’s tenure we have had several great and outstanding Pastor’s to serve:  Rev. D. B. David, Rev. David Garrett, Rev. James Hunter, Rev. Thomas E. Jagours (who served over 10 years and initiated the remodeling of the Sanctuary with ceiling fans, wall heaters, lowering of the ceiling for acoustics, and purchase of the Church van), Rev. Dwight Thomas, Elder John Oscar Morton, Dr. James Hill, Rev. Jakie L. Stanley (who served for 18 years until his retirement), and our current phenomenal Pastor, Rev. Carrie Renter.

        With Gods grace and Rev. Renters direct leadership we know Mosley Chapel will continue to grow stronger in His word and flourish throughout the community.
 God has truly blessed us with our current leader who is no stranger to God.  Under his leadership we have grown both in spirit and members.  Under his leadership we have a strong Christian Youth Fellowship program currently led by Mrs. Theresa Harris, and an active Bible Study and Sunday Evening service.  His leadership strength is shown not only by the member’s readiness to follow him, but also by the Ministers he has guided and sent out to carry out God’s program.  As we look forward to the future we know that if we continue to place GOD first in our lives Mosley Chapel will continue to grow both in strength and members!

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                        OUR CONNECTIONAL THEME IS:
                  "From Good To Great; The Jesus Challenge"

 

 

 

 

 

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