Archives & History
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Archives & History

The General Commission on Archives and History serves the church through the memory of ministry, allowing United Methodists to learn from their past and anticipate our future. Its work not only preserves the history of the denomination and its antecedents but makes it accessible. Many resources and guidance are available to those capturing and preserving the history of their congregation and conference.

This stained glass window at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Epworth, England features John and Charles Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
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Archives & History

Celebrating United Methodist Heritage Sunday

Use the Rev. Alfred Day’s message, a virtual choir anthem and the other Heritage Sunday 2020 resources to inspire and strengthen your congregation on May 24 or for a special service later this spring or summer.

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History

Write and share your church’s history of living in faith

Your church's history lets your congregation and community connect by reading stories of faith meeting the needs of the members, the local community and the world.

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Scenic photo of Epworth by the Sea, the Christian retreat center in St. Simons Island, Ga. named to honor the boyhood home of John and Charles Wesley. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

History of the Church

Discover the timeline of the United Methodist Church. This resource captures all of the significant dates of the evolution of the United Methodist Church.
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Articles and Resources


Contact Information

The General Commission on Archives and History is located in the United Methodist Archives and History Center located on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, USA. Train service to Madison via New Jersey Transit is available from Hoboken or New York's Penn Station. Newark International Airport is approximately 25 miles from the Center. Hotels, motels, and a reasonably priced retreat center are nearby, but beyond normal walking distance. Directions to the campus and a campus map are located on the Drew University web site. If you would like to arrange a tour of our facilities, please contact us at gcah@gcah.org.

Address 36 Madison Ave | Mailing Address P.O. Box 127, Madison, NJ  07940, USA | Phone 973-408-3189