Our History

Celebrating 80 years of communications ministry

Communication has changed dramatically during the United Methodist Communications’ storied history, the seed of which began 80 years ago at the Uniting Conference of 1939, where bishops voiced the need for more effective communication.

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This billboard on Airline Drive in New Orleans, a part of the United Methodist Church's "Igniting Ministry" campaign, helped provide a message of comfort and strength during difficult times as Americans deal with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington. (A UMNS photo by Kathy C. Fitzhugh.)
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Communications

United Methodist advertising: A retrospective

Over the years, United Methodist ads share hope, healing and invitation.

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Joseph Tunda Museu, the budget coordinator of the Central Congo Eliscopal Area, has been able to stay efficient thanks to internet connectivity and Zoom provided by the Global Communications Technologies team. (Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications)
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Communications

Global communications technology provides essential support to churches

Team equips United Methodists to share life-saving and life-changing messages throughout the world.

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RCA artist Libby Horne recording session at Television, Radio, and Film Commission of the Methodist Church, (TRAFCO), Nashville, 1955 - 1957. RCA then rented this studio and office space from the Methodist Church. L-R: KWTO announcer Joe Slattery, Horne, Chet Atkins, Foggy River Boys member Charlie Hodge (hand on chest), guitarist Homer Haynes, pianist Floyd Cramer in foreground, Foggy River Boys members Earl Taylor and Monty Matthews. Photo by Elmer Williams/Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum/Getty Images.
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Communications and Marketing

If these walls could talk

United Methodist Communications’ state-of-the-art production studios have hosted dozens of musicians, television actors and movie stars for both United Methodist-related projects and secular ones

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A 45-foot-high billboard in the Wall Street district of Manhattan was erected in November 2001, just two blocks from ground zero, to offer passersby a word of encouragement from United Methodists.
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Communications

Outreach in modern times

A 45-foot-high billboard in the Wall Street district of Manhattan was erected in November 2001, just two blocks from ground zero, to offer passersby a word of encouragement from United Methodists.

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The newsroom at the 1988 General Conference in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications.
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Communications

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.

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	Tim Tanton, chief news and information officer for United Methodist Communications, shares updates with African communicators during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Directors of UMCom met to listen to concerns and share information. (Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News)
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Communications

I love to tell the story: UM News offers global look at UMC

With reporters across the globe – reporting in five languages – the team is uniquely positioned to tell the global story of how the UMC is giving the hope of Jesus throughout the world.

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