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The Free Methodist Church is a denomination of Methodism, which is a branch of Protestantism. It was founded in 1860 in New York's Burned-over district by a group, led by B. T. Roberts, who was defrocked in the Methodist Episcopal Church for criticisms of the spiritual laxness of the church hierarchy. The Free Methodists are so named because they believed it was improper to charge for better seats in pews closer to the pulpit. They also opposed slavery and supported freedom for all slaves in the United States, while many Methodists in the South at that time did not actively oppose slavery. Beyond that, they advocated "freedom" from secret societies, which had allegedly undermined parts of the Methodist Episcopal Church. An example would be Free Masons. The Methodist movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity. ... Protestantism is a movement within Christianity, representing a splitting away from the Roman Catholic Church during the mid-to-late Renaissance in Europe —a period known as the Protestant Reformation. ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... Official language(s) English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... The Burned-Over District was a name given by evangelist Charles Grandison Finney to an area in western New York State in the United States of America. ... Benjamin Titus Roberts (1823–1893), first trained as an attorney, then entered the ministry in the Genesee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church of New York State. ... The Methodist Episcopal Church, sometimes referred to as the M.E. Church, officially began at the Baltimore Christmas Conference in 1784. ... The Buxton Memorial Fountain, celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, London. ... The U.S. Southern states or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ...

At first the church consisted of many former Methodist Episcopal people who had been actively involved in the Underground Railroad just prior to the American Civil War, which had sought to aid escaped slaves gain safety and freedom in Canada. Some of the stations are still centers of Free Methodist activity today, such as North Chili, New York, site of present-day Roberts Wesleyan College, a Free Methodist school named after the founder. From there fugitive slaves were taken to Lake Ontario and boated across to Canada. Another Underground Railroad site was Pekin, New York, near the Niagara River, where slaves also crossed. This tiny town was the site of a Holiness camp meeting, as well, and the site of the organizational conference of the church in 1860. The denomination also has numerous churches in the Midwest, some of the oldest ones also being in communities that were abolitionist centers and Underground Railroad stops along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Map of some Underground Railroad routes This page is about the slave escape route. ... The American Civil War (1861–1865) was fought in North America between the United States of America, called the Union and the Confederate States of America, a new nation formed by 11 seceding states. ... Chili is a town located in Monroe County, New York. ... Founded in 1866 by Benjamin Titus Roberts as Chili Seminary, the school is known today as Roberts Wesleyan College, in honor of John Wesley founder of Methodism, and Roberts, founder of the Free Methodist Church. ... Lake Ontario seen from near Wolcott, New York Lake Ontario, bounded on the north by Ontario and on the south by Ontarios Niagara Peninsula and by New York State, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. ... The Niagara River flows to the north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. ... The holiness movement is composed of people who believe and propagate the belief that the carnal nature of man can be cleansed through faith and by the power of the Holy Spirit if one has had his sins forgiven through faith in Jesus. ... Camp meetings were a phenomenon of American frontier Christianity. ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... This poster depicting the horrific conditions on slave ships was influential in mobilizing public opinion against slavery in the United Kingdom and the United States. ... Sunset on Lake Michigan Another sunset along the lake. ...

Today, the Free Methodist Church is considered to be a part of Evangelical Protestant Christianity, and its theology is similar to that of the Wesleyan Church, the Church of the Nazarene and other Holiness churches. Members have traditionally abstained from alcohol and tobacco, but many today drink in moderation. The denomination is more conservative, smaller and not as well organized as the United Methodist Church. Many young church planters are also starting emerging church ministries. The word evangelicalism usually refers to a tendency in diverse branches of Protestantism, typified by an emphasis on evangelism, a personal experience of conversion, biblically-oriented faith, and a belief in the relevance of Christian faith to cultural issues. ... Theology is reasoned discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). It can also refer to the study of other religious topics. ... The Wesleyan Church in America (formerly Wesleyan Methodist) was officially formed in 1843 at an organizing conference in Utica, New York, as a group of ministers and laymen splitting from the Methodist Episcopal Church, primarily over the issue of slavery, though they had secondary issues as well. ... The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant denomination within the broad tradition of Methodism. ... Holiness is the state of being holy, that is, set apart for the worship or service of God or gods. ... Bottles of cachaça, a Brazilian alcoholic beverage. ... Species N. glauca N. longiflora N. rustica N. sylvestris N. tabacum Ref: ITIS 30562 as of August 26, 2005 Tobacco (, L.) refers to a genus of broad-leafed plants of the nightshade family indigenous to North and South America, or to the dried and cured leaves of such plants. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Light and Life is the official magazine of the Free Methodist Church in the United States. It has about 77,000 members in the United States and an average attendance of 105,000 at its Sunday services. Worldwide its membership is well over 700,000 with large segments of membership in the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Brazil. A collection of magazines A magazine is a periodical publication containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising and/or purchase by readers. ...

The denomination currently maintains the following educational institutions: Roberts Wesleyan College, Spring Arbor University, Greenville College, Central Christian College, Azusa Pacific University, and Seattle Pacific University. Founded in 1866 by Benjamin Titus Roberts as Chili Seminary, the school is known today as Roberts Wesleyan College, in honor of John Wesley founder of Methodism, and Roberts, founder of the Free Methodist Church. ... Spring Arbor University, located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, is an evangelical Protestant university affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, with professional, and graduate studies for about 2,500 students. ... Greenville College is located in Greenville, Illinois, a small (population 6500) southern Illinois city, located some 45 miles from St. ... Central Christian College of Kansas (founded 1884), an evangelical Christian college embracing the Wesleyan tradition, is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. ... Azusa Pacific University is a private Christian university located in Azusa, California. ... Seattle Pacific College, 1915. ...

The Free Methodist Church's highest governing body is the World Conference which is composed of representatives, both lay and clergy, from all countries with a Free Methodist presence. The church currently has ministry in 72 countries around the world. These are:

Africa Botswana Burundi Cameroon Democratic Republic of Congo Egypt Ethiopia Gabon Ghana Kenya Liberia Malawi Middle East Mozambique Nigeria Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

Asia Australia Cambodia Hong Kong India Japan Malaysia Myanmar Nepal Philippines South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand

Europe Belgium France Greece Hungary Portugal Romania Spain Ukraine United Kingdom

Latin America Antigua Argentina Bahamas Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador French Guiana Haiti Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Puerto Rico Uruguay Venezuela

North America Canada United States

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  Results from FactBites:
About Us: Minneapolis First Free Methodist Church (452 words)
We are part of the Free Methodist Church of North America denomination, whose world ministries center is in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Free Methodists trace their heritage back to original Methodism as led by its founder, John Wesley.
Varieties of worship styles may found from church to church, yet, the heart of worship is to glorify God and receive Biblical instruction.
Encyclopedia: Free Methodist Church (1578 words)
The Methodist heritage is shown in theological, ecclesiastical and social concerns articulated by the Revered John Wesley and his associates in the eighteenth century and reaffirmed through the holiness movement of the nineteenth.
Free Methodists are committed to the task of understanding the most important needs of persons, institutions, and varying cultures so that it may minister meaningfully and redemptively to them.
Free Methodists are aware of the demonic forces in the world which debase men, pervert the good, and lead men and institutions to ruin.
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