Course Content
Church History
A brief history of Wesley Church of Hope and the United Methodist Church.
Methodist Traditions
The Christian calendar and Holy holidays marking the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The Bible
Both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible serve as sources of primary guidance for our faith.
The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments – baptism and communion.
Starting Points
When you need encouragement and refreshment for your soul, turn to these Scriptures and topics.
Your Personal Spiritual Gifts
While all of life is a gift from God, these twenty gifts are lifted up within Scripture as the gifts of the Spirit, given specifically for the upbuilding of the body of Christ.
Discipleship involves a ministry of outreaching love and witness to others concerning Christ and God’s grace.
Welcome to the Fellowship
About Lesson

The United Methodist Church

History of the United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church is deeply rooted in The Methodist movement started by John and Charles Wesley while they were at Oxford in the 1730s.  At about the same time, people like Philip Otterbein and Martin Boehm were leading similar movements that helped people grow in their faith. The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged with the Methodist-Episcopal Church.


In the United States, five regional bodies, called jurisdictions, were created: Northeast, Southeast, North Central, South Central and Western jurisdictions.  Each jurisdiction is divided into annual conferences, presided over by a bishop.  Our bishop is Gregory Vaughn Palmer, who was appointed to serve here in 2012.


Wesley Church of Hope belongs to the West Ohio Conference in the North Central Jurisdiction.   The West Ohio Conference has eight districts: the Capitol Area NorthCapitol Area SouthFoothillsMaumee WatershedMiami ValleyNorthwest PlainsOhio River Valley and Shawnee Valley districts. Districts are a geographic areas of the Annual Conference.  Wesley Church of Hope is part of the Capitol Area South district.

The Mission of the West Ohio Conference is to equip local churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world… A world of justice, love, and peace filled with people growing in the likeness of Jesus Christ. 

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