About Us

We are located at

Dunean United Methodist Church, 31 Stevens Street, Greenville, SC 29605

 

The people of Dunean United Methodist Church welcome you!   We are a small community church with a big heart that treats everyone as a part of the family of God.  We would be honored to have you visit us at any of our Sunday morning 11am-12pm or our active Dance group on Sunday at 12pm-1pm  

We aspire to be a church that helps everyone to grow in his or her personal relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ.  Come and experience the fellowship with our Pastor Jerry Hill at the little church on the corner of Stevens and Allen Streets in the historic Dunean Community!

 

Mission of Dunean UMC

 

We are called by God to embrace all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or socioeconomic status, physical mental ability, or faith history. All persons are of sacred worth and dignity.  Together, we are guided by our Lord's grace to worship, study, pray, and fellowship in servant ministry to the world by the power of God's Holy Spirit.

History of Dunean UMC

Dunean Mill was organized formally by a Board of Directors led by Captain Ellison Adger Smyth as a "New Million Dollar Mill" in 1911.  Construction of the mill began in May 1911, and the mill's first full day of operation coincided with the Titanic disaster on April 15, 1912.   By that winter, Methodist families desired the creation of a new spiritual home and family.  The first pastor who ministered to Dunean Methodists (on Sunday afternoons) was Reverend E.S. Jones of the St. Paul Methodist Church.  By 1913, a society of Methodists was formed and Reverend W.L. Mullikin served as the first pastor until 1914.   Located on the corners of Stevens and Allen Streets, the church has been extremely blessed though the years with dedicated church leaders and laiety - for example, Lewie Few served as church organist for almost 40 years.  In its early years, the church had an active Sunday School, Epworth League Society for the youth in the community, and Woman's Missionary Society.   The church continued to grow and thrive through the World War Two and postwar boom years which amounted to the heyday of American dominance in the world textiles markets.  As the mill village changed and many families moved away and some Saints went to be with God, God continued to provide the little church with over-sized blessings.  In 2003, the church endured through the collapse of Carolina Investors and an electrical fire in December that damaged the education wing of the church but miraculously spared the sanctuary from harm.   In recent years the church has been blessed by the Holy Spirit with an active Food Pantry ministry, welcoming people in the sanctuary for prayer, groceries, and sandwiches.  In 2012, the Church Council voted to become the first Methodist church in the SC Conference to join the Reconciling Ministries Network, openly and officially welcoming all persons regardless of sexual orientation. On June 2, 2013, Dunean United Methodist celebrated its centennial year in a special homecoming service (1913 was the year of the charter membership).   The membership looks forward to another 100 years of service to God, country, and the Dunean Mill community!
(Information taken from Dr. Marshall D. Williams' excellent 2008 book Dunean: I Love My Heritage....God, Family, Country, and the Dunean Dynamos)