History

Members gather for a rural church picnic in Washington state in this undated photograph, which is part of The United Methodist Church's archive of historical items. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.
Members gather for a rural church picnic in Washington state in this undated photograph, which is part of The United Methodist Church's archive of historical items. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

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 "