The First Methodist Church, Paris, KY, was formally organized around1807. Services were held in private homes until 1817. The congregation was in the process of erecting a building, which was completed in 1820. This building occupied the lot where the previous "church annex" was located, next door.
In 1860, the building was replaced with a new one that seated over 300 people.
Before 1865, Paris was known as a "circuit church". A "circuit rider" would ride via horseback once or twice a month preaching the Word of God to the two or more churches in his circuit. Finally, in the fall of 1865, the church received its first full-time pastor, Dr. W. F. Taylor, and was made a "station church", meaning the pastor would only have the one church in his charge.
In 1897, our present building was completed, where it now stands. Initially, this structure had a corner tower built of wood and housed a church bell.
But tragedy struck Wednesday, December 29, 1909. The regular Wednesday night prayer meeting had concluded. About two hours after, a fire began, and the church was destroyed. Only the bare, grey walls were left standing.
The congregation prayed, and God provided. A new church was built, and was dedicated June 14, 1911.
Then in 1930, while renovating the basement for additional Sunday School rooms, it was discovered that the intense heat and freezing water on the walls during the 1909 fire, had done more damage than originally thought. Unfortunately, there was no insurance to cover this loss. To make matters worse, the country was in the tight grip of the Great Depression of 1929.
But the congregation had a "mind to build", and with courageous hearts, and a mighty faith, a new church was begun and rededicated on Sunday, January 10, 1932.
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.