Meet First Street Peck and Wesley United Methodist Church

Our oldest partner: Church Services. All are welcome: Worship Service every Sunday at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary. Bible Study every Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the Violet Jackson Room.
Its full name, “First Street Peck and Wesley United Methodist Church”, deserves some explaining. It used to be just “First Street United Methodist,” but, after Hurricane Katrina, three different neighborhood churches were missing so many members of their respective congregations that they combined into one and re-named it to stand for them all. That wasn’t the first name change for this old building, either. The sanctuary that stands today was built in 1894, so, since the United Methodist Church wasn’t founded until 1968, it must have been called something else. In fact, there has been a congregation continuously meeting on this site since sometime around 1830. At that time, First Street wasn’t named First Street and this area wasn’t called Central City. It wasn’t even part of New Orleans, but the city of Lafayette and it was in Jefferson Parish, not Orleans. In 1852, New Orleans annexed everything up to Toledano Street and the city of Lafayette ceased to exist (there is another Lafayette, Louisiana today, just to add to the confusion). So First Street Peck and Wesley United Methodist Church now sits at First Street and Dryades in Central City, New Orleans, but the congregation proudly traces its roots back over 180 years as a continuous presence in this neighborhood. In 2005, in the aftermath of Katrina, it opened its doors to volunteers, served as the only relief center for Central City, and became the birthplace of United Saints Recovery Project. Today, in what some are just now tentatively calling “the post-Katrina era” it is led by Rev. Ronald James Southall, a New Orleans native and second generation pastor. It is still our home and has been host to over 10,000 volunteers. It has a special place in our hearts as our oldest and most constant partner.

United Saints Recovery Project

2309 Dryades Street

New Orleans, LA



United Saints Recovery Project is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity


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