The History of The Ridge
The year was 1851. Millard Fillmore was President of the United States and Harriet Beecher Stowe was busy writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It was a hot and wet year in Jackson County; cholera was taking its toll. In this year in a roughhewn log schoolhouse by the side of the Old Santa Fe Trail some five miles south of Independence (about Old Highway 40 & Blue Ridge Boulevard) a small group of farmers established a new Methodist congregation. Thus was born Blue Ridge Church.
The history of The Ridge spans seven wars…Civil War, Spanish American War, World Wars I & II, the Korean and Vietnamese Wars and the Gulf War. Read more about the history of The Ridge including a time line from to 1851 to 2001, lots of local history, with photos and a chronological list of all serving pastors and their years of service.
The church which served the Blue Ridge and Raytown area for seventy-four years as Young’s Chapel, adopted a new name, Blue Ridge Boulevard Methodist, in 1933.
In 1991, a Building Study Committee gave approval for Sanctuary renovation and Narthex expansion. The goal was to enhance congregational involvement, and improve conditions for worship, special services and presentations.
Groundbreaking for construction with the theme “Opening Our Doors to the Future” was held July 11, 1999. A new west entry with expanded Narthex, new east entry with Beatitude Room and Sanctuary renovation were complete by May, 2001.
Blue Ridge continues to be engaged in vital ministry today on the same corner where God planted us in 1851.
Printed copies of this history are also available through the church office.