Old Stone Church 231st Anniversary Service

WOOLWICH TWP. — Old Stone Church will hold its 231st Anniversary Service on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. This year the service will feature a special guest Rev. Bill Wilson.


Rev. Wilson is a United Methodist Pastor for the past 47 years and has served rural, small town and suburban churches throughout Southern New Jersey. He is a 1976 graduate of Rowan University with a B.A. in Psychology and attended Wesley Theological Seminary where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree in 1979 and Doctor of Ministry degree in 1994.

Pastor Bill recently moved back to his childhood farm in Mullica Hill. After 38 years of marriage to his wife Dawn, they have two sons, Wil (Ashley), and Lou (Christa), and seven grandchildren; Rosie, Sage, Nico, Aria, Tre, Wes and Myrna.

Shortly after announcing his retirement just earlier this year, he announced he would be coming out of retirement, feeling called to continue as pastor at Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, PA.

“As pastor of Historic St. George’s, I love the long and vital history which has happened here. I look forward to HSG continuing to make history by reaching out to the local community as well as to the World. I’m excited to be the pastor here and look forward to what God is calling us to do in the days ahead.”

Following the service, there will be refreshments, historical documents to view and a tour of the grounds of Old Stone. 

The Old Stone Church is maintained by the Bethesda United Methodist Church in Swedesboro. It is located at the corner of Oak Grove Road and Stone Meeting House Road in Woolwich Township, just 1 mile from Route 322. Parking is only along Stone Meeting House Road as there is no on-site parking. 

The church building, grounds and cemetery is maintained through donations. If you cannot attend but would like to contribute, please send a check to “Friends of Old Stone Church” c/o Bethesda UMC, 1435 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ 08085, Attention Mr. Greg Paranto. For more information, call the Bethesda UMC office at 856-467-0127 

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