First United Methodist Church of Gulfport

The First United Methodist Church of Gulfport, Mississippi, traces its roots to a Sunday School that met in a railroad boxcar in the Fall of 1896, shortly before Gulfport became a city. A unique stained-glass dome is the dominant feature of the sanctuary. The sanctuary, the dome, and most importantly, the church people have thrived as a faith community in downtown Gulfport, surviving  two hurricanes, Camille in 1969 and Katrina in 2005. At our heart, we  are a congregation of many generations dedicated to the community of Gulfport and to the heart of Christ.


Photo credit: Historical Society of Gulfport

The United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church of Gulfport is a local congregation of The United Methodist Church, which is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world.


One of Methodism’s first founders, John Wesley, and other early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action.


For more information about the United Methodist Church worldwide, visit our denominational website at www.umc.org. For more information about the United Methodist Church here Mississippi, please visit http://www.mississippi-umc.org/.