In the year 1844, a few devoted followers of Christ worshipping him according to the dictates of their consciences, assembled and organized what was then known as the Methodist church North. For many years it struggled among adverse elements, but maintained its existence and with a steady adherence to its conceptions of duty it continued to grow and prosper, until it has become one of the influential and powerful church organizations of the city – exhibiting a membership of 220, an average attendance at church morning service of 250; with a Sabbath School into which are gathered 250 scholars under the instruction of 20 faithful and devoted teachers, the whole under the superintendence of Mr. A. P. Shepherd. Their handsome church edifice which with its ground and furniture cost $20,000, adorns the corner of Broadway and 6th Streets, where it is a conspicuous object of admiration. Its audience room is one of the finest in the city, and is a favorite place for large and popular gatherings, having a seating capacity of 800. It is handsomely carpeted and very elegantly lighted and seated. Rev. J. M. Parker is its faithful pastor, under whose earnest and untiring labors the organization has steadily grown in power, influence and members. Here the annual meetings of the Missouri State Sabbath School Convention held its session last May and within a few weeks past, the Teachers’ Institute for Northeast Missouri assembled in this comfortable place for its three days session.
Source: R. I. Holcombe. History of Marion County, Missouri: Written and Compiled from the Most Authentic Official and Private Sources : Including a History of Its Townships, Towns, and Villages, Together with a Condensed History of Missouri, the City of St. Louis, a Reliable and Detailed History of Marion County, Its Pioneer Record, War History, Resources, Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Prominent Citizens : General and Local Statistics of Great Value, and a Large Amount of Legal and Miscellaneous Matter, Incidents and Reminiscences, Grave, Tragic and Humorous. St. Louis : E. F. Perkins, 1884.