The United Methodist Union of Greater Detroit is about mission. Our purpose is to empower our congregations and mission agencies to serve their communities. As a mission agency, we provide funding to mission centers that minister to the least, the last, and the lost of our society.

We serve United Methodist Church congregations of the Greater Detroit District of the Michigan Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, approximately the geographic area south of M-59 and east of I-275, and from the east side from New Baltimore to the city of Monroe.

The United Methodist Union is led by Executive Director Rev. Carol Johns, assisted by talented staff, Executive Committee, committee chairpersons and committed volunteers.

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Client selecting clothing at Baldwin CenterOrganized in 1919 to serve immigrants, the United Methodist Union has adapted to the changing needs of the metropolitan Detroit area in its over 80 year history.

From building churches for ethnic groups and operating missions centers in the 1920’s, to its current focus on capacity building, grant writing, and growth through consolidation, the United Methodist Union continues to assist programs and develop strategies to engage our culture with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Connected to the Past. Creating the Future Together. Leaving a Legacy.

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Ephraim T., Motown Mission Intern