• Sunday School: 9:00am
  • Sunday Worship: 9:30am

What to expect when you visit…

Parking and Entrance

You will find parking along both Monroe Street and 7th Avenue North. We do not have a church parking lot. You may enter from either Monroe Street or 7th Avenue, using the double-doors on either side of the Southeast tower. There is a ramp in the front of the building on Monroe Street. Greeters are available inside the front door and can answer any questions you may have.


Our congregation wears anything from their casual blue jeans and shirts to three-piece suits. When you visit, please wear what makes you most comfortable when you worship.


We sing traditional hymns accompanied by organ and piano. Our choir sings occasionally, usually accompanied by guitar. We always welcome new voices and musical talents!


We observe Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. We believe that this is the Lord’s table and all are welcome to participate.


We have a staffed nursery for use during the service, though you are certainly welcome to keep your children with you during the service. Children are always welcome at Monroe Street!


Rev. Rosemary Brown

Rev. Rosemary Brown is in her 22nd year of ministry at Monroe Street United Methodist Church. She is a nationally recognized preacher, teacher, and story teller who effectively reaches all age groups. Each year she is sought to lead workshops, training sessions, revivals, spiritual renewals, and worship services across the nation. Rev. Brown is a gifted and progressive theologian. Click here to read some of her sermons.

We invite you to come and be blessed, inspired, moved and challenged by her teaching and preaching.

Rev. Sherry Harrison

Rev. Sherry Harrison formally became a member of the clergy in 2002, serving as a co-pastor at Monroe Street UMC since 2006. Rev. Harrison’s passion for the church is expressed by addressing the worship, study, and mission needs of the historic Germantown community.

Throughout her adult career, Rev. Harrison has played an active role in a variety of ministry activities, primarily focused in health care and child protective services. In addition to her co-pastor responsibilities, Rev. Harrison works full-time outside the church in the mental health field.

Rev. Harrison resides with her husband in the historic Germantown community, where she is also employed.

We invite you to come and be blessed, inspired, moved and challenged by her teaching and preaching.


Horacio Guendulain

Horacio Guendulain graduated Vanderbilt University majoring in piano performance and pre-medicine. He is the director of our choir and works in the music department at Belmont University.

Horacio began his piano studies at the age of ten under the guidance of Iris Daniel Engel Barnes. In his last year of high school, he began work with Dr. William Ransom of Emory University. Currently, Horacio enhances his piano knowledge under the instruction of Dr. Craig Nies.


A Brief History

Monroe Street United Methodist Church has a history in North Nashville dating back to the early 1860’s. The congregation was first called Sawrie’s Chapel, named for its founding minister, Dr. W.D.F. Sawrie. Dr. Sawrie refused to give up his pulpit without a fight during the Union Army occupation of Nashville, and he was made a
civilian prisoner of war.In 1869 the congregation built a church on 6th Avenue North, known as North High Church, which is still standing. The building cost a mere $8,000 at that time. In 1906, a new church, Monroe Street Methodist Church, was dedicated at 700 Monroe Street, which is the home of the Monroe Street United Methodist Church today.The Akron Plan, on which the Gothic church was built, was a popular type of religious building at the time. The main feature of the Akron Plan is a large open space, the “rotunda,” surrounded by smaller classrooms on one or two levels. The Akron Plan also featured an interior that was wider than it was long, with pews that swept in a half-circle around a raised platform positioned against the long wall. Rather than providing a central aisle, the interior plan divided the assembly into thirds, two aisles partitioning the pews into three more or less equal pie-slices.Many of these Akron Plan features can be seen today at the Monroe Street United Methodist Church. The sanctuary of the Church was originally a half-circle designed with a movable wall that could divide the sanctuary when needed. This wall fell in the 1930s and was replaced with the permanent wall you see now on the North side of the sanctuary. The divided “room” on the other side of this wall contains one of the primary features of the Akron plan: Sunday school rooms on two levels overlooking the sanctuary.

Originally, the church had striking spires atop each of its front entrance East and West towers. However, by the 1950s, these spires suffered from much wear and deterioration and had to be removed. Many in the congregation and the community hope that one day the spires can be replaced to help return the building to its former glory.

The Gothic building is also known for its outstanding stained art glass windows. By the late 1960s, the windows suffered from age and neglect. However, around 1970, with the help of an active Restoration Committee, they were restored to the magnificent displays you see today. They are truly an awe-inspiring feature of the church.

In 1979, church members suggested an Oktoberfest celebration to the Metropolitan Historical Commission. They joined hands with their neighbors, the Church of the Assumption, in this effort to help raise funds to preserve these treasured buildings and to help with community outreach programs. As a result of the leadership of the Methodists, Catholics and the Historic Germantown Neighborhood Association, Oktoberfest has become part of Nashville’s official celebrations every second Saturday in October.

It was also in 1979 when Monroe Street United Methodist Church was listed on the National Register in Washington D.C. as a historic landmark of the Germantown area in Nashville. In 1980, the church received recognition with an award for its restoration efforts by the Metropolitan Historical Commission.

By the year 1999, Monroe Street United Methodist Church was faced with serious structural problems due to damage from a tornado, storms and termites. The church was forced to close its doors and worship in a house provided by one of its members. The congregation worked hard and the church was able to obtain gifts, memorials and a loan for the needed restoration work, and moved back into the building in October of 2000.

Today, Monroe Street United Methodist Church is an active and vital member of the Nashville Germantown community. The congregation continues its efforts to restore this magnificent century-old structure. Most recently, the congregation was able to make much needed repairs to the ceiling and the east interior wall of the building. Its members, friends and many visitors now worship in a beautiful sanctuary, proving that faith and hard work pay great dividends.

Thanks to John Lawrence Connelly (1928-2011), former Davidson County Historian and member of Monroe Street United Methodist Church, for providing much of this historical information. John was a life-long member of Monroe Street United Methodist Church.