Today, Fairhaven United Methodist Church is an active and
diverse congregation, but our journey began in the 1960's with 3
small Methodist churches located within 5 miles of each other in
the rural Quince Orchard area of Gaithersburg. In 1965, McDonald
Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, a white Southern church, and
Hunting Hill Methodist Church, a white Northern church, which
had previously been on the same charge, merged and became
Fairhaven United Methodist Church. Although the possibility of
merging the 2 white churches and Pleasant View Methodist
Episcopal Church, a black church, was mentioned as early as
1960, it wasn't until 1968 that the unification of Fairhaven and
Pleasant View was accomplished by transferring the memberships
of most of the Pleasant View congregation to Fairhaven.
The name Fairhaven, referring to Paul's stopping at the port
of Fair Havens (Acts 27:8-19 for repairs to his boat before
continuing on to Rome with the Good News of Jesus Christ, was
suggested by Rev. Kenneth Carder, the pastor in 1965, and chosen
by congregational vote. Because none of the 3 churches had
enough land on which to build a new, larger building, the
present site was purchased in 1968, and in 1970 this building
was dedicated. A new education wing, with the current kitchen
and fellowship hall, was added in 1990.
Looking toward the future, Fairhaven continues to minister to
a community that is rapidly expanding and changing. We have been
nurtured by and have drawn strength from the diversity of the
worship traditions of our members. Fairhaven United Methodist
Church strives to be an inclusive church, welcoming everyone
into our fellowship as followers of Jesus Christ.
As we continue to grow, as a community of faith and as witnesses to
God's love in the world, we look to a bright future of caring, sharing,
and serving the Lord!