Our History

Original Centennial United Methodist Church Building
Smyrna, Delaware
Founded 1876

The history of Centennial United Methodist Church dates as far back as 1790. For a while the African American congregation held separate services at the Asbury United Methodist Church. The number of members increased to the point where they organized into a Methodist Society and held church service in their homes. By 1875, these members had become part of the Smyrna Charge which included four churches.

In 1876 the congregation of 64 members worked diligently to erect the first Centennial Methodist Church. In spite of the many financial struggles, the church survived and continued to grow. It was then placed in a Charge with Cheswold, Delaware until Centennial made the decision to acquire its own pastor. In 1968, Centennial became part of the Peninsula –Delaware Conference and was placed on a Charge with Asbury United Methodist Church in Smyrna. Eventually, Centennial was placed on an individual Charge.

In 1996, the original building was destroyed by fire and services were held at Asbury United Methodist Church for four years. Centennial was able to begin worshipping in the new church building (featured on our home page) on December 21, 2000.

Scripture of Meditation

John 3:16*

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

*King James version of the Holy Bible

2011 Annual Women’s Day

The women of centennial

Bishop Violet Fisher







On Sunday, March 13, 2011, the Women of Centennial celebrated their Annual Women’s Day program. Bishop Violet Fisher delivered an exciting and powerful sermon to the awaiting congregation. The guest choir,  “Rebirth,” sang spirit filled songs that encouraged everyone.


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