Towson United Methodist Church is a large United Methodist church located in the historic Hampton subdivision of Towson, Maryland. Its history is deeply rooted in the 19th century United States and its growth has closely followed the nation's political and sociological trends. In 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War, it was a divided congregation in a border state of divided loyalties. After World War II, it was built in the 1950s, a time of reconciliation and rapid growth of major Protestant denominations, especially in the more prosperous suburbs.
Led by Methodist Episcopal Minister Daniel Helpler, Towsontown's first public church service was inaugurated on Sunday, November 10, 1839. The Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Protestant denominations merged in 1939 to become the First Methodist Church and Second Methodist Church respectively. After the split in 1861, both groups came together in 1895 to celebrate a great revival in Towson. In April 1952, more than ninety years later, the congregations of both churches voted in favor of reunification and merged on June 1, 1952 under the name Towson Methodist Church. The current name, Towson United Methodist Church, was adopted in 1968 to reflect the merger that year of the United Brethren Methodist and Evangelical denominations in the United States. The northern-leaning Methodist Episcopal Congregation continued to worship at Epsom Chapel during the Civil War and began building its own church nearby with a cornerstone laid on August 14, 1869. The Towson United Methodist Church is an L-shaped structure with the main sanctuary on a north-south axis.
It has a 3-manual, 48-range 2,790-tube Casavant pipe organ including seven 16-foot rows. The Methodist movement grew rapidly before the Civil War but was plagued by disputes over slave ownership and church government by bishops which led to a formal division into two groups in 1844. With the goal of increasing its appeal to the larger Towson community, the church now calls itself Towson Church with a Sunday worship service that combines traditional and contemporary elements. So does Towson United Methodist Church have a Sunday school program? Absolutely! The church offers Sunday school classes for children from preschool through high school age. These classes are designed to help children learn about God's love and how to live out their faith. The classes are taught by experienced teachers who are passionate about helping children grow spiritually. The church also offers adult Sunday school classes for those who want to deepen their understanding of scripture and grow closer to God. These classes are taught by knowledgeable teachers who are committed to helping adults grow spiritually. Towson United Methodist Church is committed to providing an environment where people can learn about God's love and how to live out their faith.
Through its Sunday school program, it provides an opportunity for children and adults alike to grow spiritually.