The Towson United Methodist Church in Maryland has a long and rich history, dating back to the mid-1800s. It was a divided congregation in 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War, in a border state of divided loyalties, that finally met and built a church in the post-World War II era of the 1950s. After the reunification of the two branches of Methodism in 1939, the First Methodist Church and the Second Methodist Church of Towson continued as separate entities for another thirteen years. In April 1952, more than ninety years after the two churches separated, the congregations of both finally voted in favor of reunification, and they merged on June 1, 1952 and adopted the name Towson Methodist Church.
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. Hearing devices are available during worship. Towson Dining has a kitchen dedicated to kosher food in Newell Dining Hall that has been certified by Star K of Baltimore. The church now calls itself Towson Church with a Sunday worship service that combines the traditional and the contemporary.
It offers a wide range of programs and services for its members and visitors alike. These include worship services, religious education classes for children and adults, Bible study groups, youth activities, mission trips, community outreach programs, and special events throughout the year. The church is led by Pastor Miller who was ordained to ministry by the United Methodist Church in 1995 after studying at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado where he obtained a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry. He continued his graduate studies and received his doctorate in Church Revitalization at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1992. The Towson United Methodist Church is committed to providing spiritual guidance and support to its members and visitors. It strives to be an inclusive community that welcomes all people regardless of race or background.
The church also seeks to be an active participant in its local community by providing assistance to those in need.