As Anglo-American settlers began arriving in the 1830s in what would become Texas, they brought their Methodist beliefs with them. However, Mexican law required that all colonists conform to the Roman Catholic religion. Because of these restrictions, Protestant meetings were held in secrecy. In spite of the restrictions, Methodists organized several “societies” and after the Texas Revolution and Independence from Mexico, the Methodist Church brought in Methodist missionaries.
On Christmas Day, 1841, the First Methodist-Episcopal Church of Seguin was organized and for many years thereafter the church was served by a circuit-riding minister from Victoria. Worshipers met in homes or under oak trees in the city square. Early church rosters included familiar names: King, Baxter, Beard, Thompson, Hollamon, Duggan, Smith, Woods, Fennell, Butler, Diebrell, Benton, Brills, McCulloch and Day.