A New Nation and
New Ways of Worship
1800s: The issues of temperance and slavery helped define the church as well as a powerful religious revival.
1825-1837: the Rev. Thomas Roberts. Known as a fiery preacher who could convert up to 500 souls at one revival meeting
1832: The Greek Revival edifice, the third on the site, was built on a 1720 stone foundation, “by members who contributed their labor, lumber or money"
1836: Upper Meeting House established as separate congregation in Holmdel know as Second Middletown served by the Rev. William D. Hires.
1837-1875: the Rev. David B. Stout, known as a hard and steady worker in the vineyards; membership increased to 567, the largest ever
1849: addition of front portico (later enclosed and known at the narthex; 1910-15) and bell tower