Saint Mary CME Church

1417 Wheeler Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37406
(423) 622-2742
E-Mail: stmarycme@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.stmarycmechatt.org
 
Reverend David L. Young, Jr., Pastor
 

Welcome

There is always a place for you at St Mary.  Where there's a loving atmosphere, relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for you.
 
Sunday Worship:                    11:00 a.m.
Sunday School:                        9:45 a.m.
Bible Study:                              6:00 p.m. (No Bible Study on the 4th Wednesday)
Men’s Small Group:                 6:00 p.m. (Meets every 4th Monday)
Women’s Small Group:            7:00 p.m. (Meets every 4th Tuesday)
 

Motto

“The church filled with God’s Love.”
 

Direction to Church

From West TN/Jackson I-40 W, toward Nashville.  When arriving In Nashville Merge onto I-440 Merge onto I-24 E toward Chattanooga (Passing through Georgia, then crossing into Tennessee) 126.1 miles Merge onto US-27 N via EXIT 178 toward Chattanooga/Downtown. 1.6 mi. Take the 4th Street exit, EXIT 1C, toward Downtown. 0.2 mi. Turn slight right onto W 4th St. 1.0 mi.  Turn slight right onto Riverside Dr. TN-58 E. 1.3 miles Turn right onto Wilcox Blvd. 1.1 mi.  Turn right onto Wheeler Ave.0.02 mi.  1417 WHEELER AVE is on the right.

From Nashville take I-24 E toward Chattanooga (Passing through Georgia, then crossing into Tennessee) 126.1 mi. Merge onto US-27 N via EXIT 178 toward Chattanooga/Downtown. 1.6 mi. Take the 4th Street exit, EXIT 1C, toward Downtown. 0.2 mi. Turn slight right onto W 4th St. 1.0 mi.  Turn slight right onto Riverside Drive TN-58 E. 1.3 miles.  Turn right onto Wilcox Blvd. 1.1 mi.  Turn right onto Wheeler Ave.0.02 mi.  1417 WHEELER AVE is on the right.

From Knoxville Take I-40 W via the ramp on the left toward Nashville. 22.0 mi.  Keep left to take I-75 S via EXIT 368 toward Chattanooga. 79.2 mi.  Take the Shallowford Rd exit, EXIT 5. 0.2 mi.  Turn right onto Shallowford Rd. 4.4 mi. Stay straight to go onto Wilcox Blvd. 2.2 mi. Turn left onto Wheeler Ave. 0.02 mi.  1417 WHEELER AVE is on the right.

 
 
Pastor David Young

Pastor David Young

Saint Mary CME Church

Saint Mary CME Church

 
 
 
 

History

Faith and dedication have been the uniting threads of St. Mary Church throughout its’ history.  In 1926, a small band of believers: Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Byrd, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byrd, Mr. Black, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Irvin, Mrs. Laura Arbuckle, and Mr. W. H. Tipton, stepped out on faith.  They left the Phillips Temple Colored Methodist Episcopal Church and organized the St. Mary Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.  The original church was located in a white frame house at 1911 Adams Street.  The first minister assigned to serve this band of believers was Rev. W. F. Rowe.  His daughter, Mrs. Mattie Rowe Moore served as the first church pianist.

St. Mary remained at the Adams Street location for almost 8 years.  In November of 1928, properties were secured at 1900 and 1902 Washington Street for the church’s new location.  St. Mary remained at this Washington Street location for 36 years.  In accordance with the 1954 General Conference, St. Mary changed its’ name from Colored Methodist Episcopal to Christian Methodist Episcopal.  During those Washington Street years, the church was pastored by the Reverends:  Fred Acklin, V. D. Wynn, Miller, Strayhorne, J. D. Ingram, Pierson, G. W. Griffin, M. R. Austin, J. R. Cochran, J. F. Walker, E. Lynn Brown, Elijah Davis, and Charles Haney

Many memories of devotion and sacrifice are also etched in the pews of the old Washington Street location.  Memories of trustees and stewards sitting on the bench behind an old pot bellied stove that gave warmth in the winter.  Memories of paint-smeared windows that were raised in the summer to cool the sanctuary.  Memories of the Edward League, Tom Thumb Weddings, baby contests, and Saturday barbecues to keep the church doors opened.

While being served by Rev. Charles Haney in 1964, and with the assistance of Elder R. G. Elam and Bishop B. Julian Smith, St. Mary moved to its’ present 1417 Wheeler Avenue location.  Worship services were held in what is now the Catchings-Tucker fellowship hall from 1964 until 1972. During this period our pastors included Reverends:  Austin Harold, Leroy Thompson, and William E. Gant.  Under the leadership of Rev. Gant and again with the assistance of Elder Elam and Bishop Smith, and our dedicated members, our present sanctuary was constructed in 1972.

Since 1974, St. Mary pulpit has been served by Reverends:  John Capers, F Kendricks, Lamar Perry, T. J. Williams, James Griffin, B. J. Liggons, (the sanctuary was paid off under Rev. Liggon’s administration in December 1984), William M. Pride, John M. Jarrett, Rev. Jeffery White, Rev. Bethel Hendricks Jr., Rev. Robert G. Henry Jr., and currently by Rev. David L. Young, Jr.

Some high, and many low points have marked St. Mary history.  Through it all, St. Mary has survived.  This is due in large part to the continued faith and dedication of its’ members and of course to the Grace of God.  To quote one of our past members, Mrs. Ruby Rivers, “God always seems to provide St. Mary with a “Ram in the bush” during its’ most trying times.”  Through the years the cadre has continued to change, but at the heart are those members who remain faithful.  We who were once the young followers are now taking the reigns of leadership as the faithful affectionately called the “Golden Girls” graciously pass the torch to us as their steps shorten and their numbers decrease.  To the “Golden Girls” who remain on the battle field, Eloise Merritt, Nettie Morgan, we give you thanks and praise.  We recently lost Sister Mildred Shannon, who was one the “Golden Girls”, and for her service and memory we also give thanks.

We have never been great in number but we have always been great in heart, spirit and faith.  We continue striving to serve God and to be a light leading to Him on this corner, in this community.  I am again happy to be able to say that the history of St. Mary C.M.E. Church cannot be completed at this time.  Under the leadership of our current Pastor, Rev. David Young, Jr. we continue to march forward, writing a new chapter about God’s favor for this little church on this corner.