About Us

DePauw Memorial

DePauw Memorial United Methodist Church is rich in history. Her technical birth was prior to 1850 with church school meetings held under a large sycamore tree near the church’s current location in New Albany.

For many years, Sunday school and worship services were held under the tree or in the homes of members. Numbers of attendees grew and a need for a larger gathering place was obvious. At one point, religious services were offered in a nearby dance hall. Soon, those attending these services decided to create a formal congregation.

The church was built in 1851 and named Kingsley Mission. It was reported that on November 20, 1871 all the seats were taken, men stood in the aisles and 200 people stood outside the building for the two-hour service. The Kingsley Mission burned on March 4, 1883. A new building was erected and donated by Washington C. DePauw, a local manufacturer, grain dealer and banker.

Sadly, the day before the church was to be dedicated in 1884, Mr. DePauw’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Jennie, died unexpectedly from typhoid. The next day, the church was officially named the Jennie DePauw Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church in her memory.

Unfortunately, the church burned in 1899. A new church built of limestone was erected and dedicated in 1901. Fire destroyed this building in 1917. Church members purchased bricks from the old woolen mills in New Albany and gathered almost every night to collect, clean, and stack bricks for the new church. The current building was dedicated in 1919. It has seen many changes over the years and will undoubtedly see many more in the future.


(Above) Jennie DePauw Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church circa 1895.
(Below) Washington C. DePauw and his daughter, Jennie in 1882.

Courtesy of the New Albany Floyd County Public Library

Our History

Brent Franz

Pastor

DePauw’s Staff


Pastor: Brent Franz

Family Ministries Director: John Hoffman

Traditional Music Director & Organist - Steven W. Bradley

Contemporary Music Director: Robin Zipper

Youth Director - Chelsea Getty

Administrative Assistant: Brittany Bley

Financial Administrator: Richard McCauley
Custodian : Tami Stull