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 North, Capitol Area South, Foothills, Maumee Watershed, Miami Valley, Northwest Plains, Ohio 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.