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Mount Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church
Mount Bethel, Warren County

This exceptionally fine stone church was built in 1841 by a local landowner and tanner, James Egbert. He owned the church for many years, and it was known as Egbert's Church, but it was ultimately given to the Methodists. There was an earlier Baptist church in the area that had been purchased by Egbert for use of the Methodists, but apparently no trace of it remains, although there is a note in Bishop Asbury's journal that he preached in it in 1811. The United Methodist Church closed this church in the early-to-mid 1990s; before it was closed, the same pastor traditionally served both the McCrea Memorial Methodist church in nearby Port Murray and this congregation.
     The church now houses the BethEL Church of God in Christ and significant restoration of the interior is underway. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.




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