The United Methodist Church is the second largest Protestant denomination in America. We are home to former President George W. Bush and former first lady Hillary Clinton. Other well-known Methodists include Will Rogers, Rosa Parks, George Lucas, and Tori Amos.
Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation, especially here in the Philadelphia area. Historic St. George’s church in the old section of the city is the cradle of American Methodism and the denomination’s oldest church building in continuous service. Faithful Christians have been meeting within its walls since 1769.
Since the 1800’s Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia has cared for the city’s sick along with many other institutions. Albright College in Reading, PA affirms its historic roots in Methodist tradition. And nearby Ocean City, New Jersey began its life in the mid-nineteenth century as a Methodist camp meeting. These, along with a host of other community agencies and ministries, were all started by Methodists.
United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science - while at the same time, look to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice.
Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion.
Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith that is lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued, well-informed, and passionate preaching. We have lively worship and offer many small group discussions where people can grow in faith.
Methodists have open hearts, and open minds. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.
For a more detailed overview of the United Methodist faith, click here!