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The History of Cornatzer United Methodist Church



In the year 1902, a small group of people in the Cornatzer Community bought a house near the present Cornatzer Dulin Fire Department and organized Cornatzer Methodist Church. The Rev. M. H. Vestal was the pastor. Mr. Tom Cornatzer was the first Sunday School Superintendent of the newly organized church. Following Rev. Vestal were Rev. W. M. Curtis, Rev. C. S. Patrick, Rev. L.L. Smith, Rev. Fearington and Rev. Foster Loftin.

In 1909 the Advance Circuit of the Methodist Church was established. The circuit consisted of the following churches:

In 1911 Mr. Ance Cornatzer gave an acre of land located 3/10ths of a mile north of the present church. The old house in which the church was first organized was torn down, moved and rebuilt on the new site. This rebuild was completed in 1914.

The Mocksville Circuit of the Methodist Church was organized in 1939 and consisted of these churches:

Mr. Albert E. Bowens donated 2.4 acres of land on October 4, 1950 for the purpose of building a new church. Mr. Charlie Vogler gave an acre of land to be used for a cemetary at the same time. The cemetary was a public cemetary in the beginning, but was later deeded to the trustees of Cornatzer Methodist Church for care and maintenance.

Construction of the present church building was begun in 1951 and completed in 1952. The new church building was dedicated in 1954. The education building was added later, with construction beginning in 1966. The building was completed in 1968 and dedicated in 1970. In 1965 Mr. Garland Bowens donated an acre of land adjacent to the church to be used for parking. On May 5, 2002 Cornatzer United Methodist Church recognized its 100th year.

We are proud of all the things that our church has accomplished, but we are even more excited about what the future holds for us, as we work for the Kingdom of Christ. We are honored to be allowed to be a part of God's mighty works. To God be the glory, forever and ever. Amen!





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