1955 -- First gathering of Methodists in
Derby. Sunday school held on the porch of the parsonage with service in the basement.
1956 -- First adult choir rehearsal. Church building (now the
1958 -- Membership passes 200.
1963 -- Groundbreaking for main church building. First worship service in new building held in July.
1964 -- Groundbreaking for education wing.
1965 -- Fire gutted much of Fellowship Hall (now
Center). Decision made to rebuild with insurance money and volunteer labor.
1969 -- Three-Cross memorial constructed on corner of Woodlawn and Kay streets.
1974 -- Preschool program (now Jack & Jill Preschool) begins.
1982 -- Groundbreaking for Re-Creation Hall (gym). .
1983 -- Woodlawn's Thrift Shop opens.
1985 -- Profits from the first dinner theater production ("Working) are sent to to help earthquake victims. Woodlawn is recognized for its commitment to the Boy Scout program.
1990 -- Children's Worship begins.
1994 -- Church Charge Conference approved procedure of new building program.
1995 -- Remembering the vision of those who first met to build a
Church in 1955, Woodlawn celebrated 40 years of worship, fellowship and service.
1998 -- Church held worship service on April 19, 1998, to consecrate the addition of new classrooms, remodeled office and kitchen space and storage facilities.
Our Previous Pastors
J. Karl Jones (1955-60) retired from active ministry in 1988.
Forrest Robinson (1960-64) retired from active ministry in 1990.
Henry Murray (1964-66) retired from active ministry in 1985.
Jay B. Schwartz (1966-71) retired from active ministry in 1985 and is now deceased.
Don Kessler (1971-74) retired from active ministry in 1988 and is now deceased.
Bruce Blake (1974-84) served as Bishop of the
Dallas, Texas and in
Oklahoma and is now retired.
Paul Morris (Associate, 1978-84) is a pastor at Peachtree Road UMC in
Michael Marion (Associate, 1984-90) is pastor of First UMC in
Jim Reed (1984-92) was pastor at First UMC in
Manhattan, Kansas, after serving as District Superintendent in the Hutchinson District and retired in 2007.
Jim Mardock (Associate, 1990-93) is pastor of Colby UMC in
Craig Hauschild (Associate, 1994-2000) is pastor of Andover UMC in
Alan Lindal (Sr. Pastor 1992-2001) Chaplain for Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita, KS.
Joe Cobb (Associate, 2000-2001) is now serving as Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Mike Rose (Associate, 2001-2006 ) is now serving as Pastor of University United Methodist Church, Salina, Kansas.
Tim Harlan (Associate, 2006-2009) is now serving as Pastor of Lucas-Luray-Amherst United Methodist Churches in Kansas.