Established in 1871 by Rev. Asbury Quillian, the church dedicated it new church sanctuary on July 4, 1885.
The founding of the Beulah Methodist Church was a pioneer enterprise in all respects. Reverend Asbury H. Quillian drove his ox-drawn wagon into Huerfano County, Colorado, arriving late in the fall of 1870 from his native Georgia. He joined the settlement on the lower St. Charles the following spring and, from a tent, began his Colorado ministry. The society formed there is recognized as being the first such organization south of Pueblo and dates from 1871.
The first women's society was organized in 1890 and called "The Women's Methodist Aid Society". Throughout the years the consistent aims of the society have been to support the financial needs of the Methodist Church. Presently know as the Women's Circle, the group continues annual events such as the bazaar, sales, and The Harvest Dinner to raise money to provide insurance, maintenance and aid .
In the mid 1950's, members of the Beulah Methodist Church offered a summer Bible School for Beulah children. The program was well received and has grown to become a non-denominational activity in which many of the Beulah children and adults participated in each summer through the 1980's.
(Page 84, 127 & 180 of Beulah's history book, 'From Mace's Hole: the Way It Was, to Beulah the Way It Is.')
Rev. Linda Stetter is now serving at the Beulah United Methodist Church. She is excited about being called back to parish ministry, particular in Beulah. Being able to see and be in mountains is essential to her well-being. She is looking forward to bringing her passion for social justice, community care, service, and liturgy that helps people feel connected to God and at peace in the present.
Rev. Stetter is a western, small-town girl at heart. Born in Durango, and beginning life in the Four Corners area, the family earned their living in the petroleum industry, so the family moved to southeastern New Mexico. After graduation in 1970, Linda received earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy and minors in English and Spanish at Eastern New Mexico University. After teaching K-8 music, 6th grade social studies and community college, she returned to Roswell and Artesia, NM to run her late father’s oilfield tank truck business. Linda enjoyed and learned a lot from the challenges it presented in the mid 1980’s.
After 11 years and serving as a tenured Business Communication professor, and creating a Technology Resource Center, Linda graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 2006. She completed 3,600 hours of clinical experience in hospitals and became a staff chaplain, while serving a two-point charge in central Massachusetts.
Linda was ecclesiastically endorsed for hospital chaplaincy in 2007 and ordained in 2010. In 2012, Linda decided to come home to Colorado, serving six years as the Director of Spiritual Care at St. Mary-Corwin in Pueblo. She became known as a champion of health care ethics, particular end-of-life decision-making, and innovated a prescription farm stand.
In her spare time, Rev. Linda enjoys cooking, food preservation, walking, reading mystery novels, sewing, and vegetable garden. She enjoys traveling to visit cousins in Tennessee and Mississippi when possible. v
serving our neighbor
The Beulah Community United Methodist Church seeks to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and join God’s mission by loving God and serving our neighbors.