The North Fayette congregation began as a mission congregation of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 23, 1983. The Reverend Dumas B. (Dee) Shelnutt, Jr. was appointed by the Bishop of the North Georgia Conference as the founding pastor of this new work. The first gathering for prayer and worship took place the following Sunday, June 26, 1983 at the pastor's home with six adults and two children present. Two weeks later, thirty-six persons gathered at the old Kenwood School building for Sunday school and worship.
On January 8, 1984 the congregation officially constituted as a United Methodist Church, with a Charter Membership of 105 members. During the summer of 1983, 12 ½ acres of land at the intersection of New Hope Road and Kenwood Road in northern Fayette County were purchased as the site for the new congregation's facilities. The congregation has made its home there at 847 New Hope Road, Fayetteville, GA. since August 24, 1986 when the first Building was completed and the first services were held. Since that time the congregation has built two other buildings, a multi-purpose activities building and two playgrounds; all providing excellent facilities for worship, continuing education, activities for children and youth as well as the ability to host larger community events and gatherings.
Other ministers appointed to serve at North Fayette UMC have included: Scobie Branson, Steven Lyle, Franklin "Zip" Long, Doug Burrell and our current pastor, Joe Harrington. Over the years since it's beginning, North Fayette has grown with the community, growing to a membership of more than five hundred, and has been very active sponsoring Scouting groups, Parents Day Out, Weekday Preschool, a Senior Adult ministry, an adult daycare/respite ministry, youth and children's programs, music groups, support groups, Bible study groups, and more.
North Fayette has always been a congregation welcoming all who would worship with us or join us for other activities. We open our doors to the community to host Red Cross Blood Drives, as an election polling station, for music groups and other community organizations and groups. We have always been active in mission and outreach in our community and throughout the world, and we remain so today. Our ongoing vision is one of service for God and to our fellow mankind, beginning here in our own community and beyond as God gives us opportunities to serve others.
On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.
Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union. In the Evangelical United Brethren heritage, for example, Philip William Otterbein, the principal founder of the United Brethren in Christ, assisted in the ordination of Francis Asbury to the superintendency of American Methodist work. Jacob Albright, through whose religious experience and leadership the Evangelical Association was begun, was nurtured in a Methodist class meeting following his conversion.