The Terry Wesleyan Church officially closed its doors March 1. Built in 1957, the original 28-by-40 foot building located at the corner of Garfield Avenue and Prairie Street, was later remodeled to its current 40-by-100 foot structure. The Wesleyan-Methodist Church once served as many as 80 members, according to former member Ken Lacquement who gathered those numbers from church records. The high attendance occurred during the tutelage of Reverends Rudy Hauck, Harvey Bybee and Charlie Groth-Olson who each served as pastors of the church during the 1970s and 80s. Membership numbers had dropped to as low as 10 to 12 people in recent years. Miles City Wesleyan church Rev. Tom Gudmunson served as Terry’s pastor for the church for the past 5 years, traveling to Terry Sunday evenings to perform services.
The remaining congregation now meets at Stevenson and Sons Sunday morning at 11 a.m. with Lacquement, who has received his ordination from an independent association of pastors, offering the services.
“It just kind of breaks my heart every time I go by there,” Lacquement said of the church’s closure. “Of course I hate to see any church close.”
The Dakota District of the Wesleyan Church, based in Rapid City, S.D., made the announcement to close the church earlier this year. Ownership of the church building and the seven-bedroom and three-bathroom parsonage, located on MacDonald Ave., remains with the district.
Published March 19, 2014