Now situated at the corner of Chestnut Street and Westchester Drive, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church had its beginnings when a small group of Methodists under the the leadership of Peter Doub, one of Methodism's most famous circuit riders, built a one room church on what was to become Washington Street in a town as yet unincorporated in 1856. This first congregation numbered seventeen people. Seven males, ten females (four of whom were African-Americans).
The congregation grew and a second church was erected on the same site between 1888 and 1890. Known as Washington Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, this church housed the congregaton until 1915 when a third church was built on North Main Street and the name was changed to Wesley Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South in honor of Methodism's founder John Wesley.
Membership continued to grow and the site on North Main Street was landlocked , so in 1953 a tract of land was purchased on Chestnut Street. Construction was begun in 1958 on the Chapel and the Administrative/Education wing and was completed and occupied in 1960. By 1968 the present sanctuary had aso been built and occupied. That same year the name was changed to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church due to the national merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren.
From its earliest years Wesley Memorial has been a mission-oriented church supporting local and foreign missions. That continues today as members help in all phases of local food pantries, clothing closets, after school tutoring projects and feeding the homeless and hungry. Members have traveled to Haiti, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Kenya and many places in this country, helping to do whatever it takes to make people's lives better. It is a concerned, caring and loving church for all people.
For a complete history of the church, A History of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, High Point, is available in the church office for $15.00.