Church History

Church History
Students work in the chemistry laboratory at Wiley College, in Marshall, Texas, one of the 11 historically Black colleges and universities related to The United Methodist Church. The African American Methodist Heritage Center, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021, preserves the history of Black Methodists. Photo © United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Preserving Black church history

The African American Methodist Heritage Center needs money and attention so it can preserve the history of African American Methodists, its leaders say. Fundraising will be the priority in 2022.
Local Church
Rick Reinhard. Photo by Valerie Smallwood.

A call to examine United Methodist real estate

As more houses of worship close or seek to redevelop their property, individual congregations must collect and assess data to determine their future.
Local Church
Rick Reinhard. Photo by Valerie Smallwood.

Church must tackle its real estate crisis

The United Methodist Church has significant property holdings, but lack of a strategy for handling them poses a financial threat to the denomination.
Mission and Ministry
The Old Rectory in Epworth, England was built in 1709 following the "Great Fire" and was the home of John and Charles Wesley along with their parents and siblings. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask the UMC: Where is John Wesley's birthplace?

John Wesley was born in a small town in northeast England. His family's home still stands there. FAQ includes video tour to Epworth, England, featuring key historic places and sites from John Wesley's life.

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