Chubb Chapel UMC Lovingly Preserved for Future Generations

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Chubb Chapel UMC has served the Chubbtown, Ga. community since 1870. The Church has used low-interest loans provided by the Georgia United Methodist Foundation twice to help to finance improvements.

Listen while member Clemmie Whatley, PhD., who served as project coordinator for the most recent loan, shares how Chubb Chapel UMC is being lovingly preserved for future generations.

The History of Chubb Chapel UMC

In the 1860s, Isaac Chubb and his 10 children (eight brothers and two sisters) built Chubbtown, a self-sufficient Black community. In 1870, the Church trustees bought property from Henry Chubb, my great grandfather, and his brothers. Chubb Chapel became a drawing point for other Black families moving into the area because Black families were seeking safe and secure places of worship. In 1916, a major flood occurred and destroyed many of the businesses. Even though the many business were gone, the Church still remains today as a viable place of worship.

A Place of Refuge

From its origination in the 1870s, through the 1900s with all the prejudice around the world, through the Civil Rights movement, and up until today, the Church has been a place of refuge for Black families. There’s a strong connection that has been passed through the generations. Chubb Chapel serves to bring families of the Chubbtown community together. The strong spiritual and family bond continues today.

Expansion of the Annex

Even though we are a small church with 15 to 20 members, a huge gathering of relatives and friends come to our events. In the Annex, there was not enough room to sit everyone for meals. The church members agreed to expand the Annex if we could get a $10,000 grant from The Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, which we did. Our next step was to obtain a commitment from our members to pay off the loan from the GUMF within five years.

The funds enabled us to expand the Annex from 800-square-feet to 1,600-square-feet, renovate the kitchen, and add new walls, flooring, cabinets, fixtures, and lighting, as well as a bathroom and air conditioning system.

God’s Timing is Perfect

When ESPN came to town to film a special about Chubbtown and my cousin, Nick Chubb, a University of Georgia tailback who attended our church when he was a toddler, the facilities were complete. Nick reflects the values of his ancestors who built this community. It’s like Nick said, “When you come back to Chubbtown, you feel the warm, caring spirits that are a part of the Church and community.”

The Church Turns to the GUMF

When we needed a loan to put new pews in the Church 10 years ago, we received a good rate from the GUMF. We turned to the GUMF again because of the ties to The United Methodist Church, the low interest rates, and the fact that the organization is very pleasant to work with.

Dreams for Tomorrow

We want the Church to reach out and serve the new Chubbtown community as it exists today. The community has changed. Before, it was African-American. Now, it is a more diverse community. Also, we now have a place for Chubbtown family members to come and share the story of Chubbtown. We will be able to continue to tell the history of Chubb Chapel and Chubbtown for generations to come!

This article was originally published in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s 2015 Annual Report.