OUR STORY

Grand Avenue Temple is a church with a rich past, an exciting present and a promising future.  We are one of five congregations in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Grand Avenue Temple was founded in 1865, just after the Civil War. By the early 1900’s, the congregation had grown to be one of the largest in the state and was instrumental in establishing several new Methodist houses of worship in the growing town. From this, we became known as the “Mother Church of Methodism”  in Kansas City.

Adam Hamilton, pastor of Church of the Resurrection, has described Grand Avenue Temple as the Resurrection of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Presently, Grand Avenue Temple is a small but active, downtown congregation. Grand Avenue is known for true congregational diversity; serving the Sojourner community, urban downtown dwellers and faithful members from areas surrounding the city. This historic congregation is a focal point for the downtown area and a spiritual center in the urban core.  With a continuing tradition of mission and outreach to our downtown neighbors, Grand Avenue Temple is always involved in its surrounding community.

Grand Avenue Temple has a promising future. Ministry to our rapidly changing city and world has brought this historic church into the 21st century. As the downtown community grows and changes, Grand Avenue will continue to be an active witness in the urban core through outreach and ministry.