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.