Church History

Mission and Ministry
Mike Hickcox is the former director of communications for the Society of St. Andrew and also served as manager of audio initiatives for United Methodist Communications and was director of communications for the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by United Methodist Communications.

Share your audio to help preserve United Methodist history

A wealth of church history is contained in audio files in local churches, seminaries and annual conferences. We must act now to save those treasures.
Mission and Ministry
Artist interpretation of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793. As the virus sickened thousands, a U.S. founding father turned to two Methodists for help. Print from Bettmann Archives.

Methodists led response in earlier epidemic

When yellow fever sickened thousands in 18th century Philadelphia, a U.S. founding father turned to two pioneering African American church leaders for help.
Theology and Education
Marshall Greene (center) is baptized during the Annual Inlet Baptism in Murrells Inlet off the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church's seawall. Holding him is (left) Austin Bond, director of youth ministries and (right) Walter Cantwell, associate pastor. Photo by Benjamin Coy.

Ask The UMC: How far back does Christian baptism go?

Christian baptism has its earliest beginnings in the church. It was related to the water rites of other religions.
Mission and Ministry
Art from the book “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, The Father of Gospel Music,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier. The story page includes the text, “I still heard spirituals of long ago, Remembered how they moved me so. Hardships woven into hymns I wrote — Every lyric, every note.” Image courtesy of Simon & Shuster.

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books

A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.

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