The Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) was the oldest and largest Methodist denomination in the United States from its founding in 1784.
The Methodist Episcopal Church originated from the spread of Methodism outside of England to the Thirteen Colonies in the 1760s. Earlier, Methodism had grown out of the ministry of John Wesley, a priest in the Church of England (also known as the Anglican Church) who preached an evangelical message centered on justification by faith, repentance, the possibility of having assurance of salvation, and the doctrine of Christian perfection.
Wesley was loyal to the Anglican Church, and he organized his followers into parachurch societies and classes with the goal of promoting spiritual revival within the Church of England.
Members of Methodist societies were expected to attend and receive Holy Communion in their local parish church, but Wesley also recruited and supervised lay preachers for itinerant or traveling ministry.
Around fifteen or twenty societies formed a circuit. Anywhere from two to four itinerant preachers would be assigned to a circuit on a yearly basis to preach and supervise the societies
within their circuit. One itinerant preacher in each circuit would be made the “assistant” (because he was an assistant to Wesley), and he would direct the activities of the other itinerant preachers
in the circuit, who were called “helpers”. Wesley gave out preaching assignments at an annual conference.
In 1769, Wesley sent itinerants Robert Williams, Richard Boardman, and Joseph Pilmore to oversee Methodists in America after learning that societies had already been organized there as early as 1766 by Philip Embury, Robert Strawbridge, and Thomas Webb.
In 1773, Wesley appointed Thomas Rankin general assistant, placing him in charge of all the Methodist preachers and societies
in America. On July 4, 1773, Rankin presided over the first annual conference on American soil at Philadelphia. At that time there were 1,160 Methodists in America led by ten lay preachers. Itinerant Methodist preachers would become known as circuit riders.
Methodist societies in America also operated within the Church of England. There were several Anglican priests who supported the work of the Methodists, attending Methodist meetings and
administering the sacraments to Methodists. These included Charles Pettigrew of North Carolina, Samuel Magaw of Dover and then Philadelphia, and Uzel Ogden of New Jersey. Anglican clergyman Devereux Jarratt (1733–1801) was a particularly active supporter, founding Methodist societies in Virginia and North Carolina.
- 1784 John Wesley Methodist
- 1828: The Canadians formed their own Methodist Church
- 1925 The United Church was founded as a merger of four Protestant denominations, the Methodist Church, Canada, the Congregational Union of Ontario and Quebec, two-thirds of the congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the Association of Local Union Churches, a movement predominantly of the Canadian Prairie provinces.
- The Canadian Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church joined the United Church of Canada on January 1, 1968
- 1968 The US Evangelical United
Eric Michel Ministries International is a Chaplaincy
of the Methodist Episcopal and Nonconforming Conference
Methodist Episcopal Nonconforming Conference
At Eric Michel Ministries International we have a root in the Syncretism from the union of a Christian Unitarian Minister and an independent Baptist Minister.
We have no affiliation with any Methodist churches in any way and we are episcopal meaning lead by a Bishop and no affiliation with the Episcopal Church or the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
We emphasizes the “methods” of the eighteenth-century evangelical reformers John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley. More broadly, it refers to the theological system inferred from the various sermons, theological treatises, letters, journals, diaries, hymns, and other spiritual writings of the Wesley’s and their contemporary coadjutors such as John William Fletcher.
Keeping this theological root Eric Michel Ministries International adopted the Traditions and Rituals of the United Methodist in America who was already in usage under the Christian Unitarian-Baptist Chaplaincy and after our partnership with the African United Methodist of Malawi in 2017.
Nonconforming with any Methodist movements, EMMI, added the theology of Universal Christ from the Catholic promoters Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Ilia Delio, Richard Rohr and Robert J. Spitzer plus the complement of Dr. Hugh Ross “Cosmic Reasons to Believe in Christ” and his Bible Creation. From it we incorporate John 1: 1-5 and Ephesians 4:4-6 to the Christian Unity. This unity permits us to create the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches with our international members of different dominations that proclaim the Gospels.