Located about 30 miles west of Salt Lake City, at 78 East Utah Avenue, Tooele Community UMC has a rich and long history beginning in 1871.
The Utah Territory was divided up among the various Protestant denominations and the Tooele Valley was assigned to the Methodists. The Methodist Church in Tooele began as a Sunday school, and then expanded to become Tooele Academy. It grew into a church when a few people joined. The membership grew and diminished over the next several years, mostly due to the fortunes of the mining towns that populated the Tooele Valley.
The Church began as a “Community Church” serving all Protestant Christians in the Tooele Valley. The original church was constructed in 1882. The successor to that church was built in 1928, with an addition built in 1964. That same building is used today for the church. The members still think of themselves as The Community Church. The Tooele pastors for many years served the neighboring towns’ Methodist church in addition to the church in Tooele.
An annual Turkey Dinner for the community has been held every year since 1920. The congregation has been strong in community service in other ways, as well. They have made quilts for the hospital, fed the poor and needy, offered their parsonage to be used as a shelter for those fleeing domestic violence in addition to many other services. This is and always has been a congregation who longs to serve God and the community.*
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27 (New International Version)
*Source: Susan Levy, Timeline Summary, April 30, 2010