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Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Psalm 95:6


At Rossville United Methodist Church, it is our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We are committed to providing a safe and secure place of worship and study for people of all ages.


In the early days of Rossville, the Methodists and Baptists met together for worship beginning as early as 1870, first worshiping together in the Baptist Church building. In 1891 the Methodists built a building that was shared by both the Methodists and Baptists from 1892-1920.  On February 27, 1922 a fire destroyed the Methodist Church and once again the Methodists and Baptists worshipped together until the present Methodist building was built on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. John L. Crawford located next door to their house. 


The first service in the new church was held on Easter Sunday 1923. The Crawford House is currently available to the church to use as needed for growth and expansion. Through the years additions were made to the church facility with the last addition being completed in 2021 to provide additional classroom and outdoor space. Both the Crawford House and Church are on the National Historic Register.

Effective June 1, 2023, Rossville Church will be an Independent Congregation with a strong Wesleyan Heritage.



We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord.


We believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, that he suffered under Pontius Pilate and was crucified, died, and was buried.

We believe on the third day Jesus rose from the dead, he ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty and that He will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church (universal church), the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of our sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

We believe that everything needed for our salvation is contained in the Old and New Testaments.

We believe in one baptism and that it is an outward and visible sign of God’s grace.

We believe there are two sacraments ordained of Christ in the Gospel; Baptism and The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).


We believe the only sure way of salvation is to confess our sins, repent and trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.


We believe that one day Jesus will return to earth and receive all believers into His Kingdom and will judge the unrighteous.




Rev. J. Barry Henson

Rev. Henson serves part time as a retired Elder in the United Methodist Church as well as a retired Chaplain (Colonel) in the United States Army. 


Office Hours

Tuesday: 9:00 am-1:00 pm  |  Thursday: 9:00-11:30 am


He is also available other times as needed for pastoral concerns. 


Melanie Willer
Interim Pianist

Melanie was born and raised in Memphis with four brothers and was saved at the age of 8 yrs old.  Melanie is happily married to Keith and they spent 25 yrs in Collierville raising four sons.  They now live is Rossville and are active members of Rossville Church.  Retired after 32 years at FedEx, Melanie is now in real estate and loving four grand babies and seven grand dogs.  

Audra Gaines 
Children's Coordinator & Interim Choir Director

With an M.Ed. in Community Counseling, Audra specializes in Children and Adolescents. She has served in the areas of children's ministry and charities for over 20 years. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Rossville with their two children, Landon and Anna Payton.


Anna Payton Gaines
Nursery Assistant

Anna Payton is a resident of Rossville, and currently attends Fayette Academy.  She has several years' experience working with and caring for children in home and church settings, and plans to pursue a degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Studies.

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