Early Oklahoma City residential growth was the result of several leaders involved in real estate, transportation and other business. Among the the figures of the area of Wesley were I.M. Putnam, James Shartel, and Anton Classen. Each one established large residential districts that are now historic hallmarks enriching the beauty and diversity of the city.
The small leftover land west of Classen Blvd. and east of Douglas was donated to the nascent church about 1911, shortly after the move from NW 32 and Military to the corner of NW 25 and Douglas. Classen, a Methodist, was supportive of the Epworth University (1904) and many churches. With the construction of the new sanctuary in 1928, the land was given a face lift from the widow of Classen. It now serves as parking for the church.