The Free Methodist Church was first organised by a group of lay members and ministers at Pekin, New York, USA on 23 August 1860. The name ‘Free’ was chosen because the newly established Methodist Church wanted freedom for all slaves, freedom from secret societies, freedom from materialism in order to help the poor, free seats in church and a style of service which allowed freedom for the Holy Spirit to minister. The name ‘Methodist’ was retained because the founders wanted to promote Wesleyan theology, encourage holy living and use orderly methods to fulfil their mission to make disciples.
The Free Methodist Church embraces and promotes the best traditions of historic Christianity, which can be shown to be based upon the teaching of the Bible. Our Articles of Religion are based on the 39 Articles of the Anglican Church and were originally drawn up by John Wesley for the Methodist Church overseas.
The Free Methodist Church emphasises scriptural holiness, practical godliness, social concern, Christian education, evangelism and foreign missions.