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From the District Superintendent
Last spring I received an unexpected email: someone had found a card announcing a METHODIST REVIVAL in an antique (1912) book he had received as a gift. Thanks to family genealogy and Wikipedia, he had discovered that P.L. Terrell was my great-grandfather. From research I knew my great-grandfather, Pinkney Lawson Terrell, was appointed to serve Liberty Street Methodist Church in 1919. But I could not find any current reference to it. Was it closed, merged, or renamed? What was going on in Liberty Street's community, across the nation, and around the globe?
A brief email to the Western North Carolina Conference archives yielded answers to some of my questions: Liberty Street M.E. Church, South was in Winston-Salem. During the year that P. L. Terrell served the church, it grew from 98 to 100 members. In 1921 it was merged with Burkhead M.E. Church, South, which at the time was constructing a new sanctuary at the corner of 15th and English streets. In 1939 The Methodist Episcopal Church, The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the Methodist Protestant Church all reunited from their splits a century earlier to form The Methodist Church. In 1965 Burkhead Methodist relocated to 5250 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. In 1968 The Methodist Church and The Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form The United Methodist Church. Today, after several decades of decline, Burkhead United Methodist Church is engaged in an intentional discernment process for its future, including the possibility of merging with a nearby congregation which is multiplying and bearing fruit.