A Brief History of Ijamsville United Methodist Church
The village of Ijamsville, MD was named for Plummer Ijams, Jr., in 1832, the son of Ijamsville's first settler's Plummer, Sr. and Jemima Ijams who came to Frederick County in 1785. Plummer, Jr. was the first Postmaster of Ijamsville (1832) and a member of the Maryland Legislature in 1839.
The Ijamsville Methodist Church was built in 1854. The bricks were made on the "Brick House Farm" of Charles Hendry. The church was opened for services on Sunday October 15, 1854. On September 26, 1857, Ijamsville Methodist Episcopal Church reported to the Third Quarterly Conference that the Sunday School had fifty children and a suitable number of teachers, and also possessed a library worth twenty dollars. The deed to the land on which the church was built was made four years later on March 24, 1858. Five dollars was the purchase price of the land. The church was dedicated July 25, 1858 with sermons by the Reverend Thomas B. Sergeant and the Reverend T.M. Reese.
Message from Pastor Rod Fry
I grew up in Damascus. Received my degree in education from Towson University and graduate work from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) I retired in June from 40 years of teaching of which the past 30 years was at Walter Johnson High School. There I served as the head varsity football coach for 5 years before taking on the position of department head for the health and physical education department.
My wife is named Jeannie and we have 5 kids between us. Wes, Raymond, Shannon, Jessica, and Brian. We also have 6 grandchildren: Logan 11, Brooke 8, Calvin 6, Liam 8 months and twins Dale and Harper born just a few days ago on July 2.
I became a Certified Lay Minister in 2016 and have filled the pulpit over 30 times within 2 districts and 2 states. I also am a biker evangelist with the United Methodist Motorcycle Association.
I am looking forward to ministering to you and becoming a part of your church family. We all are ministers in our own right and we all possess unique spiritual gifts and I am excited to see how those spiritual gifts come together for the glory of our awesome God.