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Hickory United  Methodist Church


One of the major problems of the First Methodist Church in Sharon was that of being a city church crowded into a downtown area with many of its members moving to the suburbs. For over ten years there had been discussion on the floor of Erie Annual Conference of the desirability of establishing a Methodist Church in Hickory. It was first proposed when Dr. Harold McCurdy was Grove City District Superintendent. An item had been included in the Annual Conference budget for this project but nothing positive had been done in Hickory itself. Rev. M. E. Lindstrom of First Methodist Church, acting in his capacity of the Grove City District Missionary Secretary, recommended to the Conference Board of Missions that a survey be held to determine whether a Methodist Church should be established.

In the Spring of 1953 laymen, with the aid of all the Methodist ministers of the surrounding areas in the District, made a survey of Hickory Township, Mercer County, that centers in Hermitage Corners. When the results of the survey indicated that there were as many Methodists in the area as the next two denominations— Presbyterians and United Presbyterians combined—the Bishop’s Cabinet made the decision which was to bring about the creation of the Hickory Methodist Church. At the Annual Session of the 


Hickory United Methodist Church, 240 North Hermitage Road, Hermitage. Click to enlarge and view more photos

Rev. Newton Swanson, 

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HickoryUnitMeth.jpg (167654 bytes)How the Hickory United Methodist Church looked when it first opened 

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map and driving directions to the Hickory United Methodist Church


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