About Us

Welcome Home

WELCOME!  Come experience the warm, faith community that we call home. We have opportunities to be together in prayer, service and fellowship every day. Visit us in person and enjoy the people and ministries that make us who we are.  We seek to help the people of Atlanta find their peace and their purpose within a Christian community.  Our vision is to be a place of inspiration for all people so they may realize their potential in serving others; and in doing so, become leaders and exemplify the principles of our Christian faith.

Here, all are welcome to join in the worship of God, the fellowship of this community, and the ministry of outreach. Regardless of your age, orientation, income, politics, color or creed, you are welcome in this place.  We believe that every person on every path can lead as well as serve, and in doing so find inclusion and fulfillment. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church is a church for all the people of Atlanta and we hope you will be a part.

Ministry in action

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48)

We are a conduit for God’s will and grace. It is our privilege to thrive in our ministries, and it is our honor to serve others.

Our impact reports are records of what we believe is God’s purpose for our church and people. We thank everyone who helped better our church, our community and our world this year. We hope to continue to create a culture of kindness, understanding and action at Peachtree Road.

Would you like to discuss your part in God’s plan? Contact Beth Spencer (beths@prumc.org) to find ways to use you unique talents at Peachtree Road.

Where it all began

Peachtree Road was organized on April 28, 1925 in the home of Dr. and Mrs. M.T. Salter. We were founded as The Peachtree Road Methodist Church and The Reverend E.H. Wood was named our first pastor. At that first meeting, nineteen people entered their membership in Peachtree Road. In May 1925, the new church purchased a lot at the corner of Peachtree Road and Sardis Way. The first public service was held there on June 7, 1925, as was the first Sunday School meeting at Peachtree Road.

In 1941 the church sold our property at the corner of Peachtree Road and Sardis Way and purchased the property where the church stands at 3180 Peachtree Road. We built what was known as The Great Hall in 1942, and held public worship there until 1949. The Great Hall has been in use since then and is now known as the Hall of Apostles in the back of the church.

What we now call the Old Sanctuary was built in 1949, along with the Church School Building. The Old Sanctuary was opened on Palm Sunday, April 10, 1949 and hosted worship services until we moved into the New Sanctuary. The Church School building continues to host many of our Sunday School classes and is now called the Adult Education Building.

Peachtree Road developed a Master Plan in 1992 to guide the expansion of our campus. In 1996, the Evelyn Gordy-Rankin Children’s Building opened to house our nursery, children’s Sunday School classes and pre-school. At the same time, we built The Rollins Center, which houses church administrative and business offices, meeting rooms and the Youth Lounge.

By 1998, Sunday attendance in the Old Sanctuary had grown to the point where some worshipers were regularly seated in folding chairs in the Old Sanctuary and in overflow seating in the Chapel at major holiday services. In 1999, the congregation voted to build our New Sanctuary.

The Peachtree Road Archive Committee is dedicated to discovering and preserving the history of our church and congregation. If you have stories, documents or objects to share with the committee, or if you would like more information or be a part of the Archive Committee, please contact the Church Office at 404.266.2373.

Enjoy these available publications as we begin our online archive library:

BUSINESS & FINANCE

CHILDREN

COMMUNICATIONS

EVANGELISM

GLOBAL MISSIONS

LOCAL OUTREACH

MUSIC & ARTS

PASTORAL COUNSELING

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

SPORTS, RECREATION & LIFE ENRICHMENT

 

YOUTH

 

Bill's Weekly Messages

Holy Week Hope and Gratitude
    As I write these words, we are merely hours away from Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Normally, this is one of our favorite Sundays of the year here at Peachtree Road – the grand procession led by our favorite donkey “Jerusalem,” the children waving their palm branches [...]
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    Moving Through These Days
      As we continue to move through these days of the COVID 19 pandemic, I pray that you and your family are well and taking the necessary precautions to stay safe. Please know that your ministers are praying daily for you and want to hear from you if you have a [...]
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      A Space for Something New
        These are extraordinary times and I pray that you and your family are taking the necessary precautions to stay safe. I am keenly aware that many are experiencing a great deal of stress at this time – some of it has to do with the anxiety that comes with the [...]
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        Bill Britt has served as the senior pastor of Peachtree Road since June, 2008.  He is a native of Thomaston, Georgia, and a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida (Bachelor in Arts), Candler School of Theology of Emory University (Master of Divinity), and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio (Doctor of Ministry).

        His previous appointments include Ebenezer UMC in Forsyth (1981-1984), associate minister at Trinity-on-the-Hill UMC in Augusta (1984-1988), Trinity UMC in Cartersville (1988-1997), and the First UMC in Athens (1997-2008).

        Bill and his wife Wendie have two children, Sara and Will.  Sara is married to Diogo Pereira and they have two children, Lidia and Lucas.  Will is married to Gina Kim.  Bill enjoys playing golf, reading, and annual family vacations at the beach.