Highlands United Methodist Church—Birmingham, Alabama
In 1903, four women, Mrs. J.S. Gillespy, Mrs. R Eubank, Mrs. Edward Campbell and Mrs. Cunningham Wilson, invited the Rev. John D. Simpson, presiding elder of the Birmingham District of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, to tea to discuss the need for a Methodist Sunday School in their neighborhood.
Not only did a Sunday School get started, prayer meetings were organized each Wednesday evening. So successful were these endeavors, the Five Points Methodist Episcopal Church, South was officially organized with a charter membership of 183 people on December 2, 1903.
The four women, having invited the Rev. John D. Simpson to tea, would unlikely dream such a magnificent structure would be the result of their conversation.