Oak Grove United Methodist Church

Hattiesburg, MS

OUR HISTORY

Our Beginning

On September 6, 1936, Oak Grove Methodist Church was organized with 48 charter members.  The organizational meeting was held in a new church built on land donated by the M.H. Crews Family.  The Rev. Thomas O. Prewitt, pastor of Broad Street Methodist Church, presided over the meeting.


Members, with Mr. A.C. Lynde acting as church secretary, designated Rev. J. Melvin Jones, assistant pastor at Broad Street Methodist Church, as the first pastor of Oak Grove Methodist Church.  Other elected offices were: J.J. Shelton, Sunday School Superintendent; E.A. Smith and C.M. Crews, Strewards; L. M. Howell, Trustee of Church Property; and Velma King, Church Conference Secretary.

Our Pastors

Melvin Jones                                            1936-1937

Thomas O. Carruth                                 1937-1938

Wilkerson B. Alsworth                            1938-1939

Robert M. Matheny                                1939-1941

J. Albert Bridewell, Sr.                             1941-1942

T.E. Hightower                                         1942-1943

Warren Pittman                                       1943-1945

W. Grandell McRaney                            1945-1946

C.C. Koskie                                               1946-1947

Roy N. Barlow                                         1947-1950

N.D. Pearce                                               1951-1952

T.E. Wilson                                               1952-1953

Samuel W. McRaney, Jr.                       1953-1955

B.F. Simpson                                            1955-1956

Preston Scarborough                               1956-1959

Robert Wallace                                        1959-1961

Marvin D. Moody                                   1961-1963

H.J. Hedgepeth                                        1963-1965

Curtis L. Easley                                        1965-1966

T. Edward Hasselle                                 1966-1968

Gaines M. Thomas                                  1968-1970

James A. Walker                                      1970-1973

H.J. Hedgepeth                                        1973-1979

Marshall Burnett, Jr.                               1979-1982

Doyle L. Moore                                        1982-1985

Charles E. Waddell                                  1985-1992

Danny R. Estes, Sr.                                  1992-1994

Barry Dickerson                                       1994-2000

Gene Vance                                              2000-2002

Mark Anderson                                        2002-2011

Chris Young                                              2011-2015

Andy Cotten                                             2015-2019

Amy Roller                                            2019-present


Our Mission

It is our Mission to serve Christ through our service to others.