Christ United Methodist Church was planned by the South Georgia Annual Conference. Five acres of land was purchased by the conference in 1969. In November of 1971, the Reverend Charles C. "Buddy" Conway, Jr. was appointed as Associate Pastor to Trinity UMC for the purpose of preparing the ground work to begin a new United Methodist Church in Warner Robins.
In 1972, Hawkinsville UMC, donated a mobile trailer and furniture to be used as a temporary sanctuary. The seating capacity of the temporary sanctuary was 80 persons. A modular building was also provided by the conference that provided space for classrooms, restrooms, and pastor's office. The first service of the "new" church was April 30, 1972. Dr. G. Ross Freeman, Macon District Superintendent, was in charge of the organizational service. Rev. Conway lead the worship service and preached the sermon. The Constitutery Service was held on May 21, 1972 with Dr. Freeman conducting the service, which was attended by pastors of the three local United Methodist Churches, representatives from Macon District, and representatives of the South Georgia Annual Conference. There were 112 persons attending with 90 joining as charter members. The charter members chose the name "Christ United Methodist Church."
Upon the establishment of Christ UMC, Rev. Conway observed that we did not have any African-Americans in our congregation. The church membership had made a pledge to be an open church as prescribed in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. Although such an inclusive attitude was not popular with the society and many churches, Rev. Conway and the membership of Christ UMC spared no effort to fulfill the role the church had chosen - to welcome any and all persons to an open church. An Open and Inclusive Church became the defining understanding throughout the community. Today Christ UMC continues to be open to all people and is inclusive of persons of various races and ethnic groups. Inclusivity and diversity have greatly strengthened the fabric of our congregation. Being in Warner Robins, home of Robins Air Force Base, we have many military members who have served in every part of the world. Some choose to join Christ UMC while stationed at the base. They share their gifts, service, plans, and idea while they are here enriching this congregation. Christ UMC is most fortunate to have such a resource.
THE MISSION OF CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IS TO GROW ALL IN KNOWING, LOVING, AND SERVING JESUS CHRIST.