Monday, April 23, 2018
50 years ago: Two denominations merge to form the United Methodist Church
On April 23, 1968, the United Methodist Church was created when The Evangelical United Brethren Church (represented by Bishop Reuben H. Mueller) and The Methodist Church (represented by Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke) joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas. The merger occurred barely five weeks after notorious televangelist Oral Roberts and his wife had been received into membership by Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma; it's been speculated that Mr. Roberts joined the UMC because he wanted to be part of a denomination that wasn't overly concerned with his doctrine. The United Methodist Church is largely apostate, although some Bible-believing UMC pastors can still be found.