Our Mission & Vision
Connecting people to Christ, Caring for all, Changing the world around us.
to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Our Story & Church History
Decades before I-210 was built as Lake Charles was expanding to the south and new subdivisions were being built to provide homes for expanding industries, the Lake Charles District of the Methodist Church commissioned a new church. With a lot of help from First Methodist Church of Lake Charles, the new church became a reality.
On September 28, 1947, in an unfinished building on the edge of a prairie in what was then South Lake Charles, the first worship service was held. The name University Methodist was chosen because of its proximity to McNeese Junior College, which later became McNeese State University.
University Methodist Church gained national attention when the Christian Advocate magazine nicknamed the church the Miracle Church, because 226 people became members and 17 infants were baptized on the very first Sunday.
The city has expanded around us and now University United Methodist Church sits in the heart of the city. The church has grown as well and now includes a beautiful sanctuary for traditional worship, a contemporary worship center, Sunday school classes, and a day school wing that houses a week-day preschool.
As it approaches 70 years in ministry, University United Methodist Church continues to live out its identity as a miracle church, as a community of imperfect Christ-followers longing to connect with you, to care for each other and our community near and far, and to change the world through Christ’s love.
For Our Guests
What do United Methodists believe?
As a part of the worldwide United Methodist Church we adhere to a Bible-based, God inspired set of beliefs set forth by our denomination. To learn about United Methodist beliefs, CLICK HERE.
Where should I park? Is there handicapped parking available?
Handicapped and visitor parking is available in front of the church office, facing Safe Harbor Worship Center.
Which door should I enter?
For worship, please enter the double doors facing west leading into Safe Harbor Worship Center.
What should I wear?
The dress is casual. You’ll see some in jeans and t-shirts and others in pants and dresses.
What should I expect?
The 8:30 worship service is traditional, featuring the Chancel Choir.
The 11am worship service is contemporary and features the Praise Band.
Is there Sunday School?
Yes. Sunday School is available at 10:45am for ages 4 years – adult.
Check out our separate Sunday School Classes page for more details on classes available!
Is there Children's Church or a Nursery available?
A nursery is available during both Sunday Services in the Day School wing for infants 6 weeks – 4 years.
The nursery is staffed by qualified childcare professionals and is located behind the Sanctuary. Please be prepared to check in/register your children on the computer at the children’s kiosk.
Is the church available for events (i.e., weddings, funerals, etc.)?
Yes. Events should be booked by calling the church office at 337-477-2003.
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00am and 1:00pm.
How can I join the church?
The invitation to Christian Discipleship is given at the close of each service.
You may also call the church office at 337-477-2003 to schedule a meeting with the pastor.
Our Team & Leadership
Dr. Darryl Jones
Chancel Choir Director
Interim safe Harbor Music Director
Dr. Haeju Choi