HISTORY

Summerfield United Methodist Church and Peace United Methodist Church merged on July 1, 2016.
 
We incorporated and officially changed the name of the church to Summerfield Peace United Methodist Church, Inc. on January 1, 2018. 
 
 
Summerfield United Methodist Church
Established in 1888
 
The earliest meetings of SUMC took place in a thatched arbor near the Old Brick School in a field off Scalesville Road. On one hot Sunday afternoon, Rev. Archie Bowles, the first minister, told the congregation, “Brethren, I will not preach again until you build a church!” So the people purchased land across the street and built a wood-frame sanctuary on the same plot of land where the church is located today. The building has gone through numerous changes over the years to become the church we know today. The membership has grown and programs to encourage Christian growth have been added through the ministry of 37 pastors.
 
 
 
Peace United Methodist Church
Established 1842
 
Peace church began as a place for children to go in the Summerfield community to learn. Historical records of Guilford County indicate that a group of Quakers used the original sanctuary as a school house. The Quakers were later persuaded to allow members of the Negro community to purchase the building to serve as a place to worship. During the early years of the church, when it was known as the Summerfield Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, services were only held on the first Sunday of each month. In the mid 1960’s with the advent of the Civil Rights movement and desegregation, all Methodist churches (Negro and White congregations) were united to form the United Methodist Church. During this period, the church was renamed Peace United Methodist Church. 
 
 

Merger Timeline

Early October 2015
Our District Superintendent, Nancy Rankin, reached out to Rev. Lee to discuss the situation at Peace UMC. Their pastor, Roger Green, was thinking about retiring and instead of keeping Peace UMC open on a charge with Zion Hill UMC (20-25 minutes away), she felt it would be a great opportunity to merge with us. This was a proposal she emphasized and asked that we consider it.
 
October 18, 2015
We had a called Ad Council meeting after worship, and Rev. Lee explained the District Superintendent’s proposal
 
December 1, 2015
The Ad Council met with the District Superintendent to discuss the merger, and she laid out the steps of a merger. This was followed by an open discussion where many questions and concerns were answered and allayed.
 
December 6, 2015
The news of the merger was reported to the congregation of SUMC in a town hall-styled meeting. Due to Rev. Green’s surgery and rehab, we were also able to have some joint services with Peace UMC during the months of December and January, capped off by a covered-dish Celebration on Jan. 31, 2016
 
January 30, 2016
Both churches were invited to take part in a wonderful retreat to learn about what it would mean for our two churches to come together. Cindy Thompson, of Boundless Impact, and Dana Lyles came in to facilitate.
 
February 21, 2016
The Ad Council met to take a vote of confidence on the proposed merger. The District & Conference Offices both needed to know of our intentions on the merger in order to make appointments for the upcoming season. The Council voted unanimously to go through with the merger.
 
March 17, 2016
We had a Charge Conference at SUMC and voted yes to the merger
 
March 31, 2016
Peace UMC had a Charge Conference and voted yes to the merger
 
April 11, 2016
A Transition Team, made up of members from both SUMC and Peace UMC, will met for the first time. They will continue to meet twice a month through July and likely for the next year or so.
 
May 9, 2016:
The Transition Team met with leadership of Woodmont UMC, a church in Reidsville that recently went through a merger.  The meeting took place at Mission First (their Mission & Ministry Center – which used to be the church that they merged with).
 
May 23, 2016:
We had a combined meeting of the Transition Team and the Administrative Council. Jason Jarrett led the meeting, focusing on specific aspects of our merger with Peace UMC -leadership structure (how can we make it workable?) and governance (what will our merged leadership look like in the coming months?)
 
July 1, 2016
The merger is official! Peace UMC is now a part of Summerfield UMC.
 
July 3, 2016
First Sunday as a new church
 
July 31, 2016
Merger Celebration during Sunday morning worship service.
 
January 1, 2018
Our name was legally changed to Summerfield Peace United Methodist Church, Inc.