Our Story

CUMC has remained a current and vital ministry in our denomination and in our community by reaching out to transform lives and extending God’s love to all. Our church has many layers. We have physical layers throughout our buildings which range in age from 1900 through our last build in 2009.  Our charter was established in 1865 and we have grown our membership and facilities to keep pace with the growth of our town.  If you slice across the community of Collierville you will find our members in leadership, as volunteers in local aid organizations and building community through non-denominational ministries as well as through our own ministries. We are a multigenerational congregation with offerings for all ages. Traditional and modern worship settings are offered each Sunday.  Small groups are available for any stage of Christian life and self-help.  Our mission and vision as well as our core values and guiding behaviors (see below) continue to push us to find and fulfill needs within our community for Christ.  Collierville United Methodist Church stands on the shoulders of those who came before us and we in turn train up those who will move our church and community forward into the future.

“In the evening, I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” May 24, 1738 John Wesley (founder of the United Methodist Church)

  • In 1889, land was purchased on North Rowlett Street for $250.  The cornerstone for a church was laid on July 11th, 1890, and the first service was held on January 13, 1901, led by L.T. Ward.
  • In 1938, the wife of Rev. F. Haynes, organized a vested choir. In 1948, at a cost of $50,000, plans were begun to add an educational annex.  The annex was completed in 1950 during the ministry of Rev. J.C. Gilbert.
  • In 1964, 15 acres were purchased for $30,000 on Poplar Avenue for a new church site. A fellowship hall with a kitchen and parlor was built in the first phase of construction. In 1971, the church purchased a pipe organ from the St. Mark Methodist church in Memphis.
  • In 1977, a gymnasium and classrooms were added to the fellowship hall and in 1989 offices and choir suites were built, followed by more classrooms in 1992. A Mother’s Day Out/Preschool program was also started and has been awarded a 3-star accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • In 1995, ground was broken for a 4.4 million dollar sanctuary facing Poplar Avenue.
  • In 1999, a contemporary service, the Saturday Night Connection, was added. In early 2004, The Connection moved to the gymnasium on Sunday mornings and became The Vineyard Service.
  • In early 2008 ground was broken for a multi-phase building. In August of 2009, the first phase of 54,000 square feet was opened and offered new classrooms, staff offices, library, kitchen and servery, second floor youth complex, and a coffee shop.
  • In May of 2016 Project Refresh began by updating our preschool and children’s area along with expanding the youth and young adult area on the second floor. In August 2016 the contemporary service was completely renewed with technology updates, more seating and is now called The Foundry.

Our Mission

“To know Christ and to make Him known”

We engage and connect people with a saving knowledge of Christ and then equip and send them to do the same for others.

Our Vision

“Reaching out to transform lives by extending God’s love to all.”

Our vision is to see Jesus’ love making all of us new and being the standard for all our relationships.

Our Core Values

Our core values are the DNA of what makes up Collierville United Methodist Church.

  • We will immerse ourselves in the reading of Scripture
  • We will be active participants in worship
  • We will gracefully discern the spirit of the Scripture
  • We will speak truth and life
  • We will create a culture of trust and forgiveness
  • We will not pass judgment on others
  • We will be willing to change and be flexible
  • We exalt other’s accomplishments
  • We will admit weakness and take responsibility
  • We will purposely think of others
  • We will unselfishly consider the feelings, ideas, job and place in life before my own interests
  • We will joyfully give oneself for the good of the group
  • We will create more of an outward focus and create a culture of compassion
  • We will be more sensitive and mindful of our actions