The UMC in Romania

After the political changes of 1989/1990, various mission activities led to the birth of many independent churches. Some of them even called themselves Methodists. But this Methodist work was discontinued almost everywhere.

The roots of the current UMC go back to 1995, when an independent missionary from the USA with United Methodist background went to Cluj-Napoca. Together with his wife he ministered to the people in this area, set up homegroups, distributed medicines and food, while bringing the good news by doing all this.

The Romanian leaders of the churches in Miceşti and in Cluj kept in touch with him after his return to the USA in 2006. It then became obvious that for sustainability and future growth the churches should look for a church home.

After visits, conversations and prayerful consideration they decided in 2011 to join the UMC. In 2014 a third church was established in the city of Sibiu. The village ministry around Cluj-Napoca, including diaconal activities and humanitarian aid, is still a very important part of the work and provides many opportunities to preach the Gospel and to put love into action.

Statistical Information

Population: 21.9 millions
Area: 238,391 km2
Capital: Bucharest
UM congregations: 3
Professing members: 30
Active Clergy: 2

(March 2017)

First Ordination of a Romanian United Methodist Pastor

The first ordination of a Romanian United Methodist elder took place on Sunday, March 25, 2018, and was one of the highlights of the 2018 session of the Annual Conference Bulgaria-Romania.


Worship as a Means of Grace

The 65th meeting of Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference took place from March 30 to April 2, 2017, in Pleven (Bulgaria).

Multifaceted Unity

«Unity in Diversity» ran like a common thread through this year’s meeting of the Annual Conference Bulgaria-Romania, which took place from March 31 to April 3 in Varna.