HISTORY OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The United Methodist church springs from a rich tradition of studying and spreading the gospel to every corner of society. It began in 1729 in England and was led by John and Charles Wesley. The current United Methodist Church is the result of the 1939 merger of three Methodist bodies (Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal South and Methodist Protestant churches) and a 1968 union of the Evangelical United Brethren and The Methodist churches.
Today we continue our devotion to creating disciples for Jesus Christ and making the good news available to anyone who desires to hear it. All preaching and teaching is grounded in Scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened by personal experience and tested by reason. Along with other Christian denominations, we believe in God – expressed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All persons, regardless of race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition, are welcome to attend our church, receive Holy Communion, and be baptized and admitted into membership. The heart of our Christian faith is Christ’s ministry of outreaching love. We are all called to minister wherever Christ would have us work to heal and free others. United Methodists believe God’s grace, which means the unearned and loving action of God in our daily lives.