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History of Tawas Methodist Church

In 1967,  a study committee was appointed to investigate the possibility of the merger of the Tawas City and the East Tawas Methodist Churches ("West Parish" and "East Parish").

On May 5, 1968, the two churches voted and officially became the Tawas United Methodist Church.  The two congregations continued to meet in both church buildings after the merger. One service at 10 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. with combined choirs going from one building to the other.

In 1969, three acres of land at the corner of 5th Ave. and M-55 were purchased.  After a great deal of study, a ballot was brought before the Church Conference stating “That the Tawas United Methodist Church start immediately on the necessary procedures for the development of plans for the construction of a new building to house the Tawas United Methodist Church”  The Vote passed!!

In 1974 the ground breaking service was held for the new building.  A few  months later the congregation was invited to participate in the laying of the cornerstone.  Included in that cornerstone are the brass memorial plaques from the pews that are currently in the sanctuary.  Those pews came from both churches as they were of the same style. The stained glass  windows are from the East Tawas building having been re-configured at the top to fit the new design. The lighted picture of Christ is also from the East Tawas building.

Many memorials were given to the church which benefited the building fund and helped furnish the new church.
In 1962, the East Tawas Methodist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary and the Tawas City Methodist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1968.

The East Tawas building is now the home of the Tawas Bay Players and the Tawas City building is the home of the Seventh Day Adventists.

Welcome to Tawas  Methodist Church.  We are very glad you’re visiting our website.  Please take time to explore the site to learn more about us.  Contact the pastor with any questions you have at We’re developing this site as an interactive hub to serve the spiritual and personal growth needs of our community.  God’s life-changing message of good news continues to dramatically transform people everywhere.  Our mission is to “connect people to God and one another through Jesus Christ” in this community.    We believe the church is part of this community in order to help people know God and make God known.  I’m Pastor Kris Kappler.  It’s my joy to minister among the people of the Tawases, Iosco County and Arenac counties.

We hope you will reach out to us and let us know your spiritual needs as well as share your time and talents with us by participating in current ministries and activities.

Pastor Kris Kappler



East Tawas Methodist Church ("East Parish")

401 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan

Tawas City Methodist Church (“West Parish”)

327 Whittemore Street, Tawas City, Michigan


Meet The Team



 Kris Kappler

Phone: 989-362-4288



Office Manager:

Laura Loeffler

Phone: 989-362-4288



Superintendent of Christian Education: 

Nancy Shellenbarger

Phone: 989-362-4288


 Judy Hills

Phone: 989-984-4154

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