Who We Are
A Diverse Community
All persons are welcome in The United Methodist Church. Celebrating a
diversity of peoples, age levels, ideas and cultures, we are enriched by our
history. The United Methodist Church was formed with the union of the
Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968.
United Methodists trace their spiritual heritage back to the 18th-century
evangelical leaders John and Charles Wesley, Jacob Albright and Philip
William Otterbein. As these men changed their world then, today the
church seeks to rethink how to effect change in the world.
Biblical in Faith
United Methodists trust free inquiry into matters of Christian doctrine. Our
faith is guided by Scripture, tradition, experience and reason. Scripture is
of paramount importance. For United Methodists, the Bible is the record of
God’s people living out God’s promise.
In the 21st century, The United Methodist Church seeks to expand its
robust evangelical heritage. The church seeks to give a younger generation
new ways to express their faith, translate that faith into actions and make
a difference in the world. Wherever the churched or unchurched turn, they
will find congregations seeking to create opportunities to encounter Christ.
Sharing God's gifts
United Methodists have believed from the beginning that each of us is
called to participate in the outward-reaching ministry of Jesus Christ.
John Wesley and others in our “cloud of witnesses” saw our work in the
simplest, plainest terms: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.
United Methodists open many doors that create opportunities to make an
enormous difference in the world. Our wonderfully diverse ministries are
made possible by United Methodism’s connectional giving system. We do
more together than any one congregation can do alone.
Living and Giving God's Love
We support worldwide ministry with other churches to spread the gospel,
care for those seeking a connection with God and nurture communities
of Christian disciples, following Jesus’ model of love and generosity. We
listen, reach beyond ourselves, and offer help, hope and healing to those
who are rethinking how to have more meaning in their lives.
For more than 200 years, The United Methodist Church and our
predecessors have addressed poverty and the disenfranchised. We are
committed to growing congregations and developing Christian leaders
with the skills and spiritual strength to cope with the demands of the world.
We play a significant role in educating others about devastating diseases,
especially those which disproportionately affect the poor. We discern ways
to fight disease and to provide better health conditions for people around
the world. Our church advocates for justice and equality, and offers a voice
when the struggles of the helpless are unheard. We are connected, caring
and concerned about ministry that challenges our passion for making
disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.