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Keithville United Methodist Church
 11145 Old Mansfield Rd.
2003 Membership
Date Founded

     In 1840, the Friendship Methodist Church was organized.  Mark McCutcheon donated land on the south side of Colquitt Road about four miles west of Mansfield Road and a log structure was built by Mr. McCutcheon and J.D. Henderson. 
     After R.L. Gilmer gave the church three acres of land in 1873, a new church was built on the property.  That site about three miles south of Keithville and is adjacent to the present Fairview Methodist Church.  As the congregation grew, a larger church was built in 1895. 
     As the population of the area shifted, the membership voted to change the location in July 1903.  Four new churches were formed.  One of these was Keithville.  The old church was torn down, and all that remains in the area is the cemetery. 
     When Rev. J.M. Alford arrived in Keithville, he discovered about the split and found members meeting at the Keithville schoolhouse.  Perry Polk Keith, for whom the town was named, was instrumental in changing the location of the church and donated land for the church.  The church was constructed in 1904 by Tom Hudnall.  The first service was held on October 4, 1904.  The dedication took place in December 1905.  It had a brass bell in its tall steeple.  The bell, which was originally on a locomotive, came from the Teer family plantation in Coushatta. 
     Though the exterior looks much the same, there have been improvements inside the building over the years.  The ceiling was lowered.  The altar was moved forward.  Two side aisles were converted to one center aisle. 
     In 1955-56, an addition was added to the rear (north) side of the building.  The space was used as classrooms and recreation space.  On November 20, 1983, the building was rededicated and named Pledger Hall after member Dr. W.F. Pledger.   In 1959, Stonewall and Keithville joined efforts to build a parsonage, located by the Stonewall church.  In 1966, a plaque was presented to the church honoring it as the “oldest continuing congregation in the Shreveport District.” 
How to Get There:
    Head south on Hwy 171 (Mansfield Rd.) out of Shreveport to Keithville.  When you see the Keithville Elementary/Middle School on the left, turn right onto old Hwy 171 (Old Mansfield Rd).  After 0.6 mile, the church is on the left.
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