St John's Methodist Church in Kaponga was designed by the architects Sanderson & Griffiths in 1911. The contractor was Mr. Colin Walker and the cost £596. The foundation stone was laid by the Minister of Education, the Hon. G. Fowlds on 29 June 1911.

The church was dedicated on 15 October 1911 with two services conducted by the Rev. G. W. Spence of Palmerston North. 

It replaced the first St John's Church which was erected by voluntary labour in 1889.

In 1927 the Awatuna Methodist Church was bought, cut in half, and attached to the west end of the church at a cost of £300.00.

In the early 1980s a foyer was built on the north side.

It is described in the Kaponga Heritage Inventory as "architecturally plain, although its high gabled roof is embellished with a prominent window with a hood mould, while the main door and lancet windows have gothic openings".

The church was profiled in the "Of passing interest" column in the Taranaki Daily News on 4 November 2013.

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