The Light Pierces the Darkness

Lisa G. Putman

Joined November 2007

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Jesus is the Light of the World.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12.

The Cades Cove Methodist Church was constructed in 1902. Methodists were active in the cove as early as the 1820s, and built their first meeting house in 1840. The church was rebuilt in 1920, this is the one that remains in the cove today. The light pouring into the window provides a view of the cemetery from a church pew.

There are not many records of the early Methodist Church. The Cades Cove Methodist Church is included among those of the Holston Conference’s Little River Circuit in 1830. The present church building was built by Rev. John E. McCampbell in 115 days for $115. It had two doors and a physical divider to separate males and females. The cemetery contains at least 100 graves and is the second oldest church cemetery in the Cove. Methodists were not as dominant as Baptists in the Cove, but they served the community well.

The Civil War and Reconstruction divided the members and dissidents formed the Hopewell Methodist Church on the opposite side of the Cove, which no longer stands.

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