UMC Family Tree

Parishioners of predominantly white Foundry United Methodist Church and predominantly black Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington greet each other during a 'service of confession and repentance.' A UMNS photo © Jay Mallin.

The United Methodist Church was formed when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church merged in 1968. But we trace our heritage back so much farther than that.

From a small movement in 1700s England, our church is now global with more than 12 million members around the world. While our languages, cultures and nations of origin may differ, a common mission and history unite us in powerful ways.

Find out why we say our church is Wesleyan, missional and connected. 

United Methodists gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, for General Conference 2019. Photo by Paul Jeffrey for United Methodist News Service.

Who We Are

2019 Special Session of the General Conference

Read the news and press releases as well as resources related to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.

Light through clouds, image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Who We Are

The Movement Continues

Discover stories of United Methodists responding to their own calls and more about our Wesleyan heritage as the people of The United Methodist Church.