Valley & Mountain Fellowship is part of a network known as the United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Church traces its roots to the ministry of John Wesley in Britain in the 1700′s. Wesley was troubled by what he perceived as a lack of authenticity in people’s spiritual lives and an unwillingness of the established church to challenge injustice. So, he traveled the country, organizing interested persons into small groups committed to pursuing deep intimacy with God and working for Jesus’ vision of a just and caring society. Those small groups of people continued to expand and eventually became a new denomination known as the Methodist Church.
After uniting with other similar denominations, it become known as The United Methodist Church. The UMC is organized by region into networks known as “annual conferences” (because we get together annually at a big conference). Valley & Mountain Fellowship is part of the Pacific Northwest Conference.