By Hugo Alexander Morán Chávez| June 25, 2017
There are many churches in Athens, GA, that most visitors miss when they are in Athens. This article will focus only on the architectural beauty and some historical facts of nine churches that have been chosen by our team to be some of the most beautifully built. Let’s keep in mind that the primary purpose of churches is to worship and give thanks to God. Most of the times, visitors just come to the University of Georgia and do not spend enough time to appreciate other sites of Athens, the classic city. It is our intent to take you on a journey to explore the churches and to understand the time and resources that were spent to make them iconic.
Let’s start with three of the churches located in Downtown Athens, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, and Athens First United Methodist Church.
First Baptist Church located at 355 Pulaski St was first established in 1830, but it was known as the Presbyterian Church. Years later, in 1944, it changed its name to First Baptist Church. This church had as its first pastor a native of Ireland, Reverend James Shannon, who at the same time was serving as a professor at the University of Georgia. For more information on the history, please visit it or check out their website at http://firstbaptistathens.org/about-fbc/
The first Christian church is also located in Downtown Athens at 268 W. Dougherty St. This Church was established in 1876.
Athens First United Methodist Church is located at 327 N Lumpkin St. This church is at the heart of Downton Athens, and it provides to the visitors a majestic view not only to worship God but to enjoy the classic city.
Now let’s look at other churches that are not in Downtown Athens but that are beautiful and majestic to the view.
This beautiful church is located at 1690 S Milledge Ave, and it provides to the visitors the opportunity not only to worship God but also to appreciate its architectural structure. This church was established in 1958 out of the lack of Baptist churches in the Five Points area.
This beautiful church of St James United Methodist Church is located at 111 West Lake Dr and it its infrastructure is impeccable we suggest going during sunset, it will provide an unforgettable moment.
Beech Haven Baptist Church is located on the West side of Athens at 2390 W Broad St. Its white color and its 8 Corinthian columns make this church just breathtaking.
The Catholic Center at the University of Georgia is located at 1344 S Lumpkin St, and it provides the UGA Catholic students a center for worship and peace. This beautiful infrastructure is located just 5 minutes from the Georgia Center, and it provides to UGA Catholic students a perfect place to practice the gospel of Jesus Christ. Its history started in 1952.
The Campus View Church located at 1360 S Lumpkin St is also just minutes from the University of Georgia campus. Four decades ago, Christians of the Athens community, started this church with the purpose to be as close as possible to the University of Georgia so students could have a place to worship.
Green Acres Baptist Church is located on the East side of Athens at 2085 Barnett Shoals Rd. This church is 15 minutes from the University of Georgia campus, but it provides a place for worship to students living on the East side of campus.
In sum, several churches in Athens are just impressive and iconic. If you are visiting the Classic City, do not forget to visit and admire these churches. They are part of our city, and they provide places of worship and peace and relaxation among the fast-paced city.
First Baptist Church. http://firstbaptistathens.org/
First Christian Church. http://www.fccathens.org/about-us
Athens First United Methodist Church. http://athensfirstumc.org/
Milledge Avenue Baptist Church. http://www.milledge.org/history
St James United Methodist Church. http://www.sjumc.org/
Beech Haven Baptist Church. http://www.beechhaven.org/
The Catholic Center at the University of Georgia. http://ccatuga.org/
Campus View Church of Christ. http://www.campusviewchurch.org/about-us/history-of-campus-view.html
Green Acres Baptist Church. http://greenacreschurch.com/index.html