From the beginning, little children led the way to the building of Baldwin Community United Methodist Church, which now majestically presides over the crossroads of Doverdell, Weyman, and Baptist roads in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. The church is dedicated to the service of God in our community.
Baldwin Community had a simple and child-centered start. On Mother’s Day, May 9, 1943, Mrs. Glendora Garman stood at the door of her home, 4716 Baptist Road, and smiled at each of the eight children who answered to her invitation to attend Sunday School. By her side was Mrs. Blanche Madden, a friend, who offered to help teach the children that day.
After a year or so, the Sunday School moved into the basement of the Union School on Baptist Road because so many children were now in attendance. Adults also became interested in learning and worshipping in their own community, so George R. Horner led discussions each Sunday that attracted more and more people. Within a year, there was not only an adult department, but a nursery school, a primary department, and a junior department.
The adults began talking about the need for a church. Of one thing they were sure: they wanted a church that would be a part of the community, a church to which all those who wanted to worship God through service could belong, no matter what their creed.
The name Baldwin Community Methodist Church was officially given to the organization on Sunday morning, September 29, 1946. The congregation continued to grow and the church building needed to be expanded in several phases, with the current sanctuary being built in 1954.
Baldwin Community continues to grow and thrive as its members serve God in our community and beyond. Check out the website to learn more about current programs for worship, ministry, and outreach.