Then, in 1854, Reverend W. H. Goode came to Kansas to select locations for the stationing of ministers for the Methodist Church. One site was the Marias des Cygne Mission, later to be known as Osawatomie. Early pastors would ride a “circuit” on horseback from place to place.
In the early 1900’s, the current location where the church stands would have looked like this image of the early county fairgrounds. The modern-day Timbercreek restraurant would be in the center of the picture with the church directly behind the trees.
Under the leadership of Rev. Donna Voteau, the congregation purchased land and constructed a new church building where it stands today at 249 N Metcalf. Pastor Donna and brave lay leadership led a faithful congregation into a new age and today their vision of a future with hope continues to draw new people to faith and discipleship.
From that point forward, the building where we stand today would be labeled “Currently” a United Methodist Church, indicating its varied history and service to the community. Over the next few years, the church would continue to grow in numbers in its new location. Today, Louisburg UMC is a vibrant, vital church with over 280 members and lots of additional visitors as well.
In 2015, Rev. Karla Woodward joined our team as we began growing more and more. Pastor Karla is an Ordained Deacon, connecting the church to the world and the world back to the church. Under her guidance, the church offers support groups, classes, Disciple Bible Study and ways to connect more deeply.
Rev. Brad Wheeler arrived in Louisburg with his family in July of 2016. He is very excited about the community of Louisburg, and Louisburg United Methodist Church.