Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church began in 1889 when a local preacher organized a Sunday School in a storeroom on Holt Street in Montgomery. In 1892 a minister was assigned to the group and the church was organized.
In the 1960s, Frazer Memorial Methodist Church had about 500 members. Construction of Interstates 85 and 65 caused many of the members to move to other parts of town. Some denominational consultants studied the problem and basically suggested the church disband.
After more discussion, the pastor, Rev. Noah Lisenby, is reported to have leaped out of his chair, looked at the people present, and said, "You may know statistics and demographics, but you don't know the heart of the people of Frazer, and you don't understand God's purpose for these people!"
Eventually, five acres of property in East Montgomery were offered to the church. At the time it was simply an open cotton field well outside the city limits with few houses around, but members stayed faithful to the church and began to invite others to join them. As the city grew out toward the East, the grew as well.
Over the next 30 years, Frazer became one of the fastest growing United Methodist congregations in America. In 1990 it had the largest worship attendance and the largest Sunday School attendance of any United Methodist congregation in North America.
To reach even more people, Frazer began to offer three Sunday morning worship services and Sunday School hours in 1978. In 1992, Frazer invested in a state-of-the-art television ministry and studio to take the message of Christ to the greater Montgomery community, state, nation and even the world.
Since Easter Sunday 2000, Frazer has increased the number of Sunday morning worship services to six by starting three Contemporary Worship services. In 2003, a seventh service, totally in Spanish, was begun and a fulltime Hispanic minister was hired. Today a Chinese language service also meets every other week and the Contemporary Worship service is translated into Korean.
In 2016, Frazer launched a second site in the Pike Road community, meeting for worship in the Pike Road School and offering new ways for people to connect in community and mission.
Frazer enjoys a rich heritage, but we believe our greatest days are yet to come. Not because we are such great people, but because we think God is at work in the world, and wants to do great things through us. A glimpse of where we are headed:
Multi-Site: Frazer has become one church in multiple locations. Beginning in 2016 with the launch of our Pike Road campus, Frazer plans to branch out into at least five locations by 2020. New worship gatherings will make it easier for new people to connect into the Frazer family, and just as importantly, Frazer will be even more immersed into local communities for mission and ministry outside the walls of the church.
Family Focus: we see families under stress all around us, but we believe there is hope in Christ. In addition to our excellent Children's Ministry and Student Ministry, Frazer will develop a family ministry initiative to strengthen marriages, equip parents, heal broken families, and care for orphans and foster children.
Public School Partnerships: we will continue our heritage of serving the community through more focused partnerships with local schools. Our Pike Road Campus, which will meets in the Pike Road School, has already begun serving the teachers there, and in Montgomery our Transformation Montgomery project has opened the door to provide tutoring and after school programs in Chisholm Elementary.