First United Methodist Church of Gulfport

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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

First United Methodist Church of Gulfport is a historic, downtown church in the city of Gulfport (right across from City Hall). We welcome everyone and strive to remain true to the United Methodist motto, Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. We believe every human being is a beloved child of God, on a journey to God, with God. We admit that we do not have all the answers, but we believe that Jesus Christ points the way.

We are a church that is invested in our community. We believe that when we are engaging those around us (our neighbors), we are engaging Christ.

We seek meaningful relationships with one another through worship, small groups, fellowship, outreach and mutual support of each other. We believe that "people will know that we are disciples of Jesus Christ by our love for one another." (John 13:35)

Our church family is intergenerational. Our theology is rooted in the gospel. By the power of God, through grace of Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit we seek to "love God and neighbor." 

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Our Mission

Our mission is "make disciples of Jesus Christ."

Our Vision

Our vision is "love God and neighbor."

Our Core Values

"Trust God. Honor everyone. Reach out in service."

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 For more information about the United Methodist Church here Mississippi, please visit