This Week in
Methodist History March 17, 1844
Reverend Thomas Brown Preaches First Methodist Sermon in
Dallas Area, March 19,
Texas Methodist history and the history of
Dallas have been intertwined since the city
was surveyed into lots in 1844. The first
recorded preacher in Dallas
was the Rev. Thomas Brown. Isaac Webb’s
diary entry for March 19, 1844, reads in part, “Thomas Brown, the first
traveling Methodist preacher that visited the Colony, stayed all night with me
and preached at Wm. M Cochran’s the first sermon in the neighborhood. From Romans 1:16, hymn, From All that Dwells Below the Skies, tune, “Kedron,” . Webb
was referring to William and Nancy Jane Cochran. Webb was married to Nancy Jane’s sister, Mary.
The next year, 1845, the Rev. Daniel Shook formed a circuit in the area. In 1846 Isaac Webb built a chapel and
was designated the temporary county seat until an election could be held. In 1851 the Cochran family bought a section
of land on what is today called Bachman Branch.
In 1856 Jane Cochran deeded land to the Methodist Episcopal Church South
for a church building and cemetery.
Cochran Chapel and the cemetery still exist. The location is on
Northwest Highway near Love Field. The congregation at Cochran Chapel UMC is proud
of its history. It honors its heritage
by providing vital ministries too numerous to list here. I invite you to visit the Cochran Chapel UMC
website to learn more about its history.