D. D. Etchieson Memorial United Methodist Church
416 W Seneca
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Pastor: Rev. David Cook
Sunday School: 10:00 am
Worship: 11:00 am
Bible Study: Wednesday, 6:30
Cherokee Speaking Sunday School classes
1st Thursday each month: Indian Taco 11 - 1p.m.
In 1844, the first Methodist conference was organized at Riley's Chapel Indian Mission, in what is now Tahlequah, Oklahoma. During the Civil War, the Northern Cherokees fought for the Union. When the Methodist Church divided, Northeastern Oklahoma became a part of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Indian work was assimilated into the white church.
It wasn't until 1947 that work was once again re-opened by the Methodist Church among the Cherokees. The church originated at Tahlequah is the successor to Riley's Chapel Indian Church and on March 5, 1961, a new church building and parsonage building was dedicated. The church was named officially, "The D.D. Etchieson Memorial Methodist Indian Church", in honor of the General Superintendent of the Indian Mission, who is completing his twenty-fifth year as District Superintendent and General Superintendent.
A church that now is serving the Cherokee tribe in Tahlequah, the capitol of the Cherokee Tribe. The prospects are unlimited and the members are made up of older members who ar dedicated to the church. its' surrounding area includes a Government School "Sequoyah Indian School", about 5 miles away and also Lake Tenkiller is nearby. One of the outstanding leaders is Bill Glory, a member of Conference lay activities work.