Leeds United Methodist Church is one of the oldest religious societies in
Cecil County. It began in 1804 when John Wilson came from Leeds, England. He settled here and 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, succeeded him as Leeds' next pastor.
Important dates in Leeds'
1816 - John's daughter, Sara, organized a Sunday School at the church. This was the
first Sunday School outside the city of Baltimore.
1885 - The cornerstone of the present sanctuary was laid on Thanksgiving Day.
1889 - The present sanctuary was dedicated.
1996 - The old parsonage was razed to provide more space for parking
and future needs.
2000 - The sanctuary was
again renovated as part of a three-phase expansion plan.