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Our History

The Elberton First United Methodist Church is a part of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1815, Elberton First UMC was a part of the Broad River Circuit. While the first building was built in 1820, the church moved to its present location in 1848, where a frame building was constructed. In 1880, the church became a station church with its first full-time pastor.

Construction on the current sanctuary began in the year 1886 and was completed in 1889; during this construction, the “tracker action” organ was installed. Educational buildings were added in 1952 and 1964, and the hallway between was built in 1978. Between 1989 and 1990, a building project was started to remodel the old educational building by adding a kitchen, elevator, covered drive-through, and additional parking area, and enlarged the Fellowship Hall. In 2003, the church purchased the Palm and Granite Building, renamed the Jack R. Bozeman Building, currently known as Common Grounds.

In 2009, the church launched the "It's Our Time" campaign to raise funds for a new building project, including the construction of the Cross & Flame building and the installation of a new organ in the Sanctuary. During this construction project, the 121-year-old “Tracker Action” organ was retired, and a new pipe organ, built by A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company, was installed. The Cross & Flame provides a contemporary worship space for our 9 AM “Crossroads” Service, Seasonal & Community services, and special drama and musical presentations.

Common Grounds
Elberton First UMC Aerial View
Sanctuary Aerial View
Fellowship Hall
Cross & Flame


The Cross & Flame, Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and Chapel are available for rent throughout the year. Please call the office for more information!

*The Common Ground Cafe (formerly known as the Bozeman Building) is not currently available for events. 

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Our Mission

The mission of Elberton First UMC is to be a church that is LOVING, CARING, SERVING, GROWING, and REACHING OTHERS for Christ.

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