The Methodist Episcopal Church today is a product of a worldwide mission that began some 300 years ago.
It starts in England, travels to the American continent with the colonists and quickly spreads around the globe. On May 21, 1738, Charles had a life-transforming experience. Three days later, on May 24, during a service at a church on Aldersgate Street in London, John felt his heart "strangely warmed" and became assured of his salvation. Soon after, his friend and revivalist George Whitefield convinced him to preach in the fields. John was soon preaching to miners, farm workers, day laborers and others who often found themselves less than welcome inside church buildings. John organized the converts into societies, bands and classes. He began training lay preachers to lead them. In 1744, John initiated the first annual conference to bring together his preachers.
The founding conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, known commonly as the Christmas Conference, was held in December 1784 at Old Otterbein Church in Baltimore, Maryland. During the mergers of the Methodist Protestant Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, a group of members in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in Maryland, felt it necessary to not engage in the merger and became a Conference unto themselves, retaining the name Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
In 2022 the name was changed back to The Methodist Episcopal Church to reflect our historical roots to the early Methodist Church. It is our goal to preserve historic Christianity and the principles of Methodism in the 21st Century.