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Pasadena History: Methodist Church Controversies

Do you know what used to stand where today’s Lake Shore Fire Department is located?

Here is your weekly dose of some Pasadena history thanks to The Pasadena Peninsula by Isabel Shipley Cunningham.

If you are driving around the Pasadena area, churches seem to be in abundance. You can’t drive too far around town and not see a few churches along the way. But that wasn’t always the case.

In the 1800s, the Magothy Methodist Episcopal Church that is located opposite today’s was the dominant church for Methodists until the 1830s. Then, a new church was formed.

“In 1830 or 1831, local Methodists who wanted greater representation in church affairs left the Magothy Methodist Episcopal Church,” Cunningham wrote. “The Methodist Conference had denied the appeal of some Methodist Episcopal preachers and laymen, who had protested the denomination’s refusal to broaden representation on policy-making bodies.

"The protesters formed the Methodist Protestant Church in 1830. By June of 1831, a two-day meeting of the Methodist Protestant Church was held in a school near the Bodkin. Soon thereafter the congregation built White Marsh Methodist Protestant Church on Mountain Road where the Lake Shore Fire Department now stands.”

Be sure to check back next Wednesday for more Pasadena history.

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