The present congregation of Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church had its start in 1888 when members of the Walnut Street Methodist Episcopal Church South joined members of the Chestnut Street Church to form the church as it is now. First buying a lot at the corner of Third and St. Catherine, they soon sold it and purchased the lot at Fourth and St. Catherine Street for $10,000. Upon this site was built a $40,000 church building that is now the social parlor area of the present church. One hundred and eleven charter members were present at the opening service on December 16, 1888, with Dr. J. H. Young as pastor.

Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church
By January, 1902, under the pastorate of Dr. H. D. Moore, the congregation had grown to 472 members and the present sanctuary was built. The sanctuary is on the National Register of Historic Places and is still known throughout Methodism as one of its most beautiful places of worship. The Sunday School Annex was built in 1922, and the entire church complex was renovated following Louisville’s 1937 flood. The present Sallie Smyser Chapel dates from 1957.

Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church considers itself called to be a metropolitan, intercultural, diverse, Christian community of grace and faith as it continues on its mission to share the love of God in the heart of the city!

  • Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church
    318 W. St. Catherine St.
    Louisville, KY 40203
    Phone: (502)-585-2176
    Fax: (502)-585-2179
  • Worship Times

    8:45 Chapel Service This is an intimate and informal service that takes place every Sunday morning and is about 45 minutes in length.

    9:30 am Community Service This is a creative traditional service of worship that takes place in our gorgeous sanctuary.

    10:45 am Sunday School Classes are available
  • Our Vision

    To create a community that develops disciples of God in the way of Jesus Christ in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Fourth Avenue will foster love, acceptance, and personal growth where every person knows they belong and are valued.