Our History

Skidaway Island United Methodist Church is part of a church with a long history that spans the globe.

The United Methodist Church grew out of the 18th-century Anglican Church, with the ministry of John and Charles Wesley, who served on Georgia’s coast in the 1730s and preached on Skidaway Island in 1736. Two hundred and fifty years later, in 1983, Skidaway Island United Methodist Church started weekly services expanding from a condominium to our current sanctuary.

The photograph to the right shows our church’s historical marker, which was dedicated in a special worship service on May 29, 2016. The plaque honors Skidaway Island’s unique role in the development of Methodism in America.

Groundbreaking for Sanctuary

Construction of Bailey Hall

Timeline of Events

1979     Our current 7.9 acres of land was purchased on Skidaway Island.


1983     An organizational meeting with those interested in forming a

               new church was held with Dr. Ralph Bailey, who was to be the

               first pastor of the church.


1984     In February, 35 charter members joined the newly established     

               congregation and in November, the first worship service was

               held in a modular chapel.


1987     Ground was broken for the construction of a new 140 seat chapel.


1988     Rev. Jim Giddens was appointed to be the first full time pastor.


1993     Construction was completed on the current Fellowship Hall

               and the Memorial Garden.


1995     Sunday attendance outgrew the Chapel so Bailey Hall was

               renovated to allow for worship.


1999     Membership reached 750 and ground was broken for the

               current Sanctuary and Education building.

2007     Membership continued to increase, a prayer labyrinth was

               constructed and a church in India, “Skidaway East,” was developed.


2009     A fire damaged Bailey Hall and the Education wing.

2018     SIUMC's 35th year. Rev. Jim Giddens celebrated 30 years of ministry at

              SIUMC and his retirement. Rev. Hale Bishop joined SIUMC as

              Senior Pastor.