Date Founded: 1860
Membership/Number of Clergy: 75,050/1,947 as of 2010.
Headquarters: 770 N. High School Rd / Indianapolis, IN 46214
Schools & Seminaries: Azusa Pacific University, Central Christian College of Kansas, Greenville College, Roberts Wesleyan College, Seattle Pacific University, Spring Arbor University, and Northeastern Seminary. The church also has a boarding school in Jackson, KY, Oakdale Christian Academy.
Publications: Light & Life Magazine, World Mission People Magazine
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr
Core Beliefs: "God’s love is central and all-inclusive, yet we can choose to reject him; spiritual maturity is taken seriously; the life of the mind is valued; compassion for the poor and efforts to abolish oppression are part of the DNA; connectedness to the wider church is celebrated by following the liturgical year and lectionary; Jesus’ sacrifice for us is remembered each week through Communion; and women are encouraged, recognized and ordained in leadership." The full doctrine is available at http://fmcusa.org/uniquelyfm/doctrine/.
Short History: Founded by Western New York ministers and laymen who felt the Methodist Episcopal Church was straying from its traditional Wesleyan roots. Areas of disagreement included anti-slavery, simplicity of worship, free seats in church so all could attend, and freedom from the secret oaths of various secret societies.
Local Churches: Use the church finder at http://fmcusa.org/find-a-church/?location_search_zip=Zip%2C%20City%20or%20State...&location_search_widget_limit=20&location_is_search_results=1&submit_x=9&submit_y=15. There us a church near campus, Breckenridge Chapel, 239 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, KY 40207.