Church History

Poca United Methodist Church has a long and interesting history. The church was formally organized in 1888 and met in a schoolhouse. The original sanctuary (the first church built in Poca) was constructed in 1892 at the present location, on land donated by the Caruthers family. Three classrooms were added to the rear of the church in 1924. In 1950 the inside was completely renovated.

The church continued to grow, and in 1951 plans were developed for a Christian Education Building. The Johnson family gave a generous bequest to the church and construction began in 1955. The building included seven classrooms, a fellowship hall, a kitchen, and living quarters (parsonage), which was completed and dedicated in 1959. In 1979 the current personage on Oklahoma Ave was constructed on land donated by the Johnson Family.

The church once again needed more room. In 1988 the original sanctuary was replaced by the current sanctuary, narthex, and fellowship hall. The original  education building was connected to the new sanctuary, and is still in service today.

What we now enjoy is only possible because of the countless individuals who, over many years, fulfilled their vowels  to uphold the church through their, “prayers, presence, gifts, and service”. Only God knows the lives that have been touched, and will be touched as we continue their legacy in serving God and the community of Poca through His church.


I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1 Corinthian 3:6.