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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

Free Methodist Church of the U.S.A


Founded: 1860

Headquarters: 5235 Decatur Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46241


Educational Institutions:

Seminaries: Northeastern Seminary, Seattle Pacific Seminary


Core Values: 

  • The Holy Trinity
    • There is but one living and true God, the maker and preserver of all things. And in the unity of this Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in eternity, deity and purpose; everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness.
  • The Son – His Incarnation
    • God was Himself in Jesus Christ to reconcile people to God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, He joined together the deity of God and the humanity of humankind. Jesus of Nazareth was God in flesh, truly God and truly human. He came to save us. For us the Son of God suffered, was crucified, dead and buried. He poured out His life as blameless sacrifice for our sin and transgressions. We gratefully acknowledge that He is our Savior, the one perfect mediator between God and us.
  • The Son – His Resurrection and Exaltation
    • Jesus Christ is risen victorious from the dead, His resurrected body became more glorious, not hindered by ordinary human limitations. Thus He ascended into heaven. There He sits as our exalted Lord at the right hand of God the Father, where He intercedes for us until all His enemies shall be brought into complete subjection. He will return to judge all people. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • The Holy Spirit – His Person
    • The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Proceeding from the Father and the Son, He is one with them, the eternal Godhead, equal in deity, majesty and power. He is God effective in creation, in life and in the church. The Incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ were accomplished by the Holy Spirit. He continues to reveal, interpret and glorify the Son.
  • The Holy Spirit – His Work in Salvation
    • The Holy Spirit is the administrator of the salvation planned by the Father and provided by the Son’s death, resurrection, and ascension. He is the effective agent in our conviction, regeneration, sanctification and glorification. He is our Lord’s ever-present self, indwelling, assuring and enabling the believer.
  • The Holy Spirit – His Relation to the Church
    • The Holy Spirit is poured out upon the church by the Father and the Son. He is the church’s life and witnessing power. He bestows the love of God and makes real the lordship of Jesus Christ in the believer so that both His gifts of words and service may achieve the common good and build and increase the church. In relation to the world He is the Spirit of truth, and His instrument is the Word of God.

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Brief History: The Free Methodist Church – USA, previously called the Free Methodist Church of North America, was founded in 1860 as the result of a split in the Genesee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. For a more in-depth history go to

Area Churches:

Capernaum Free Methodist, 239 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, KY, 40207

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