Church of the United Brethren in Christ
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Founder
Martin Boehm, William Otterbein
Time Period
1800
Description
The Church of the United Brethren in Christ is an evangelical Christian denomination that formed in 1800 as a result of Martin Boehm and William Otterbein. These two preachers specifically evangelized to German immigrants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Combining Mennonite and German Reformed traditions with Methodism, this denomination became the first American denomination that did not start in Europe.

The denomination later merged into the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1946. Along with other Methodist churches, it later merged into the United Methodist Church (1968), the largest Methodist denomination in the United States.
Interactive Timeline(s)
Methodist Religious Events and People in American History
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Religious Groups
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Photographs

Meeting of Otterbein and Boehm- Hathi Trust- from History of the Pennsylvania Conference of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ by Paul E. Holdcraft

Martin Boehm portrait- Internet Archive- from The History of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, vol 2 by John Lawrence

Philip William Otterbein portrait- Internet Archive- from History of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ by Daniel Berger

Home of Peter Kemp, site of the first UBC conference- Internet Archive- from History of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ by Daniel Berger
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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