The UMC traces its roots back to the revival movement of John and Charles Wesley in England as well as the Great Awakening in the United States.
In 2014, its worldwide membership was distributed as follows: 7.2 million in the United States, It is a member of the World Council of Churches, the World Methodist Council, and other religious associations.
In 2015, Pew Research estimated that 3.6% of the US population, or 9 million adult adherents, self-identify with the United Methodist Church revealing a much larger number of adherents than registered membership.
In the 19th century, its main predecessor—the Methodist Church—was a leader in Evangelicalism.
It was founded in 1968 in Dallas, Texas, United States, by union of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
We officially became the Great Plains United Methodist Women on January 1, 2014.