History of United Methodism

Welcome to the History of the Louisiana Annual Conference Archives of the United Methodist Church. This web site will present information on the history of United Methodism, especially in this Conference.

  • 1806-2006: 200 Years of Methodism in Louisiana
  • New Orleans Christian Advocate
  • Southwestern Christian Advocate
  • Some Early MEC Pastors
  • 1861 Diary of Rev. Robert T. Parish
  • Retention Schedules: Annual Conference - Districts - Local Church
  • GCAH Recommendations for Records Retention
  • 300th Anniversary of John Wesley's Birth
  • 1847 Louisiana Conference Journal
  • The transcription of the Journal from the first Louisiana Annual Conference held in January 1847.
  • 19th Century Pastors Photo Gallery
  • LA UM Churches Closed in the last 3 decades
  • Historical Development Timeline
  • The historical development of the branches of Methodism since 1784.
  • Dillard University Repository
  • Here is an online inventory of the items at Dillard University in New Orleans. The bulk of the collection deals with former Conference "B" churches that evolved out of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • Excerpts on Louisiana Conference History
  • Here are a couple of selections taken from Nathan Bangs' classic History of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which is available in its entirety online at Christian Classics Etheral Library.
  • A Concise History of the Louisiana Conference
  • This is a short version of the history of the conference.
  • List of Louisiana UM Local Church Histories at the Archives
  • At a couple of occasions (1976, 1984), Louisiana Conference churches have been urged to send in copy of their local church history. This online list shows the local church histories on file at the archives as of summer 1997.
  • Methodism Along the Bayou
  • An online version of the book about the history of Methodism in the Houma-Terrebonne area. It includes information on surrounding ministries, such as the MacDonell Home and the Dulac Indian Mission.

Pastors in Louisiana United Methodist History

  • James Axley, followed Bowman and built the first Methodist church in Louisiana
  • Learner Blackman, first presiding elder over Louisiana
  • Elisha Bowman, the first minister assigned to Louisiana
  • W. Scott Chinn
  • Daniel DeVinne,
  • Lorenzo Dow, the first minister (connected to the Methodist Church) to preach in Louisiana
  • Robert Harp , served the LA Conference from its inception for seven decades
  • Martin Hebert, pioneer of the French mission field of south Louisiana
  • Pierre Landry
  • Anatole Martin, pioneer local preacher of the French mission field of south Louisiana
  • Richmond Nolley, pioneer of Louisiana Methodism
  • Lewis Reed, early circuit rider of the 1800s
  • Joshua Soule, bishop when the LA Conference began
  • William Winans, prominant minister of MS & LA for the first half of the 19th century
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