IRA T. WYCHE (1816 -1880) served Tabernacle Church as one of the churches on the Henderson Circuit to which he was appointed from 1865 to 1868. Born in Brunswick County, Virginia, Wyche later moved with his parents to Granville County, N.C. His parents were already members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Wyche would receive significant religious training as he grew up. According to the record book of the Granville Circuit for 1836, Wyche was the class leader for the Oxford "society" in that year. The next year, Wyche entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church as a member on trial in the newly-formed North Carolina Conference. Four years later, Wyche would be received into full connection and ordained an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Wyche would have a very full career as a minister in this conference. Not only did he travel numerous circuits, he also served at different times as the "presiding elder" of the Salisbury, New Bern, and Washington Districts of the North Carolina Conference. At one time he served as the area agent for the American Bible Society. Later he would serve as the Secretary of the North Carolina Conference for many years. When he died after serving some forty-three years in the conference, Wyche was serving the same church in which he was once the class leader! At his death, he was remembered as a "man of one work, and that work was to do good and to save souls."
Wyche's father, Henry T. Wyche was President of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad. His sister, Elizabeth, married a fellow minister in the North Carolina Conference: John Tillett who also served at Tabernacle. Ira Wyche's son, L.A. Wyche, also served as a minister in the North Carolina Conference.
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