In the years 1907-1908, interested friends began to pray for an opportunity to begin a Free Methodist church in Alton. In 1909, a Free Methodist minister named T.A. Bailey held a tent meeting in Upper Alton. Several people were saved, and this group became the core group of the Alton Free Methodist Church.
The church met for six years in a rented hall over the Ben Franklin building on the corner of College and Main streets in Upper Alton. The first pastors were two young English women, Miss Alice Goodwin and Miss Florence Humphrey. Services continued there until 1914, when the first facility was built at 1619 Main Street in Upper Alton.
In 1959, under the leadership of Pastor Kendall Mayhew, the congregation moved into a new building, located at 2711 Hillcrest Avenue in Upper Alton. Later, Pastor James Eldridge helped the church to purchase a lot across the street for additional parking.
In the summer of 1998, construction of the present facility at 3993 Fosterburg Road began. The congregation did much of the work on the facility and on April 25, 1999, the work was completed. Construction of a large Christian Education wing and expansion of the sanctuary was completed in 2004.
Since moving to its present location, the church has more than doubled in size and continues to grow. With God's help, we hope to continue to be effective in reaching people for Jesus Christ, building them up in their faith and equipping them for Christian service.
What We Believe
- We believe in one true God, who made and sustains everything.
- We believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who gave His life for the sins of the world. He was crucified and rose from the dead.
- We believe that we receive forgiveness and eternal life when we accept Jesus as our Savior.
- We believe that the Bible is God's written Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit. We accept its truth and its authority for our lives.
- We believe that in order to have a right relationship with God and reach heaven, each person must choose to accept and follow Jesus as Savior.
- We believe that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be freed from slavery to sin and can become more and more like Jesus, living our lives on earth as God's holy people.
- We believe that as followers of Jesus, we are called to shine His light into the world, using what God has given us to share His love and bring Jesus to others.
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