The origins of this congregation date to 1870, when
circuit-riding ministers visited people living along
the Colorado River at Red Bluff. Norman Savage (1826
1879), a church elder, served the small congregation,
and the first minister was Thomas W. Rogers.
When the town of Bay City was surveyed in 1894
the Methodist congregation relocated and bought
one of the first town lots. By 1897 they had built
Bay City's first church structure, a frame building
with a steeple and bell. The building also served as a
Union church for other denominations in the town.
The congregation purchased land at Fourth Street and
Avenue H in 1904, and the original church building was
later sold to the Bay City school system. Services
were held in the courthouse and a building on the
square until a temporary open-air tabernacle was
built. Additional land was acquired in 1906, and a new
sanctuary was completed in 1909 during the pastor-
ate of A. S. Whitehurst.
The church's fifth building was erected in 1958 and
dedicated on March 30 of that year.
A part of Bay City and Matagorda county history
for over a century, the Bay City Methodist Church
continues to serve the community.