Our Story

We have a proud tradition of worship and service in the Kingsport community for over 175 years!


Methodism began as a revival movement within the Church of England and first came to America in 1760. It first came to our area as early as 1783. Acuff's Chapel was built as a Methodist Meeting House in Blountville, Tennessee in 1785. 

The historic roots of this congregation began under the name Cedar Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1845. The first structure was nothing more than a modest log cabin.  In 1847, the congregation changed its name to Mount Lebanon Methodist Episcopal Church, South. By 1860, Mount Lebanon was included as part of the Fall Branch Circuit. 

The log structure church burned in 1887, making way for a newer clapboard church constructed by Paton Mitchell was built in 1888. With the unification of The Methodist Episcopal Church;The Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and the Methodist Protestant Church in 1939, the church's name changed to Mount Lebanon Methodist Church. By 1952, the church became a station church with a pastor of its own. By 1956, a new brick sanctuary was completed that replaced the clapboard church. Furthermore, a new education wing  completed in 1962. 

In 1957, the church changed its name to Colonial Heights Methodist Church to reflect the growing community in which it sat. And in 1968, with the merger of the Methodist Church with the Evangelical United Brethren Church, the congregation adopted its official name that continues on this day, Colonial Heights United Methodist Church.

While the name remains the same, the building itself has seen numerous changes since. In 1970, the church burned to the ground and the congregation was forced to meet in the nearby Colonial Heights Middle School. In 1971, the current sanctuary was completed.

In 2004, the Ministry Center was constructed.     

Although our story has changed over the years in terms of people, names, and buildings, we remain committed to living out God's call for our congregation in the Colonial Heights Community and beyond. We warmly invite you to join us as we shape the next chapter of our story...

Pastors of Colonial Heights UMC (since 1952)

1952-1957 - Dan Kelly (first full time pastor)

1957-1963 - C. Byron Waites

1963-1968 - Sam Leidig

1968-1974 - Charles B. Bryan

1974-1980 - Henry Lenoir

1980-1983 - Moses Beecher Dunsmore

1983-1988 - Roger E. Hilton

1988-1992 - Henry J. Holt, Jr. 

1992-1998 - Eugene Lovell

1993-1996-  Meg Taylor (Associate Pastor)

1996-1998 - Annette Flynn (Associate Pastor)

2000-2002 - Frederick Long (Co-Pastor)

2000-2002 - Judith Anna (Co-Pastor)

2002-2007 - Robert Smith

2001-2004 - Katherine Hale (Associate)

2004-2007 - Crystal Smith (Associate)

2007-2009 - Angela Hardy Cross (Associate)

2007-2011 - Thomas Seay

2011-2018 - Robert Burlingham

2018-present - Christopher J. Brown