A Brief History of the Former Delaware Annual Conference

Organized officially in 1784, the Methodist Episcopal Church flourished in the early 1800s, as small societies and full churches emerged, even among black U.S. populations. Black local preachers were recruited… Read more

Bishop Gregory Palmer with his father, the Rev. Herbert Palmer

Memorable Delaware Conference Celebration planned for May 30

The Eastern PA Conference’s long-awaited celebration of the former Delaware Annual Conference will commence this Saturday, May 30, at 9:45 AM, with the upbeat processional anthem “We’re Marching to Zion”… Read more

Rev. David Ryan

Walking among Heroes: A Memorial Day Meditation

By the Rev. David Glen Ryan, Pastor of Kensington (Old Brick) and Bridesburg UMCs, Philadelphia (Part-time Local Pastor) Every year as Memorial Day approaches, I find myself thinking about the… Read more

Trustees Chairman Alvin Kingcade and Legal Counsel Robert Shoemaker

Peace amid passion: Resolutions stir Annual Conference debates

The Eastern PA Annual Conference considered 23 of 25 submitted resolutions during its 2015 session, May 14-16, and a handful of them generated heavy debate on controversial concerns. But despite… Read more

Lay Delegates to General Conference

Annual Conference elects 2016 General, Jurisdictional delegates

The 2015 Eastern PA Annual Conference elected as 2016 General and Northeaster Jurisdictional Conference Delegates—Clergy members: Dawn Taylor-Storm, Jeffrey Raffauf, Robert Wilt, and Lydia Munoz.  Lay members elected were: Judith Ehninger;… Read more

Wilhelmina Young

Peace with Justice offering helps develop leaders

The Peace with Justice Sunday (PWJS) offering, to be received churchwide on or near May 31, helped an Eastern PA Conference laymember gain valuable leadership skills in advocating for social… Read more

Pocono Plateau Confirmation Retreat

Camp & Retreat Ministries: God’s Place Apart, Transforming Lives

Our three year-round camp and retreat sites have been busy all spring (and winter too) with retreats and other events, offering delightful days, magical moments and unforgettable experiences for attendees… Read more

Lima UMC, Native American Sunday, Congregation Dancing

Lima UMC celebrates Native American Ministries Sunday

On Native American Ministries Sunday, April 19, Lima UMC devoted its entire service to sharing Native American life and culture in the worship of God. There were songs, dances, prayers,… Read more

Nathan Matz, Joani and Thom Schultz listen.

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

More than 4,000 churches close their doors each year. “I feel judged.”  Forty percent of Americans say they attend church weekly, but the actual percentage may be half that. “I… Read more

The Rev. Robert Young-White, May 2015

The Rev. Robert Young-White, 71, of Lancaster, Pa., a retired elder in the Eastern PA Conference, passed away on May 8, 2015. He served the following churches before retiring in… Read more