Our Church History

Learn about the history of Northaven United Methodist Church!

Church Building

Founded in 1955, Northaven grew steadily through the 1950s and early 1960s, establishing itself as a church of vital worship and preaching and social outreach. Such notable theologians as Paul Tillich, John A. T. Robinson, and Schubert Ogden gave lectures at Northaven and led the community into deeper understandings of the Christian faith and life.

Many people in the church took a vigorous stand against the war in Vietnam during the late 1960s and early 1970s, once again making Northaven a distinctive congregation within the city. A cooperative preschool and kindergarten was started in the late 1960s and has been one of Dallas’ finest ever since. In 1998, Northaven voted to become the 148th church to join the national network of churches called the Reconciling Congregation Program, all devoted to making the United Methodist Church more inclusive of all people. In 2005, Northaven moved into its new building, marking the beginning of a dramatic and exciting new era in Northaven’s history.

This intimate and active congregation now numbers more than 590 members, and many more consider it their church home. Among the hallmarks of the church are a vital worship and music experience, interest in the arts, outreach to the community and beyond, and sensitivity to inclusiveness and fellowship. The Rev. Eric Folkerth is the tenth pastor of Northaven. He has served Northaven since June of 2001.

The pastors of Northaven and the year in which each was appointed to Northaven:

1955 Addison Cutter
1958 William Holmes
1966 James Hares
1967 William McElvaney
1973 William Slack
1977 DeForrest Wiksten
1983 James Sanders
1985 C. Bourdon Smith
1991 John Thornburg
2001 Eric Folkerth

Church in Society

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?