Organized in 1871, as a Methodist Protestant congregation, on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. Levi Vanderburg, the church began on a muddy lane that wound its way from Mooresville to Statesville, in the Shepherd community.
The first building was a wood frame structure which was painted white and the front doors were painted blue. The color of the doors was sufficiently distinctive to cause local residents to Vanderburg as “Blue Door Church”—much to the annoyance of the members. Before her death, Mrs. Levi Vanderburg had the doors repainted white to match the other parts of the building. Interestingly, the tag “Blue Door Church” is still associated with Vanderburg.
In 1914, the church relocated about one-mile south of the first building, to land donated from the Brawley estate. In 1942, the current sanctuary and part of the education building were completed and dedicated debt-free. In 1950, a gymnasium-fellowship hall was constructed and increased the ministry of the church. By 1957, the membership of the church was more than 500 persons.
In 1986, another major building project was undertaken and a 3500-square-foot building, with commercial kitchen, storage, rest rooms, and narthex, which again, resulted in expanding the ministry of Vanderburg.
Today, we are again looking at ways to enhance our worship space in order to boost our ministry and our service in the Shepherd’s community.
What We Believe
We share a common heritage with all Christians in our belief in the Trinitarian God, the authority of scripture as contained in the Old and New Testaments, God’s church, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley's distinctive understanding of God's saving grace. Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.