GRAY MEMORIAL UMC
We are, and always have been, a neighborhood church with a big heart. Although we have deep roots in our community, we have a broad, and biblical, understanding of who our neighbors are (Luke 10:25-37). We happen to be named for a local Methodist hero who established more Methodist churches in Florida than anyone else. We are anchored in history but we have a vision for the future and we'd love to have you be part of it.
We are here to grow in Christ as we love and serve God and neighbor. We have a vision for being a community center, a hub, a gathering place, and more for those who live near our church. We believe that by gathering together, and sharing in the love of Christ, God can impact the world through us.
HOW WE GROW
From Bible study to fun events, we are intentional about spending time together and growing together. We nurture and encourage each other, but we aren't focused only on ourselves. We build each other up so that we can be in service to others.
We are located in the heart of Tallahassee, in the suburbs that grew up in the 1960s. The neighborhoods around us are eclectic and intergenerational, kind of like us. We were first organized in 1965. You can read more about our history here.
Our Beliefs, Heritage, and Principles
What We Believe
Being United Methodist
More About Our History
Gray Memorial was organized in 1965 as part of the Tallahassee District of the Florida Conference of the Methodist Church. The church is named in honor of the Reverend William J. Gray, a Methodist minister who served for over thirty years in the Tallahassee District. During Rev. Gray's years of service (1882-1915) he helped start and build many Methodist churches in Leon, Gadsden, and Liberty counties. In 1915, he was elected to the Florida Legislature. He and his wife, Mary F. Howren, had four sons including R. A. Gray who served as the Florida Secretary of State from 1930-1961. Rev. Gray's grandson, W.D. Gray, Jr., was a founding member of Gray Memorial UMC and was one of our first Trustees. As Gray Memorial was getting started, church members met where they could, including a local bank and then a local middle school. The building we still meet in today was constructed in 1966. In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren merged to create The United Methodist Church and we became Gray Memorial United Methodist Church.