Methodism in Lexington
Revs. James Haw and Benjamin Ogden were sent in 1786 to Ky. to organize Methodists. In 1789, Rev. Francis Poythress established the Lexington Society of Methodists, now the First United Methodist Church. It was the first Methodist station in Kentucky and was one of the first 100 Methodist churches in the U.S.
First United Methodist Church
Lexington Methodists purchased this land, and, in 1840-41, built their new church. The sanctuary, built in 1907, is the 4th house of worship here. Five of its ministers were elected as bishops, including the 1st woman elected from Kentucky in 2012. It is the founding church of at least seven Methodist churches & missions & St. Paul AME Church.