UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, or United Methodists, and English Nonconformist community formed in 1907 by the union of the Methodist New Connexion (1797), the Bible Christians (1815), and the United Methodist Free Churches (18J7).
Wesley and his helpers, finding the Anglican churches closed against them, took to preaching in the open air; and this method is still followed, more or less, in the aggressive evangelistic work of all the Methodist Churches.
In 1822 a Methodist missionary had arrived in the island, and others followed.
In October 1768, a Methodist chapel was opened in New York.
The settlement here, gathering about the Methodist mission and school, began to grow in the decade 1840-1850.