The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united to form a new denomination.
But Methodism in the U.S. dates back to 1736 when John and Charles Wesley came to the New World to spread the movement they began as students in England. United Methodists share a historic connection to other Methodist and Wesleyan bodies.
In this section, you will find stories and useful links to help you learn more about the roots of our denomination and trace developments that led us to today.
The United Methodist Church has an agency dedicated to preserving the rich history of the denomination. Visit the Archives and History site »
Formation of The United Methodist Church
What is the story of The United Methodist Church? Learn more about how the denomination was born and about the people and issues that shaped it. Read More
Read more about the people, places and events that have shaped the rich texture of The United Methodist Church. Read More
An Eye on History
The United Methodist Church has a rich history. The videos in this section will help that history come to life in words and pictures. Share the links or download the... View