For more than 150 years, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church has been an active presence in Johnson City.
The church has had three sanctuaries, all on East Market and South Roan Street, held countless Vacation Bible Schools, worship services, and served the community for decades.
It is home to the longest active accredited kindergarten in the state of Tennessee and has celebrated births, baptisms, marriages, and celebrations of life.
He has been involved in global ministries for decades and currently supports ministries in Kenya and the Dominican Republic, as well as sending teams each year to Mexico for a medical clinic and to the Czech Republic for softball camps and a school. holiday biblical.
Once known as the Church with the Pool, Munsey and her members have always been a church that, when it discovers a need, strives to find a solution. The theme for the 150th anniversary celebration is 150 Years and Our Story Continues!
This weekend, June 25 and 26, Munsey will host events that celebrate both the church’s long history and its future.
Saturday at 6:30 p.m. there will be old fashioned ice cream, music from the gospel quartet King’s Cadence, the Munsey bluegrass band, Reverend Charles Maynard will share stories and the church will bury a time capsule to open. in 25 years. There will be old-fashioned games for children, and guests are asked to bring a lawn chair. This event will take place in the lower car park along South Roan Street.
On Sunday, the church will welcome its new senior pastor, Dr Kip Laxson, who will preach in the mixed service which begins at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
The worship service will include music from the Sanctuary Choir, Journey Praise Band and King’s Cadence. After worship there will be a catered lunch and special recognition of key people who have impacted the church.
Reverend Laxson comes from the North Alabama Conference where he has served five congregations as a pastor and as a district superintendent. He is a native of Athens, Alabama and a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Theology and the Episcopal School of Theology at the University of the South where he received his Doctor of Ministry degree.
He is also a national consultant for church growth and revitalization. Kip and his wife, Tamra (Tami) McKenzie-Laxson are celebrating 36 years of marriage. They have two adult children, both married, and a grandchild.
Reverend Beth Sullivan also joins the ministry team in Munsey. Reverend Sullivan grew up in Hixson, Tennessee. She served as associate pastor at Burks United Methodist Church in Hixson and pastored at the Holston Conference for 10 years. She received her undergraduate degree from UT Chattanooga and her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology. Reverend Sullivan’s first Sunday will be July 5.
“Our parish staff committee enjoyed meeting Dr. Laxson, where we were able to discuss his leadership style, learn about his personal growth and revitalization over the past few months while on leave, and hear about his passion for leading people to Christ through his role as Pastor. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Reverend Laxson to Holston Conference and Munsey,” said Jeff Clements, parish president.
The church welcomes the community to the 150th celebration, in particular to the celebration service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday June 16th. For more information, visit munsey.org/150