Our church originated in 1811 as the Oxon Hill Methodist Meeting House, a small structure located about one block from the present location. The church cemetary remains on the original site. Through the years many changes have occurred: the church was relocated to an adjacent lot in 1899; then, after a fire destroyed the frame building, the current location was purchased and a new church built. Additions to this structure were made, and in 1961 the educational wing was consecrated for use.
The Oxon Hill community in earlier days was an agricultural area. As the post World War II era approached, housing subdivisions began to spring up, populating the community with many young families. Oxon Hill United Methodist Church beckoned to the community and received into membership many of these residents. Today many churches of differing denominations answer the needs of our urban community.
The church was served, in the early years, by supply, student, or retired pastors, many of whom served additional congregations. They would often reach the church by boat crossing the Potomac river and by horseback over land. At one time (1844) Oxon Hill United Methodist Church was on the Forestville Circuit, and on the Congress Heights/Oxon Hill Circuit in 1897. Later it was placed on the Camp Springs/Oxon Hill Circuit.
Between the years 1897 and 1946 over 17 pastors served our church. In 1946 Pastor Wm. Harpold became our first resident pastor. He would be followed by John Kuschel, Elgar Soper, John R. Esaias, Jr., William L. Raker, Sandra S. W. Taylor our first woman Pastor and John C. Warren. Along the way, we have had three Assistant Pastors and four persons who, for the past twenty-five years, have consecutively filled the position of Official Lay Visitor.
The church parsonage, located on Bock Road, was purchased in 1960 replacing the original on Oxon Hill Road; three of our Pastors have resided there.
The small band of families who, in 1811, formed the Oxon Hill Methodist congregation, were a very dedicated group of people. Their legacy has been passed down through the years to others who have devoted their lives to the mission of the church. We have reached out in the world to foreign and local missions, and in the community with an ecumenical spirit to serve as our Lord would have us serve, striving to share God's love with all.
Oxon Hill United Methodist church holds the belief contained in our mission statement,
The mission of the church is each of ours individually and all of ours as a community of faith. This is what we commit ourselves to when we become members of the United Methodist Church and what the Lord asks of us. Can we, and do we, respond as did Isaiah? "And I heard the voice of the Lord saying,'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here I am! Send me'" (Isaiah 6:8)
|Reverend John R. Cannon||1897||- March 1899|
|Reverend William S. Lynn||April 1899||- April 1901|
|Reverend E. E. Fisher||April 1901||- September 1903|
|Reverend S. C. Schaeffer||October 19, 1903||- March 28, 1904|
|Reverend W. L. Orem||April 4, 1904||- March 28, 1906|
|Reverend H. G. Spencer||April 3, 1906||- April 1911|
|Reverend Clarence Corkran||1911||- 1914|
|Reverend H. Cliff Owens||1914||- 1917|
|Reverend Rice||1917||- 1918|
|Reverend John Holt||1918||- 1921|
|Reverend George Conner||1921||- 1928|
|Reverend Armstrong||1928||- 1930|
|Reverend Beall||1930||- 1931|
|Reverend Paul Sampson||1931||- 1933|
|Reverend George Boss||1933||- 1936|
|Reverend Robert Tinker||1936||- 1937|
|Reverend James McCauley||1937||- February 1946|
|Reverend William C. Harpold||1946||- 1953|
|Reverend John Kuschel||1953||- 1957|
|Reverend Elgar Soper||1957||- 1966|
|Reverend John R. Esaias, Jr.||June 1966||- June 1985|
|Reverend William L. Raker||July 1985||- June 1992|
|Reverend Sandra S. W. Taylor||July 1992||- June 2000|
|Reverend John C. Warren||July 2000||- June 2008|
|Reverend Miguel Balderas||July 2008||- June 2013|
|Reverend Harry E. Smith, Jr.||June 2013|