Roseland United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 05, 2021
Making God's Love Real

Our History

Our Heritage:

The organization of the first church in Roseland began when the Rev. T.F. Roland held services on March 29, 1914 in a one room school house in town.  Thirty five people were received that day into membership.  Land for a new church building was acquired through a gift from A. A. Berry, President of the Florida Land Co. in 1915.  Soon after, members set about collecting funds for the building.  It was estimated the cost would be between $900-$1000 and it would be paid for upon completion.  The first service was held in the new building on April 30, 1916 under the name "Roseland Methodist Episcopal Church South".
For many years the church was part of what was called the "Sebastian Charge".  The charge consisted of the Sebastian, Roseland, Vero and Oslo Churches which all shared the same pastor.  Services were held once or twice a month with the pastor, but Sunday School and Vesper Services were held often with the help of members.  In 1949 The Rev. Denny Hendry came to Roseland to become it's first full time minister.

Our Growth:

Over the years many changes have occurred.  In 1928 the church was wired for electricity.  In the Hurricane of '28, the chapel suffered damage to its foundation and timbers were placed as braces in each corner of the building.  In 1960 a Thrift Shop was started and in 1979 Roseland began using "United Methodist Church" in its title.  In 1993 a contemporary service was added to meet the needs of a generation not attending church. In the year 2000 our latest of many building projects was completed with the addition of the Education Building and in 2001 Roseland Christian Preschool was started with 12 children in attendance.
In 2014 we celebrated our 100th year in existence!!  Because of the numbers who came to love our little church as much as those who had known and loved it for years, membership has grown to over 400.  Roseland has had 35 ministers with some in the early years returning to the charge a second time.  It can be said of this place of worship, truly you have come a long way from a $1000 beginning and membership of 35!  Praise the Lord and may He bless us all who have contributed in so many ways to the history of our church.