Our Story



 On Midsummer’s Day in August, 1887, Rev. Andrew Osgood Hiscock, who had been newly appointed to the Carrabelle-Wakulla Circuit, saddled his horse to take the gospel to a “rough’n’ready” frontier town called Carrabelle.  Carrabelle had the reputation, much like Biblical Corinth before it, of being a seaport town where any and all vices could be found.  However, Drew, as his friends called him, being a muscular frontier preacher in the style of Peter Cartwright, came as the song says, “…With a rifle on his saddle and a Bible in his hand;…”

 He rode into town and set up a tent.  He was a bold fellow, having celebrated his 26th birthday earlier in the year. Of course, the towns- people were not to happy about a pastor coming to spoil their fun.  One or two even tried their hand at “whuppin’ “him, but he held his ground and they left knowing he had made contact with them.

He preached every night by the light of lantern and torches. At first it was to an empty tent.  But then, The Holy Spirit began to move.  They came by ones and twos and God, through prevenient grace, began to touch lives and bring them into wholeness until Drew had built up a congregation of 32 that became the founding members of Carrabelle United Methodist on August 30th, 1887.  He received two more on November 11th of that year. 

 The church continued to meet in the tent, homes, or various buildings they were able to borrow, until March 19th, 1890, when Captain and Mrs. James R. Pickett deeded the church two lots.  They proceeded to build the first church building in Carrabelle and all 84 members joined in to help.  This was a good time for them to do so as they were separated from the Wakulla circuit by action of the annual conference in January, 1889. They would not rejoin this circuit until December, 1898, when the annual conference rejoined Carrabelle to the Crawfordville circuit. More of our past history to come…

What To Expect


    Worship services are casual at Carrabelle United Methodist Church. Here on the “Forgotten Coast” many people wear jeans while others dress "business casual." We encourage you to arrive a few minutes before the service starts so you can meet people and enjoy fellowship. Our services start with the ringing of the church bell and the lighting of the altar candles.  We sing traditional hymns and some songs you might recognize if you listen to Christian radio.  Pastor Brian preaches a Bible-based message with practical application to help you live out your faith during the week.  We usually celebrate communion on the first Sunday of the month and some special services. All who love Jesus, earnestly seek to repent of their sin and to live in peace

with one another are welcome at the Lord's table.  Services are usually about an hour, and you’re welcome to hang out and talk with people afterwards

Though we completed renovations of our classroom wing to provide children's ministry, this is still a work in progress and we don’t yet have a team of trained volunteers to provide that ministry. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know! We look forward to providing a fun, up-beat service that includes music, games and a Bible lesson taught at their level.  In the meantime, we encourage children of all ages to join their parents in the service and we have activity packs to help engage younger children.

Our Leadership Staff


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Pastor J. Brian Dow

Our Beliefs



We believe the Bible, consisting of 66 books, to be the inspired Word of God, without error, the revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.


We believe in one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has always been and will always be the only God. There were none before Him and shall be none after him.


We believe that the Father created all things in heaven and on earth. He created human beings out of a love for us and desires a personal relationship with each of us.


We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Furthermore, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven.


We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict men, making them aware of their sin and the salvation available through Jesus. He regenerates, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer for godly living and service.


We believe that man was created in the image of God and sinless, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and subject to judgment. There is nothing man can do to save himself from this judgment, but he can accept the death of Jesus as punishment in place of his own eternal death by acknowledging God and accepting the free gift of salvation.


We believe that the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ provides the only way of justification and salvation for all who believe. Any who attach additional works of man as a requirement for salvation are false in that they infer Jesus’ death is insufficient in and of itself to save and that human beings somehow have the capability to save themselves.


We believe that no sin is too big for God to forgive. Therefore, as Christians we should be open and eager to share the Gospel with everyone regardless of their sin or affliction. However, making Jesus Lord of our lives means striving towards holiness and turning from our sinful ways. Therefore, while being open to all sinners, Christians ought not accept, ignore, or promote any sin as permissible.


We believe the above tenets make up the basis of Christian faith on which all Christians believe and agree. We have intentionally omitted any statements regarding areas of legitimate disagreement (i.e., baptism, predestination, end times) on which agreement is not essential for salvation.

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