Our Church History

Selections from “The History of Shiloh United Methodist Church” by Sarah Rhea McNamee April1, 1999.

       The exact date that Shiloh began is unknown. The earliest mention we have of it is from the minutes of the Wesley Circuit microfilm at the Somerville Library. In the 1837 time period, Shiloh was in the Tennessee Conference and became part of the Memphis Conference when it formed in 1840. I feel sure that the church that existed in 1837 was located adjacent to the Old Shiloh Cemetery. This belief is supported by a history on St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Somerville written in 1968 by Mr. Charlie Stainback. Quoting an experpt from his history: “The Stainback family of Virginia were Episcopalians but my grandfather married a Palmer, a Methodist, and she made a Methodist our of him. He donated the land upon which the second Shiloh Methodist Church was built, the first having been located at the Old Shiloh burying ground and the third is now the one near Garnett School.” The Old Shiloh Cemetery that Mr. Stainback referred to is located about ten miles north of Somerville, about one-half mile west of Yum Yum Road.


       In 1961 a new Sunday School room was added and a short time latera hall and another Sunday School room was built. In 1973 Shiloh, Bethlehem, Oak Grove, and Belmont became the Lafferty Circuit and a new parsonage was built near Shiloh Church. Soon after the church was bricked and a central heating and air system was installed. In 1981 a building program was begun and campleted in 1982. This addition consisted of two bathrooms, a kitche, a meeting room, and two Sunday School rooms. In 2017, we have added two portable buildings behind the church, which added a s=nursery, three classroooms for children, and an entire building for youth. Today Shiloh is a stand-alone charge.