Tanner Valley United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 19, 2018


The History of Tanner Valley United Methodist Church

Tanner Valley was established January 1, 1981.  The congregations from the original Guilford Charge (Homestead, Mt. Pleasant, and Guilford United Methodist Churches) joined together to create this new body of Christian believers.  The concept of merger was the fruit of each church’s Administrative Boards and a Long Range Planning Committee.  After more than a year of study, the merger was approved and consummated on January 1, 1981.

The first church service of Tanner Valley was held January 4, 1981 in the prior home of Guilford UMC.  There were 118 people in attendance with Rev. Allen Rumble presiding.

In Fall 1982, a Long Range Planning Committee was elected.  They reviewed the present facilities for Church, Sunday School, parsonage, future growth and ministries being offered to the community.  After many hours of discussion, research and prayer, the “Summer of ‘83” report was presented to the congregation, recommending a new facility on a new site.  The member approved the recommendation at a Church Conference on November 27, 1983.  A Building Committee was formed and began the process of planning for a new building.

Fundraising began immediately, including two special days: May 26, 1985 “Miracle Sunday” ($30,000) and June 29, 1986 “Love Offering Sunday” ($34,000).  On July 6, 1986, ground was officially broken.

Tanner Valley buildingThe first worship service was held in the new building on September 13, 1987.  The sanctuary was near capacity with 180 people in attendance with Rev. Steve Seitz presiding.  On September 17, 1989, the cornerstone was sealed and the new United Methodist Hymnals were first used.

In Spring, 1990, using the funds from an estate bequeathed to Tanner Valley, a new parsonage was purchased.  Pastor Richard Russell and his family moved from the former Guilford parsonage in April, 1991.

Tanner Valley United Methodist Church proudly stands near Tanner Creek on State Road 1, serving members, constituents and the community in the tri-state area.  We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.