Nolensville First UMC was originally founded as Mount Olivet Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1837, with a charter membership of 37. It was approximately one and a half miles south of Nolensville on Williams Road, and the first building was made from clay dug nearby and the seats were split logs. On weekdays, this building served as a school for village children.

In 1858, the congregation moved to a building that could seat 300 about a quarter mile south of Nolensville, on Nolensville Pike. This building was used by both Confederate and Union troops during the Civil War and was extensively damaged.


However, it wasn’t until 1893 that building began on our historic church in its present location. Our current Sanctuary was built in 1894, and the bell, which is still functional and rings every Sunday to invite our community to worship, was added in 1901. The basement was added in the early 1930s, and additional classroom space was built in the 1950s and 1970s. The original windows were leaded clear glass, but the beautiful stained glass windows you see from the inside and the outside at night driving by were donated in memory of loved ones in the 1950s.

in 2000 an entirely new building was added to our campus. New offices, an Education Wing ( also housing Jacob's Ladder Preschool), a large Fellowship Hall below, and the Breezeway Bridge connector were added.