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Stories of our past

Learn more about the history of United Methodist Communications.  Each week starting in July through October a new story will be added.  

The General Commission on Communication elected former corporate marketing VP to lead the denomination's global communication agency beginning this past June. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

A new leader for a new future

On Oct. 1, 1940, the first Methodist Information office opened in New York. While the agency has grown and changed, one thing has been constant: communicating a message of faith. Read More

With global mindset, agency transforms church communications

Work in Africa, Asia and Europe builds communications capacity and empowers communities. Read More

Seven decades of product diversity

From the start, United Methodist Communications strived to create and offer products and services that met people’s needs. Read More

Outreach in modern times

As technology has evolved, United Methodist Communications has expanded its message of faith to new platforms. After 9/11, it was one of the first advertisers back on TV offering support. Read More

The newsroom at the 1988 General Conference in St. Louis.

Telling the story of General Conference

The journey of communicating at and about General Conference has steadily progressed, spanning decades of technological abilities, current issues and church news. Read More

UMNS photographer Mike DuBose covering the Asian tsunami of 2005 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

News agency marks 75 years of telling United Methodist story

From General Conference to disaster relief, the United Methodist News Service has been chronicling the life of The United Methodist Church for decades. Read More

Country group Restless Heart is photographed in the studio of United Methodist Communications. Photo by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications. Cropped from original.

If these walls could talk

In celebration of United Methodist Communications’ 75th year, we take a look back at some of the famous performers who have graced our studios. Read More

Harry Leake, far left, and Fred Rowles, center, in Zimbabwe, 1992.

For retired church producer, success meant changed lives

J. Fred Rowles worked in 44 countries as a producer for United Methodist Communications. “I love the interaction between brother and sister people of the faith.” Read More

1944 General Conference press

Progressing technology strengthens an innovative agency

From the manual typewriters of the 1940s to today's sleek hand-held devices, United Methodist Communications has a track record of embracing new technologies. Read More

Methodists take to the tube

Even before NBC’s colorful peacock logo debuted in 1956, the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission was producing TV shows. Read More