Our Wesleyan Heritage

United Methodists trace our heritage back to a pair of brothers who started the Methodist movement in 1700s England. John and Charles Wesley, helped lead a movement to "spread Scriptural holiness over the land." 

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An image of the Wesleys' "Holy Club" meeting at Oxford, based on a 19th century lithograph. Used with permission from the Methodist Collection of Drew University.
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Who We Are

Why the Wesleys, and others, came to be called Methodists

Early members of the movement had nicknames like Holy Club, Bible Moths, Sacramentarians, and Enthusiasts. Learn why one name stuck.

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The sanctuary of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church reminds us our founding. Image courtesy Lovely Lane United Methodist Church.
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Who We Are

The roots of The United Methodist family tree: Digging deeper

United Methodism began in 1968, but our roots go back to the 1700s. Learn a brief outline of our story.

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History

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