The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is made up of about 415 churches, which serve nearly 103,000 members in 16 counties. Led by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, the Conference’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Moving pastors say goodbye to churches amid waning pandemic

My move to a new pastoral appointment is happening now. But I sympathize especially with clergy who had to move last summer during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ask Rev. Palmer”

By Bishop Peggy Johnson

When I arrived as bishop of the Eastern PA Conference in 2008, it was not long before I heard the phrase “Ask Rev. Palmer.” I was quick to seek out the wisdom of this retired Elder in the conference because of his experience, graciousness and keen insight. People encouraged me to “Ask Rev. Palmer” whenever there was a need for “big picture” thinking...

Celebrating a Silver Anniversary

The Order of Deacons (1996-2021)  At the 1996 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Order of Deacons was voted into existence.  The church has long had a consecrated ...

Nurse leads Korean church’s vaccine ministry

In March 2020, the world began responding to the threat of COVID-19, and churches and businesses temporarily shuttered their doors. Like many of his colleagues, the Rev. Chul-Ki Kim, pastor ...

Conference launches Dismantling Racism Facebook group

The Eastern PA Conference Commission on Religion & Race (CORR) has launched a timely new Facebook Group page aptly titled Dismantling Racism. It’s timely because it launches on the day that the U.S. Congress ...

Calling all Youth: Get Ready to Rally! August 28

There’s a time for everything Ecclesiastes 3 tells us, and August 28, from 9 AM to 6 PM, will be the perfect time for the Eastern PA Conference’s next Youth ...

Conference to offer two Laity Academies in 2021

The first academy is August 6-7, Friday evening and all-day Saturday, using Zoom video-conferencing. The second will be on October 1-2, when in-person classes will be hosted at several churches across the conference.  Learn more...

Cicadas show up for church, testing clergy

The Rev. Bonnie Scott recently preached an online sermon titled “The Cicadas Are Humming.” She did it in the style of spoken-word poetry, and she included the sound of cicadas in the ...

Connecting with people through prayer

A simple question changed the Rev. Jacqui King’s entire approach to prayer. It started one morning when the United Methodist pastor was in line at a busy counter outside Nashville ...