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Reverend C. E. RedeckerRockland United Methodist Church started as a congregation of the United Evangelical Church led by Reverend C. E. Redecker on November 9, 1900. A Sunday School class of eight members met in the home of Wesley Tucker in the community known as Jonestown. One month later there were 45 members and a Worship Service was added. At that time the Sunday School was often larger than the Sunday Worship Service.


The congregation built a church building in 1901. It was called Jonestown United Evangelical Church. That first decade saw an average attendance of 103 Sunday School students and 36 Sunday Worship participants. In 1920 the Church was renamed to Rockland, shortly later, the name became Trinity Church of Rockland.


In 1958, the State of Maryland made the Church move their location for the construction of I-70. The church found a location on Old Frederick Road and the new church building was completed December 18, 1960. At that time it was called Rockland Trinity Evangelical United Brethren under the pastoral leadership of Reverend J. K. Barner with 170 church members.


In 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren merged with the Methodist Church and the church was renamed to Rockland United Methodist Church. Rockland today remains a part of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.

Rockland Historical Documents:

1961 Dedication & History

1901-1976 Jubilee & History

2001 Howard County History

Below are photos found in the church office:

Old Church

Jonestown United Evangelical Church

Site of New Church

Construction

Dedication of New Church

Rockland UMC Photos

Older Mission Pictures

 

A Daily Verse

As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”. . .

- Mark 13:1-20

 

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Rockland United Methodist Church is a Community that: Communicates God's Word, Invites Commitment, Cares for others and Celebrates God's love through witness and service...