The mission and ministry of the 641 churches of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church are driven by a vision of becoming fully alive in Christ and making a difference in a diverse and ever-changing world.
The conference is the birthplace of American Methodism. Its 170,887 members are located in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the panhandle of West Virginia. It also has two churches in Bermuda.
Each Sunday, more than 63,040 United Methodists gather in this region for worship. Throughout the week, more than 75,000 people participate in local church ministries. Statistics indicate that 1,078,430 people are served by local United Methodist ministries of outreach, justice and mercy.
The Baltimore-Washington Conference is one of the most diverse in the denomination. Twenty-two percent of its members are African American. It also has Hispanic, Korean, Mizo, Chinese and Indian congregations and partnerships with conferences in Zimbabwe, South Korea and Russia.
The conference is led by Bishop Marcus Matthews who is assisted by eight district superintendents and a conference staff, who have their headquarters at the BWC Mission Center in Fulton, Md.
Bishop Matthews presides over the conference’s annual session, which is held each year in May. Each local church elects a lay member to serve at this conference along with their pastor. At the annual conference, the conference sets is policies and priorities and adopts a budget for the coming year. The conference’s budget is $17.3 million.