NLUMC History Summary
The Johnsville United Brethren in Christ church dates back to 1841 when the first class was organized. The first church building was a frame structure erected in 1842 and located about ½ block east of the present location on the other side of the road. The second was a brick building located on our present site. Members during this time included names like: Shank, Dechant, Kepler and Zehring.
The church grew until more room was needed so the old brick structure was torn down in 1907 and replaced by the current building in 1908. This 1908 church was built pretty much as we know it today with a main sanctuary and large Sunday School room at ground level, and a full basement. In later years the basement was remodeled to include a large kitchen, gathering space and restrooms.
For many years prior to 1923 the Johnsville UBC church was part of a four-point circuit that included: Farmersville, Liberty, and Twin Chapel (near Germantown). In 1923 the circuit was divided and Johnsville and Liberty were linked until 1930, when Johnsville and Farmersville were linked under pastor O. D. Wellbaum. A 1946 merger with the Evangelical Churches created the Evangelical United Brethren. The Farmersville and Johnsville churches remained linked under several pastors until 1947 when Johnsville embarked upon its own with Rev. Robert L Foreman as pastor.
Johnsville was annexed into New Lebanon in 1965 and in 1968 another church merger with

the Methodist Church resulted in our current name: 
​​​​​​​New Lebanon United Methodist Church
By the 1970’s our church had grown to the point where we were using trailers to accommodate various Sunday school classes, so in 1976 NLUMC undertook a new church expansion to retain our current structure for worship while creating a larger meeting space and a collection of dedicated Sunday school rooms. Groundbreaking for ”Fellowship Hall” commenced on Palm Sunday, 1976 and consecration services were held a year later in May, 1977 by Rev. Doug Shriner.
Through the last 50+ years our church has continued to serve and minister to the residents of New Lebanon and surrounding communities, hosting and supporting a wide range of ministries like: Scouts, AA, Christian Day Care, Clothing for the needy, Food Pantries and a long list of special offerings for victims of disasters and circumstance. Today we look to the future to identify new ways of reaching out to those in need, and those who haven’t yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ!
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