2014 Meeting Programs
March 6th Program Details
Featured Speaker: Bill Johnston
"Oxford United Methodist Church History"
Bill Johnston will be the featured speaker at the Granville County Genealogical Society's monthly meeting on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the large conference room of the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. Johnston's presentation will chronicle the two hundred year history of the Oxford United Methodist Church.
An Iowa native, Bill Johnston spent his childhood in the Ozark Mountains and foothills. His teen and college years were spent in Nebraska. He attended graduate school in New Jersey and then joined the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. He first served on Long Island and then in the Catskill Mountains before making a career change to public education. He then taught social studies in Washingtonville, New York for thirty-three years.
After retiring, Johnston moved south to Oxford. His background as a minister and a teacher led to work as a supply pastor at various area churches. Because of his history background, he was asked to be Oxford United Methodist Church's historian. He served in this post until 2012, concluding with a series of articles on the church's history and a presentation at the church's bicentennial celebration.
Since 2012, Johnston has served as the pastor of Zoar Chapel in Bullock. He also served as pastor at Hargrove Chapel and St. Peter's during the first half of 2013.
Johnston currently lives in Fuquay-Varina. He still conducts historical research and occasionally plays with his metal detector.
Please join the members of the Granville County Genealogical Society at 6:30 P.M. on March 6, 2014
in the large conference room at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. Visitors are always welcome and are encouraged to join in this presentation.
All GCGS meetings are open to the public and guests are cordially invited to attend.