Historic Markers Across Alabama

First United Methodist Church

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on North Main Street 0.1 miles north of Northgate Drive NW, Arab, Alabama
County: Marshall
Coordinates: N 34° 20.095    W 086° 30.014
  34.33491666    -86.50023333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMEB5P


Founded in 1892 under the leadership of the Rev. B.O.H. Cochran, this is the oldest church congregation inside Arab's original town limits of one square mile. Twenty-eight names were listed on the church's original membership roll. Affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church South, the members built a wooden structure located on First Avenue Northwest in 1893. This building housed the Masonic Hall upstairs and church services downstairs. A second frame building was erected some years later. A larger, brick church was built in 1937. The church consecrated a new sanctuary at this location in May of 2000. Town founder Stephen Tuttle Thompson and Arab's first schoolteacher, Union Army Captain James Walter Elliott, served in many offices of the church from its founding until their deaths. One of their contemporaries and a former Confederate leader, the Rev. M.E."Bushwhacker” Johnston, pastored the church during the 1890s and was said to have removed his two guns and placed them on the pulpit while he preached.

Erected 2008 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of First United Methodist Church