About Rockland

Rockland United Methodist Church

8971 Chapel Avenue – Ellicott City, MD  21043


Welcome to Rockland – a little church with a big heart.

Rockland United Methodist Church started as a congregation of the United Evangelical Church led by Reverend C. E. Redecker, November 9, 1900. A Sunday School class of eight members met in the home of Wesley Tucker in the community was known as Jonestown. One month later there were 45 members and a Worship Service was added. At that time the Sunday School was often more 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 attenders. In 1920 the Church’s name became Rockland, shortly later, 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

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