Leeds United Methodist Church is one of the oldest religious societies in Cecil County. It began, in 1804 John
Wilson came from Leeds, England, settled here an named this area after his homeland.
In 1812, with the help of people in the neighborhood, he built a stone church building located on Leeds Road
and served as the minister until his death in 1830. His son Rev. John G. Wilson, took over as Leeds Pastor.
In 1816 John's daughter, Sara, organized a Sunday School at the church. This was
the first Sunday School outside the city of Baltimore. In 1885 the cornerstone of the present sanctuary was laid on Thanksgiving
Day and was dedicated in 1889. In 1996 the old parsonage was razed to provide more space for parking and future needs and
in 2000 the sanctuary was again renovated as part of a three-phase building and expansion plan.