While a Methodist chapel pre-dated the establishment of Morehead City, it was razed during the Civil War. The first Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1884 to replace the chapel. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the congregation grew and required further infrastructure including a meeting room, kitchen, and classrooms. In 1960, the educational building was again expanded with the addition of a new wing. The congregation celebrated its 200th anniversary in January 1998 and continues to thrive in Morehead City.