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Methodist Episcopal Church, Armstrong, MO

May 30, 2017

Serendipity took me to Armstrong, Missouri this afternoon and this captivating octagonal Methodist church. It has been converted for use as a single-family residence, witness by a real estate web site including this blurry exterior and several interiors, proving it to have been a Type 3, with the Sunday school spaces arrayed around the perimeter of the auditorium.


Further information is well worth pursuing. This is a keeper!

Armstrong is a few miles north of I-70, about half the distance between St Louis and Kansas City.


UPDATE [31.05.2017]: In the “You can’t make this shit up” category, I searched this afternoon for the current owner/occupants of the former Methodist church in Armstrong. While that inquiry was unsuccessful, I did turn up a recent occupant of some ill repute: Ryan St Anne Scott (a.k.a. Ryan Gevelinger), a self-proclaimed “Traditionalist Catholic priest” who denies the reforms made in the Catholic church in recent decades. Scott/Gevelinger contracted to purchase the Armstrong church building for use as Holy Rosary Abbey, but the sale was interrupted when he was charged with three counts of “financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person” and placed in the Howard county jail on a $50,000 cash bond. News sources say that he could face ten to thirty years in prison. Presumably the church has less notorious owners at present.

UPDATE [20.02.2018]: Spurred by a recent inquiry, I found another exterior image of the Armstrong church.



  1. John Brown permalink

    What do you want to know about the church? I owned it in 2016.

    • Hello, Mr Brown: I stumbled upon your former property some months ago and was fascinated by its geometry. My project concerns an important development in Protestant church architecture during the years 1880-1920, which was called the Akron Plan (somewhat of a misnomer but a phrase used popularly to describe it). The former M.E. church in Armstrong is definitely an example, so I hoped to find more information about it for inclusion in our database–which now numbers 4,500 examples, I’m interested, for example, in a fairly accurate date of construction, which as owner you may not have had. If it was built as a Methodist Episcopal church, perhaps the Methodist headquarters for that part of Missouri can help; I haven’t pursued that yet. The photos that I found on-line came from a real estate website, trying to market the property. Do you know the current owner? Best regards, Ron Ramsay (

      • John Brown permalink

        I used to own that church. It was built around 1890. I have photos of corner stone. Hundreds of interior photos.

        It burnt down around 1910 I think. But I have all the records somewhere.

        It is a haunted church. Three different investigators studied the paranormal events.

        Those small rooms off main sanctuary were not Sunday school rooms. And, carefully look at stain glass windows. Do you see anything Christian about them?

  2. Hello, Mr Brown: Thanks for your comments. Yes, it would be very interesting to see earlier photographs of the building. Those construction and rebuilding dates are also interesting; it looks far more like 1910 to me. I doubt we’ll ever find the name of an architect.


    Ron Ramsay (

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