Welcome to Handsboro United Methodist Church
WELCOME to the Handsboro United Methodist Church website! We count it a joy and honor that you are visiting our page today! We are a church where you will find warmth that truly reflects God’s love. We are experiencing some exciting times in ministry and we would like to invite you to share with us as we continue to grow in grace.
You are invited to come and join us as we have something for everyone! We have Sunday School at 10 AM, Sunday worship at 11 AM, a women’s group, a men’s group, youth & children activities, a craft circle, a weekly Bible Study and a Food Pantry.
So, if you are looking for a church where you can be part of a family, grow in your faith, connect through small groups and worship in a traditional style…look no further! You have found the church you are seeking. If you have any questions about our church, please contact us.
Again, thank you for visiting our website today!
About the Pastor
The Reverend Doctor John M. McCay, III has served the Handsboro United Methodist Church since 2008. He is an ordained Elder in the Mississippi Conference, where he has served on several boards, currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board of Pensions. Dr. McCay began in the ministry in 1994 serving the Bond United Methodist Church while attending college. He has also served the Winborn Chapel United Methodist Church in Greene County, Shipman United Methodist Church in George County, Gateway United Methodist Church in Gulfport and Trinity United Methodist Church in Picayune.
Dr. McCay has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Mississippi Air National Guard, where he is the Wing Chaplain for the 186th Air Refueling Wing in Meridian, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Our pastor is married to Miss Susan Brammer McCay, who is a schoolteacher and works with our Children and Youth Ministries. They are the proud parents to John Brammer McCay.
What We Believe
History of the Handsboro United Methodist Church
The Handsboro United Methodist Church started in 1854 in the Handsboro community which was once the busiest center of the Gulf Coast. For this reason, Handsboro was the most logical place to establish the very first Methodist church between Biloxi and Bay St. Louis. The first building was built in 1854 and burned down in 1866. The congregation courageously built a new church on Pass Road in 1869. As a new subdivision was being developed, church leaders decided to purchase the property where the church is currently located. In 1963, an Educational Building was built and in 1981 the sanctuary was built. Over these treasured decades, Handsboro United Methodist Church has stood the test of time and its inspired congregation continues to be in service locally and globally.