Wesley-McCabe Methodist Church had its humble beginnings in 1896 in the home of one John Patillo. Seven members comprised the congregation. A Reverend Taylor Moore was the first (and unpaid) pastor, but following several brief pastorates the Reverend S.W. Johnson was assigned to the church. Influenced by Johnson’s powerful preaching several more people joined the congregation. A Deaconess Simpson, the Reverends W.M. Brisby, J.P. Belcher, J.B. Carraway, D.D. Dyer, A.M. Mayes, W.H. Dickson and others made an ongoing, positive impact on the church’s growth.
In 1960 McCabe built its first sanctuary, and celebrated its 50th anniversary as an organized congregation in 1988. A church that started with seven parishioners now had a sanctuary and more than 600 members, becoming the third-largest Methodist church in Longview. Ten years later, in 1998, the Wesley and McCabe congregations commenced without merger negotiations. Upon completion of the joining, in 1999, the congregation moved into the Mobberly Baptist facilities and became one house of worsh
ip–Wesley-McCabe United Methodist Church.
The days ahead were rocky as some members who had opposed the merger left for other local Methodist churches. Nevertheless, some have stayed to the present day to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of the merger. Pastor Virginia Hall thanked the anniversary committee. She also declared the congregation will continue pursuing its vision of bridging gaps, building a diverse church and transforming lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Reverend Dr. Waddleton, director of the Center for Congregational Excellence, Texas Annual Conference brought the celebratory message. He congratulated the congregation for the twelve-year milestone and its determination to continue serving the community. He preached on how “Roots are Important,” reminding his listeners of how their Methodist roots include the kind of vibrant worship that has dubbed them “holy rollers,” but most important are their roots in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The afternoon was full of celebration, friends, and special music from Sunrise Ministries with Phil and Debi Jones; and good food.