Welcome to the Grove! We are Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church. We are a Christ-centered community that loves Jesus, loves people, and loves our community. We hope that you will come join us and be part of our church family.


Gathering Times


Sunday Service:  10:00 am

Sunday School: 8:30 am

Our Team

Riley Richardson
Senior Pastor
Jamie Broxson
Choir Director
Isaac Richardson
Youth Director 
Carrie Disouryavong
MMO Coordinator
    Nursery Director
Patsy Dean
Cheryl Johnson
Office Secretary
Connie Boyd
Financial Secretary
Janet Boston
Education Director


The mission of the United Methodist Church and Myrtle Grove UMC is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Therefore MGUMC exists to entice people to come, encourage them to belong, engage them in worship, enable them to grow, and equip them for ministry.


A Few of our favorite things:

  • proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and showing its relevance to everyday life
  • celebrating the diversity of a congregation where all the people do not look alike or worship alike
  • enjoying the love, the laughter, and the learning we share in the “household of faith”
  • serving the needs of hurting people in the community and the world
  • working with others to improve life in the community of Myrtle Grove


“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” – Matthew 16:18


We believe in one God, who exists from eternity as Trinity, three in one.

We Believe In God the Father, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son and our Lord.

We believe in the Holy

Spirit, God with us, proceeding from the Father and the son, who empowers us for ministry, gives us spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ, and who leads us into lives of love and holiness.

We believe in the Bible, that it is the inspired Word of God, and that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

We believe in the resurrection, that after suffering on the cross for our sins, Jesus rose three days later in victory as the firstborn from the dead, and indeed, one day we all shall rise in His power.

We believe in the church, the community of believers in the world over that exists to be God’s holy people who serve as a light in the darkness and showcase the goodness of shown in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We believe in salvation, that any who would call on the name of the Lord would be saved. That salvation is not just a future hope, but a present reality that we are called to live as we seek the Lord and grow in holiness.

We believe in grace, that God draws us from our very first breath, that he loves all desperately and desires that none be lost. That because of grace we drawn to God, made right with God, and drawn into the destiny God has for our lives.



Myrtle Grove UMC is a vital Christ-centered community that has existed in the Myrtle Grove neighborhood of Pensacola since 1943. In those 78 years we’ve seen God’s faithfulness in so many ways as he has changed lives and grown our church family within the heart of the Myrtle Grove Neighborhood.

Some facts about MGUMC early history: In 1886 James Wilson Williams and his wife deeded an acre of land to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The actual church building was built in 1877 prior to 1886. At that time, 1877, Myrtle Grove School was located nearby. The cemetery, as was the custom was started near the church. Both the church and the school were at the center of the community. The church was built on the southwest corner of what is now known as Lillian Highway and Fifty-seventh Avenue. The first Methodist church building in Myrtle Grove consisted of a small sanctuary with a steeple and a bell. It was constructed of a grey clapboard siding. The pulpit, encircled with an altar rail, was located at the south end of the building. A pump organ was on the west side of the rail. Two pews were nearby for the choir. A Mr. Shiver played the organ for many years. In either 1932 or 1933 the church was torn down. The parts of the structure that were usable were given to a church in Bellview. Why was the church abandoned and destroyed? Some people say it was to make more room for the cemetery. Others say the reason was that the church members had already left and no one was using the building. Long before the early thirties, many of its members had transferred their membership to Richards Memorial Methodist Church. There was no Methodist Church in Myrtle Grove for at least eleven or twelve years before the present Methodist Church was begun. The present Myrtle Grove United Methodist church began in November of 1943 on the Saturday after Thanksgiving when a meeting was held in Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Sherrer’s living room. The purpose of the meeting was to organize a Methodist Church in Myrtle Grove.