Summerfield UMC’s building is German Gothic Revival style built in 1904 by the architecture firm of Turnball & Jones of Elgin, Illinois.
Summerfield’s original congregation formed in 1852 and was named in honor of Reverend John Summerfield, an Irish Methodist preacher. In 1902, fundraising began for a new, larger church building. The current gothic church, with its 73-foot-tall (22 m) bell tower, was constructed using sandstone and limestone. The first service in the new and current structure was held on October 8, 1905. The cost of the church, with pews and furnishings, was $51,000. In October 1919, Goodwill Industries of Wisconsin was founded in the basement of this location after Summerfield Pastor H.S Anderson traveled to Boston to hear Goodwill founder Rev. Edgar J. Helms speak. The Adult Sunday School group at Summerfield thought the founding principles of Goodwill would benefit Milwaukee, and thus raised funds to found Goodwill Industries of Milwaukee, now Goodwill Industries of Wisconsin. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Summerfield has continued to be a vital part of the community. Although our Sunday services have moved online, we continue to serve free meals on Saturdays to those who need them (take-out only!), host AA, NA, and HA meetings, and give out free bread! Thank you for virtually visiting our site, and we hope to greet you in-person in 2021!