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The first Methodist Church was organized in 1808

The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in Newark on October 1, 1808 when "The Trustees of the Methodist Wesley Chapel in the Town of Newark" were elected. But the Methodist Episcopal Churches roots in Newark go back further. Francis Asbury came to America in 1771 and preached in New Jersey while traveling from Philadelphia to New York City. The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in New York City on December 24, 1784 with sixty reverends. Francis Asbury was ordained as deacon and elder at this meeting. Newark was the site of the first conference. Trenton had its first chapel in 1773 with Richard Sause of NYC as a trustee. The minutes of a Philadelphia Conference said that in 1786 there was a mission in Newark with fifty members.

Name Organized Closed/Existed After
Asbury/
South Market Street Methodist Church
1860 1907
Broad Street Methodist Chapel 1859 1868
Centenary Methodist Church 1866 <1940>
Clinton Memorial AME Zion
(St. John's)
1822 <1940>
Dashiell Memorial Methodist 1883 1907
Davis Memorial Methodist 1881 1894
DeGroot Methodist April, 1880 <1940>
Eighth/
St. Paul's/
Broad Street Methodist
February 9, 1853 <1940>
Emanuel (German) Methodist 1846 <1940>
Fifth/
Eighth Avenue/
Quarry Street Methodist
June 6, 1848 <1935>
First Italian Methodist 1907 <1915>
First Methodist
(Wesley Methodist Chapel/
Halsey Street Methodist)
October 1, 1808 <1940>
First/ Clinton Hill/ Trinity/
Trinity Union Methodist Protestant
June 20, 1859 <1940>
Fourth Methodist
(Union St.)
April 21, 1847 <1940>
German Free Methodist 1896 <1910>
Grace Methodist 1907 <1940>
Houston Street Methodist Chapel 1862 1883
Montgomery Street Methodist November 19, 1893 <1915>
Primitive Methodist 1836 1849
Roseville Methodist Church June 11, 1858 (1855) <1974>
St. Andrews Methodist <1908> <1908>
St. James A. M. E. 1900 Present
St. Luke's Methodist 1869 Present
Second African/
Bethel Methodist
1844 1894
Second German Methodist 1870, 1885 1878, <1906>
Second Methodist
(Franklin St., Memorial)
1831 <1940>
Seventh Methodist
(Trinity)
June 7, 1851 1924
Sixth Methodist
(Central)
December 9, 1849 <1940>
Summerfield Methodist 1892 <1920>
Svenska Methodist <1908> <1908>
Third Methodist
(Clinton St.)
1842 1880
Vailsburg Methodist May 10, 1901 Present
Zion Methodist 1895 <1925>