Our Story

How it all started...

The Methodist Episcopal Church (Derby UMC) was the first church built around Derby Green in 1837, sitting at the north end along Fifth Street. It was not the first church in Derby, but it was the first church built in the Borough of Birmingham, which is what the current downtown area of Derby was called after previously being referred to as Smithville. The church was eventually replaced by the current edifice, which stands on the corner of Fifth and Elizabeth, but the main entrance is still on Fifth Street.

The church has gone through several changes and transformations since its inception. 

Expanding the vision...

A new generation of believers is here to expand the vision—to make disciples for the transformation of the world. An intergenerational congregation that believes that grace is available to everyone, no matter where they are located or the situation they find themselves in.

Where we are headed...

In today’s dynamic world, we (the church) stand at a crossroads—a sacred intersection of tradition and relevance. We are discerning its path:
Rooted in Worship:
We remain an oasis of worship—a place where hearts lift hymns, prayers ascend, and souls find solace. Worship transcends walls; it’s a symphony of gratitude and awe.
Community Hub:
Beyond Sundays, we pulse with life—a hub for connection. Coffee chats, support groups, and shared meals—these weave the fabric of fellowship. In a fragmented world, the church becomes our chosen family.

Be a Part of Our Story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.