Staying in the UMC | Luke Lea

The United Methodist connection relies on a humble confession that we need one another. I’m staying within this movement because we emphasize the bond between the Table and the neighborhood, …

Staying in the UMC | Jeffrey Phillips

I’ve been associated with the Methodist Church literally all of my life.  Growing up I was in the UMYF and spent lots of time in middle school and high school …

Staying in the UMC | Kaye Harvey

I am a preacher’s kid from another denomination. I grew up living in fear of the end of the world, a fiery hell for eternity, the ultimate condemnation of Jesus, …

Staying in the UMC | Mack Land

I was baptized at age nine at Clarks’ Chapel Methodist Church 65 years ago. With the merger of two denominations in 1968 I became a United Methodist. Grace welcoming all …

Staying in the UMC | Walter Mischke

I was born into the United Methodist Church, baptized as a baby, raised by United Methodist parents, attended church twice every Sunday and Wednesday nights as long as that was …

Staying in the UMC | Leanne Bailey

During my lifetime, the United Methodist Church has allowed me to grow in grace.  Some of the benchmarks of my faith as a United Methodist Christian began in the Sunday …

Staying in the UMC | Sean Stanfield

I was not brought up in the United Methodist tradition. I started out as a Presbyterian and then later moved to Episcopal.  It wasn’t till my parents found some great …

Staying in the UMC | Rita Hays

The United Methodist Church offered me a place of ministry. Not being raised United Methodist, I learned to cherish our open table of welcome to all during Holy Communion, our …

Staying in the UMC | Rev. Lanita H. Monroe

Why I am United Methodist… I am very blessed to have been raised in a clergy home. While technically, I am a preacher’s kid, my father worked for the denomination. …

Staying in the UMC | John Wesley Vaughn

Why I will stay United Methodist:      What a bizarre question to consider: will I remain United Methodist?        My family for generations were members of Indian Mound Episcopal Church South which …