Home / History


The First United Methodist Church of Clarion has its roots in 1840 when Methodists first began to hold services here. The Erie Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church appointed its first minister in 1841. The early meetings were held in a schoolhouse and then in the jail. In 1843, the congregation decided to build a meeting place that was completed in 1844 (the present Lutheran Church). After fire destroyed the Clarion County courthouse in 1882, the Methodist Church was used for holding court until the present courthouse was completed in 1885. The present building was built and dedicated in 1887-1889. The educational addition was completed in 1956. With the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968, First United Methodist Church was created. As a part of the 1989 Centennial Celebration, the stained-glass windows were replaced and a booklet describing each of the new windows is available.

Melvin and Hazel Blish compiled a history of METHODISM IN CLARION in 1984. We have kept copies to continue to share with newcomers and we will be happy to provide you with a copy.

In 2013, the congregation undertook a major renovation to the church facility, adding on an addition called “The Connection.” This addition has added a beautiful Gathering Area on the main floor, set up with seating areas and a coffee bar. The addition also added a library, conference room, a classroom and an elevator.

For more information, please contact our church office.