In the Beginning...

It's 1954, and a new United Methodist Church had not been built in Lakeland, Florida in 25 years. District Superintendent, Reverend J.H.Daniel began looking for a suitable site. In March, Mr. Carlton W. Palmore, Sr. and his wife, Sarah, donated six lots on 2700 South Florida Avenue. Both were active members of College Heights United Methodist Church. Therefore, some at College Heights Methodist called United Methodist Temple "Our new baby."

At Annual Conference this "Methodist Mission's" first Pastor, Rev. Maurice Phillips, was appointed. Meetings began at St. Davids Episcopal Church, next door. The first charter members joined October 3, 1954. The first building was constructed in 1955 and called the Palmore building. The name "United Methodist Temple" was agreed upon by the new membership after, the "Tallest Church in Chicago." Thus was the beginning of a new church that has touched literally thousands of lives over the years.

(Adapted from "The Beginnings Of United Methodist Temple") by Mr. Frank Trovillion, UMT Historian, May 4, 2004


United Methodist Temple, along with the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, subscribes to the ideas espoused in Robert Schnase’s Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. Very briefly they are:

Radical Hospitality – “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” [Romans 15:7]

Passionate Worship –“How lovely is your dwelling place, o Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord.” [Psalm 84:1-2]

Intentional Faith Development –“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” [Acts 2:42]

Risk-taking mission and Service –“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” [Matthew 25:40]

Extravagant Generosity – “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity.” [2 Corinthians 9:11]

10:30 AM Sanctuary 
The best traditional worship experience in Lakeland. You will be blessed by the singing of the finest old and new hymns and you will be doubly blessed by the great fellowship and preaching. You will know that you have worshiped God. Come join us today.

Chancel Choir
If you want to move a little deeper, come join some wonderful people who sing some of the most beautiful music you can imagine. Come be a part of our Chancel Choir. We rehearse Wednesday evenings at 7:00. No audition required! If you love to sing, we would love to have you! (The summer schedule is different: CALL 688-3114 for more information).