(For ministers who served before 1947, the year we became a Station Church, click here to download David Roberts’s excellent 150 Year History of HUMC.)


Ministers serving at Hollywood since 1947

1947 – 1950

Rev. Warren Firth

1951 – 1955

Rev. C. Gordon Clews

1955 – 1957

Rev. Harold R McClay, Sr.

1958 – 1960

Rev. Hallock N. Mohler

1961 – 1962

Rev. Dr. Clifford B. Strang

1963 – 1966

Rev. James L. Shannon (Died 1988)

1967 – 1973

Rev. James C. Haskin (Died 1989)

1974 – 1976

Rev. Darrell E. Jett (From March–August 1974, Rev. Jett exchanged pulpits with Rev. John Turner from England.)

1976 – 1982

Rev. George A. Blankner

1982 – 1988

Rev. Curtis Campaigne (Died July 20, 2019)

1988 – 1994

Rev. A. Frederick Walz, Jr.

1994 – 2016

Rev. Sheldon M. Reese

2016 – June 30, 2020

Rev. Katie Paul

July 1, 2020 –

Rev. Matthew Tate


Pictures of the 2nd and 3rd Joy Chapels

Below are two pictures of the third Joy Chapel, which sat approximately on the site of our education wing today. 


Below is a picture of the second Joy Chapel, which sat approximately where the current Joy Chapel sits today.

Homecoming 2018

Hollywood United Methodist Church celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Joy Chapel and our Methodist presence in Hollywood on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Following the 11:00 AM service, everyone gathered together in Galilee Hall. A group photo was taken, followed by a lovely lunch, coordinated by Louise Dean. A Guest Book, that had been used at a previous Hollywood Methodist Church Anniversary Celebration, dated September 23, 2001, was signed by 110 people attending the event.


The first presentation was on the “Early History of Hollywood United Methodist Church,” known  as Joy’s Neighborhood, then, as the first Joy Chapel. This time period was from 1832 through 1895, when the second Joy Chapel was erected on the same site. The first Joy Chapel fell into disrepair, thus prompting the building of a second Joy Chapel, located where our Memorial Chapel and Cemetery are located on Joy Chapel Road in Hollywood. After fire destroyed the second Joy Chapel, a third Joy Chapel was built on the site of our current church in 1933. Then, in 1946, the cornerstone for our present brick church building was laid. The beautiful presentation was prepared by Judy Wood, and narrated by David Roberts.


The second presentation for the day was “The History of the Music and Choirs of Hollywood United Methodist Church. The first music was known to be played by Mr. Roger Dean, on a pump organ, in the third Joy Chapel, as well as in the new brick church.  Also, Mrs. Lida Mosher, Mrs. Irma Baker and Norma Insley (Dawson), played the pump organ for Sunday School and later for some church services. In 1947, under the direction of Mr. Fulton Lewis, Jr., a Children’s Choir was formed. This choir under his leadership, 1947-1954, which included the building of a pipe organ, performed and were widely known for excellence. Throughout the years, Hollywood United Methodist Church has always been known for music and choirs. The directors and choir members have kept this tradition alive, as begun many years earlier. They have all presented a love of music and its importance to the life of the church. The dedication of these past and present directors and choir members, show their ongoing love and respect for their congregation and community. This presentation was created through the efforts of Norma Insley Dawson, Barbara Dean Trible, Joanne Lawrence Buzzell, Pat Schmalgemeyer Hayden, Donna Smith Knott and Karen Bishop Wood.


I thank all who helped, in any way, to put this program and special day together. Special thanks go to Wade Thompson, our Office Manager, and to Pastor Katie Paul, for without their support this day could not have happened.


Karen Bishop Wood

Key Dates in Our History

  • 1868 – First Joy Chapel Dedicated
  • 1894 – Second Joy Chapel dedicated on October 28, 1894
  • 1907 – Inspired by the Holiness Movement, several members of Joy Chapel left and helped start what is now Hollywood Church of the Nazarene.
  • 1931 – Second Joy Chapel destroyed by chimney fire. The pulpit and pews were saved.
  • 1933 – Third Joy Chapel built on site of present church.
  • 1939 – Methodist Episcopal Church merged with two other Methodist denominations to form The Methodist Church; our church renamed Joy Chapel Methodist Church.
  • 1946 – Cornerstone laid for current sanctuary building.
  • 1947 – Current sanctuary building dedicated. Name changed to Hollywood Methodist Church. First pastor assigned directly to our congregation.
  • 1950s – Parsonage purchased. Third Joy Chapel removed.
  • 1961 – Education wing built.
  • 1967 – Fourth Joy Chapel built.
  • 1968 – Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church merged into United Methodist Church and we became Hollywood United Methodist Church
  • 1970s – Hollywood UMC yoked with Galilee UMC in Oakville. Our pastor served both churches.
  • 1975 – Hollywood United Methodist Preschool launched.
  • 1983 – Galilee UMC closed and their building was burned. Members of Galilee merged in Hollywood UMC. Fellowship Hall renamed Galilee Hall.
  • 1992 – New parsonage built on Karen Court. Old parsonage sold.
  • 2017 – “New” parsonage sold.

Joy Chapel Cemetery

You may enter a surname in the box below to search the memorials that have been created on Find A Grave for those who are buried at Joy Chapel Cemetery. This is not a comprehensive list of all of our grave sites and we are not responsible for mistakes.

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