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 church 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 full time 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 planted a site in the Pike Road community which was launched as Century United Methodist Church in 2017, and we hope to continue to be used by God to plant new churches in our region or around the world.
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:
Welcoming All People: Frazer is one of the most diverse churches in our area, and we believe God desires for us to become even more diverse as we reach new people with the love of Christ from every part of our community and beyond.
Biblical Foundations: Frazer remains committed to the anchor of truth found in the Bible amidst the shifting seas of our confused culture, but all too often our society has become biblically illiterate. We are developing new ways for people to engage with the Bible so that everyone can encounter the life-transforming power of God's Word for themselves.
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 is developing a coordinated family ministry strategy to strengthen marriages, equip parents, heal broken families, and care for orphans and foster children.
Neighborhood Impact: we will continue our heritage of serving the community through more focused partnerships to meet the needs of our neighbors with lasting solutions. Our Transformation Montgomery project has opened the door to provide tutoring and after school programs in Chisholm Elementary and launched a new preschool program in 2017.