In 1959, Joe McArthur (a history teacher at Central High School) was appointed to begin the groundwork for a new Methodist congregation in the Southern Hills area. In three months, he had found enough people to begin and the “John Wesley Methodist Church” commenced. It met in the Marshall Elementary School and started with eight adults and four children.

As interest and enthusiasm grew, the meeting place shifted to a small stone house located on our present location. There was a basement that could be used for youth and other classes. The first pastor was appointed to serve here with the 1960 annual conference. The early years were filled with lots of hard work and commitment from all this church’s pioneers.

In 1962, the name of the church was changed from John Wesley to “Southern Hills.” Groundbreaking for the church building (our current Fellowship Hall) was in 1963. The first services in the new sanctuary took place just ahead of Christmas that year. The old stone house continued to be used for Sunday School classes and had a youth Coffee House in the basement.

Plans were made to build a new sanctuary in 1979 to be joined to the existing church facility. The plans put an emphasis on being a more contemporary style. Even the entrance was designed to speak of biblical and theological meanings.

Through the years, these buildings have been updated and changed to meet the needs of God’s mission for Southern Hills UMC. But through it all, one thing has remained constant: the desire of this gathering of God’s children to follow the call of God in mission to the world

How Do I Join

We are excited about the things God is doing here at Southern Hills UMC. Each week brings new opportunities for service and mission and each new member brings new ideas and energy. If you would like to be a part of the family of God here at Southern Hills UMC, I invite you to attend our monthly “Meet the Ministers” meeting (held on the 2 nd Sunday after worship) or simply note your desire on the back of your yellow card. Our membership is open to people of all ages, nations, and races and we cherish all who bring new perspectives on the world in which we live. If you wish to join this exciting movement of God in our world, we’d love to walk with you along the way!

Our United Methodist Family

Here at Southern Hills UMC, we are part of a larger family of United Methodists around the world. Below you will find links to our Oklahoma family, and the larger family of United Methodism.