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Former Student at M.P. School wrote at 2006-12-05 21:38:37
The Methodist Protestant Church has it's General

Conference in Collins, Mississippi.  There are at least 4 Annual Conference: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Kent wrote at 2007-04-02 00:26:12
There was one conference of the Methodist Protestant Church that opted out of the 1939 merger, and yet did not remain a part of the continuing denomination. This was the Eastern Conference, made up of churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There was some negative legal activity between the Eastern Conference and the Methodist Church.

The Eastern Conference (now called the Bible Protestant Church) still exists.

Sonja Sharp(Sandy) Metrolis wrote at 2007-07-13 19:24:39
Dear Sandy, -I find,with ample interest,your question about the existence of The Methodist Protestant Church.As I am sure you are aware, the Church traces it's origin back to the Church of England.The American church separated from from the Church of England, and became the Methodist Episcopal Church.It kept the Wesleyan beliefs and doctrine,and was quick to spread over North America.

    Many years later a dispute arose concerning lay representation in church government. The Methodist Protestant Church was organized during this challenge in 1828.(The new church was given this name in 1830.) We still believe in the mutual rights of the laity and clergy in church government.

    An effort was made in the 1930s to bring the Methodist Episcopal Church South and the Methodist Protestant Church together to create the Methodist Church. In order to accommodate all,

a decision was  made to drop an Article on Sanctification from the Articles of Religion, an simply add a footnote indicating it as a Methodist Protestant belief.

    Under the Godly leadership of Dr.F.L.Sharp

and others,who recognized the error of such a move,made a move, themselves, to save the Mississippi Conference from the Union. So it was,

in 1939,at Divide Methodist Protestant Church in Lawrence County, Mississippi, the motion to Unite with the Union was defeated. In one small rural conference,the Methodist Protestant Church,name and doctrine,, were preserved until this day.

     Thank you,Sandy who inquired about the Methodist Protestant Churches. We would be glad to furnish more information. May God Bless you and yours.

     Since my name is also Sandy, your letter was of interest to me,personally,also a Granddaughter of Rev. F.L.Sharp, a preserver of the Methodist Protestant Church.  

Rev. Bobby L. Dawson wrote at 2007-08-28 02:46:02
Permit me to clarify briefly and update some of your information.

First, I am a pastor in the Methodist Protestant Church and can assure you that it is not a cult. We are Wesleyan-Arminian in Doctrine and conservative morally and culturally.

Second, a misstatement about the number of conferences was noted. We have three conferences in the U.S. and a Mission Conference in Belize, C.A. The three conferences are Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The Louisiana Conference consists of churches in Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma (recently joining the conference).

Third, our web address has changed to

As noted in some of the previous statements, our headquarters in located in Collins, MS. We do trace our roots back to Wesley and firmly hold to the Wesleyan tradition of second blessing holiness.

I hope this information has been somewhat helpful. I would be glad to add to this if desired. Thank you and may God bless you in your labors for Him.

Jimmy Williams wrote at 2007-10-30 18:18:34
This explanation is incorrect.  THe Methodist Protestant Church is very much alive and well. When the majority of the churches that were part of the Methodist Protestant denomination reunited with the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Mississippi conference did not do so.  The Methodist Protestant denomination continues to exist across the south, from Oklahoma to Alabama.  

The primary reason for the seperation in the early 1800's related to church government and lay authority in the church.  Since this issue was not resolved, the Mississippi conference refused to re-unit.  The Methodist Protestant Church holds to a congregationalist form of church government, and the Holiness doctrine originally taught by John Wesley.

ewrnest wrote at 2008-03-05 23:23:16
i,m a mwmber of a potestant meothodist church and have been for over a yr and i love it,it is a consevstion christian church

DMB wrote at 2008-10-14 23:50:26
Some of the Methodist Protestant churches that did not go along with the United Meth. merger were also from the Middle Atlantic states.  My father was a NJ pastor who was among those who did not join the union but "walked out" and formed the Continuing Conf of the Methodists Protestants, and called themselves Bible protestants in 1940.  I think some of these churches became independent, and others joined the Fellowship of fundamental Bible churches in 1985. Some of the original Bible Protestant Churches became Baptist Churches.

RevTaylor wrote at 2008-11-30 07:25:05
The Methodist Protestant Church is alive and growing, though small.  I know of this denomination in Mississippi. They are much more congregational in organization and conservative in theology.

Jerry wrote at 2012-12-14 19:03:19
In regards to the Methodist Protestant Church, in 1939 the M.E. church took over most of the M.P. chuches, except for those that owned their property. The M.P. churches that did not join the M.E. church, changed their name to Bible Protestant Church. They have a Conference ground in Port Jervis, N.Y. called Tri-State Bible Conference. Back before 1939 they had a campground at Gull Lake, near battle Creek, Mi. The campgound at Gull Lake is non-denominational now, but they have information about the M.P. churches. Most of the churches were in the east, but there were @ 6 in Michigan that took on the name of Bible Protestant. 2 were in Flint, Mi


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United Methodist church structure and doctrine. Science and religion. Christian Education and the Sunday School. Religion and race. Women in the church. United Methodist pastor for 22 years. Member, commissions on Religion and Race and Status and Role of Women. Masters in Divinity and Religious Education.


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