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A History of the United Methodist Church Can Be Read Here!

The History of Maples:


  • Alan Dupree donated the lot located at what was then the corner of Pigeon Roost and Sandidge Road for the first Methodist Church in Olive Branch.
  • Rev. Sam Watson, an early settler of Olive Branch, was appointed as the first minister of the First Methodist Church in Olive Branch


  • A new lot on Pigeon Roost next to the Baptist Church was purchased for the growing congregation.


  • A white frame church marked by a tall steeple and bell tower was completed which became the home for the First Methodist Church in Olive Branch.


  • The old frame structure was replaced with a new brick structure which remains to this day.
  • The name was changed to Maples Memorial Methodist Church in memory of Dr. C.L. Maples.


  • The United Methodist Church came into being, and Maples joined to become Maples Memorial United Methodist Church.


  • Land was purchased on Goodman Road to accommodate the continued growth. This location is Maples current location.


  • A free standing bell tower was erected to house the long-lost bell from the 1895 building.


  • Maples Memorial celebrated 150 years of ministry in the Olive Branch area.

August 22, 1993:

  • Ground was broken on the Goodman Road property for a temporary worship center and educational space.

December 11, 1994:

  • The new facility on Goodman Road was consecrated on December 11.


  • The new sanctuary was completed and that wing of the building opened. A metal cross was placed within the concrete foundation of the sanctuary, so that Jesus would always be the church's foundation.
  • With the increased space, Maples began to provide a home for many community organizations like, Boy Scouts, Al Anon, and T.O.P.S, and the YMCA.
  • Maples installed the windows you see dotted around the sanctuary, which you can read more about here!


  • Membership increased from 596 in 1994 to 1,278 in 2013


  • Maples Memorial celebrated 175 years of ministry and was honored to welcome Bishop James Swanson to lead the service.


  • Maples Church temporarily suspended in-person worship due to the Covid-19 pandemic from March 2020 to June 2020.
  • When worship resumed, Maples added a new Sunday Morning service: The Connection.


  • Maples voted against disaffiliating from the United Methodist Church, and remained Maples Memorial United Methodist Church.
  • Pastor Kerry Powell, our current lead pastor, began his service on July 2nd, 2023.