McMannen UMC History



The story of McMannen United Methodist Church began in another time, another century. It was somewhere around 1870, not long after the Civil War ended with the signing of the final surrender at Bennett Place. McMannen Church began just a few hundred yards from there, under the leadership of the Rev. John Archibald McMannen (after whom the church was named). 


In 1878 the congregation, not content just to meet under the shelter of a huge oak tree, moved to Neal Road and erected its first building on an acre of land donated by Henry and Mary Neal. The old church was a white frame building, a model of which is now displayed in the sanctuary narthex.  


By 1955 the need for more Sunday school rooms had grown, so the congregation built a two-story education building. We then replaced the old wooden sanctuary in 1966 with the current 350-seat sanctuary and 50-seat chapel. In the years that followed, the growth of the church warranted the addition of a kitchen, fellowship hall, and administrative center.


McMannen is a friendly, family-oriented growing church that moves toward the future with a deep resolve to proclaim the gospel of Christ and to become increasingly involved in mission outreach. We invite you to share our faith and our fellowship.


If you are interested in joining McMannen or would like additional information, just call the church office at 919-383-1263. We will be glad to answer your questions or schedule arrange an appointment with the minister. The staff will handle transfers of membership for you and we will be glad to help.