Missouri United Methodist Church (MUMC), located at 204 S. 9th St., was dedicated in 1929 and remains one of several churches in downtown Columbia. Designed by architect John A. Epple, the church is built from Indiana Bedstone limestone with a late Gothic revival style, shown by the steep and pointed arches above the adorned glass windows and vibrant red doors when standing at the intersection of Locust St. and 9th St.
The main sanctuary seats approximately 1,000 people while the choir loft seats 45 people. The ornate glass window in the sanctuary outlines the Old and New Testament of the Bible, as well as a large History of Methodism window at the rear of the sanctuary — some of the most detailed glass windows in Mid-Missouri. The sanctuary features a beautiful Skinner pipe organ (1928, Opus 750) on the front of the stage.
In 2005, the Christian Life Center and Connector were constructed, which joined the historic sanctuary with the new education building.
MUMC exists to connect all people to Jesus Christ, by “welcoming enthusiastically, growing deeply and serving courageously.” The church is currently pastored by Senior Pastor, Rev. Amy Gearhart, and associate pastors Rev. Molly Moore, Rev. Larry Williams, and Rev. Trista Soendker-Nicholson.
MUMC was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Photos by Joy Park