Our History

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APUMC Milestones

  • 1920 Pattillo Memorial Methodist Church organized (formerly Oakhurst Methodist Church, organized in 1909)

  • 1939 Avondale Methodist Church organized (formerly Ingleside Methodist Church, organized in 1910)

  • 1971 July 4, Merger Sunday – Charter was signed for the new church: Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church. This name was chosen (alphabetically) from the two merged churches - Avondale Methodist and Pattillo Memorial.

  • 1971 October, Ground broken for the Sanctuary and Educational Building.

  • 1972 December, First worship service in the Sanctuary.

  • 1974 Avondale Pattillo UMC Preschool organized / Purchase of Parsonage on Majestic Circle in Avondale Estates

  • 1975 Construction of the Friendship Hall.

  • 1988 Renovation of the Sanctuary

  • 1996 Church marquee purchased and installed

  • 1997 Avondale Pattillo UMC Christian School began. It was open for four years.

  • 1998 Church address changed to reflect the Covington Highway location.

  • 2000 Participated in building of Habitat House in East Lake area of DeKalb County.

  • 2002 International Community School (ICS), a DeKalb County Charter School, began leased the Education Building. We would host ICS for ten years.

  • 2003 First “Blessing of the Animals” Service.

  • 2005 New Sanctuary steeple erected.

  • 2010 Avondale Pattillo UMC annexed into the City of Avondale Estates / Began hosting the Avondale Estates Autumn Yard Sale.

  • 2016 Forty-fifth Anniversary of Avondale Pattillo UMC.

Senior Ministers of APUMC

  • Rev. J. W. Eberhardt, Sr.: 1971 – 1973

  • Rev. Charles E. Hoover: 1973 – 1979      

  • Rev. R. Neal Windom: 1979 – 1984  

  • Rev. Hoyt D. Purcell: 1984 – 1986  

  • Rev. David B. Jones: 1986 – 1990

  • Rev. James D. Turrentine: 1990 – 1994

  • Rev. Jack E. Summers: 1994 - 1996

  • Rev. John F. Barnes: 1996 - 2000

  • Rev. Tavye Morgan: 2000 - 2006

  • Rev. Donn Ann Weber: 2006 - 2007

  • Rev. Dave Allen Grady: 2007 - 2011

  • Rev. Tara Paul: 2011 – 2013

  • Rev. John P. Donaldson:  2013 – 2017

  • Rev Frank Windom: 2017 -