Sharing the love of God with one another and
our community for more than two centuries
FOUNDED 1800 - INCORPORATED 1838
In 1800, a small Methodist society was formed in Angola, Delaware. The group met faithfully in the Angola Schoolhouse for nearly four decades, and became known as the Angola Methodist Church. On February 9th, 1838, a meeting was held for the purpose of formally organizing as a Methodist Episcopal Church. That same day, one of the new board of trustees' first official acts was to accept a deed for a plot of land on Robinsonville Road for the purpose of building a house of worship. The building was constructed largely due to the efforts of the pastor, the Reverend William Connelly, who was also a carpenter. The newly incorporated church was named in his honor: Connelly's Chapel MEC (Methodist Episcopal Church). Over the years, the name was shortened to Conley’s. In 1968 the Methodist Episcopal Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and the name was changed to Conley's Chapel UMC (United Methodist Church).
In the Summer of 2001, believing that God was leading us to expand our ministries to the community, we purchased 21 acres on John J. Williams Highway (Rt 24). Three years later, a new parsonage was constructed. And in 2009, we broke ground beginning the construction of our new facilities. On Saturday evening, November 20th, 2010, we consecrated our new worship center. Here, we continue to worship, study, and serve.
Conley's Chapel remains at the original location and is used for a variety of purposes throughout the year. Regular activities include prayer and devotions on Wednesday mornings and special services on holidays. Occasional services include small weddings and memorial services. The cemetery at the site dates back to the civil war era; the earliest tombstone is over the grave of Mrs. Hanna Lynch, who died April 3rd, 1862.
We are grateful for the legacy of faith that has been passed down to us from generation to generation. We are excited about what God is doing in and through our church today.
We look forward to what God will do in the future.
May all who come behind us find us faithful.