Our History

Warren boasts being the second-oldest African-American United Methodist Church in the city of Dallas. Our church was founded in the Queen City neighborhood of South Dallas during the summer of 1916, originally named Warren Chapel Methodist Church in honor of Bishop H. W. Warren of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

After many years of struggle, prayer, sacrifice and the efforts of many, this church became one of the most outstanding protestant churches in the South Dallas community. On July 24, 1955, during the administration of Rev. C. D. Owens, Warren opened its doors at what is now the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X Boulevards.

In 1968, the church undertook a massive remodeling project. During this time, Warren served as a planning site and rally center for the Freedom Riders as they orchestrated sit-ins throughout the city. It was also a meeting site for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); the organization’s Hunger Campaign was launched from the church’s basement. Warren also housed an extension campus for the now-defunct Bishop College.

In August 2001, our church building was destroyed by a tragic fire and the congregation briefly met at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center before relocating to share a facility with Oak Cliff United Methodist Church. For four years, Oak Cliff and Warren united in worship until Warren’s vision to erect a newly constructed church building back in South Dallas was realized, in September 2005.

Most recently, Warren has entered an official partnership with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to help recalibrate the efforts of its Zip Code Connection initiative in 75215 and 75210. We continue to work closely with other organizations to make sure that we, “Keep South Dallas Sunny” as the light of Christ shines in and through our community.