ARCHIVES OF THE SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Preserving and Celebrating Our United Methodist Heritage in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania
On Line Data Bases
Pennsylvania United Brethren Pastors. Click on the first letter of the surname to enter the file of all the pastors for that letter. The instructions file gives information about this project, the dates at which various conference boundary changes occurred, and detailed bibliographic references.
UNITED BRETHREN IN CHRIST
The United Brethren in Christ
denomination was officially formed in 1800.
The original Conference included appointments in
This list takes the view that the original United Brethren Conference developed into the Pennsylvania Conference and that other conferences were created from it as described in the notes below. Accordingly, all references not marked otherwise refer to the Original/Pennsylvania Conference.
(1) The following conferences were split off from the Pennsylvania Conference as indicated, and their pastors and circuits prior to the given date are included as part of the Pennsylvania Conference.
pastors with no post-1830 Pennsylvania Conference connections do not appear in the list.
1839 Allegheny Conference
Maryland Conference was formed in 1887 from the Virginia Conference, and in
1902 the Maryland Conference merged back into the Pennsylvania Conference.
1869, the strictly German congregations were set apart to form the East German
Conference. The conference was
officially named East German (1869 -1877), Eastern (1877-1881), East German
(1881-1897), Eastern (1897-1901). In
1901 it merged into East Pennsylvania Conference, with the work north and west
of the Susquehanna River merging into the Allegheny Conference and the
(4) In general, the list attempts to
include every pastor who was licensed by, ordained by, or served a church
(5) The United Brethren and Evangelical
denominations merged in 1946 to create the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB)
Church, but separate overlapping conferences were maintained for several
years. In the 1950s and 1960s, the remaining former United Brethren
conferences [Allegheny, Pennsylvania, East Pennsylvania] merged with their
former Evangelical counterparts to form new EUB conferences. In 1970
those EUB conferences merged with their former Methodist counterparts to form
new United Methodist conferences. This list follows the former United
Brethren pastors from the Allegheny, East Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania
Conferences through their new conferences, but does not add any new
pastors. Pastors entering the present conference boundaries after 1964
are given in the Susquehanna Conference files [currently under construction].
The 1968 Miller-Raker
history, pages 338-366, identifies chronologically 819 known members of the
Pennsylvania Conference during its official existence 1789-1964. For each person, that volume gives the
available dates for birth, licensing, ordination, death, etc. The 1931
1965-1969 Susquehanna Conference (EUB/UM)
2011- Susquehanna Conference
Most of the information in this list comes from the official conference minutes/journals but the appointments do not appear regularly in the minutes until 1831, and then only for the itinerants and not the local pastors. In general, conferences did not publish their journals until the 1860s. Prior to that, only hand-written records exist. The translated/transcribed 1800-1869 minutes for the Original/Pennsylvania Conference were reproduced in two mimeographed volumes in 1958, and page numbers for those years refer to that readily available work. Early translated/transcribed minutes of the Allegheny Conference are available on microfilm, but the pages are not numbered. No translation/transcription of East Pennsylvania Conference minutes exist, but microfilm copies of the original handwritten minutes are available.
Information supplementing the conference journals was obtained primarily from local church materials and the following conference histories:
1921 History of the
1931 History of the Allegheny Conference by
1939 History of the
1951 History of the
1968 History of the Pennsylvania and
Other helpful information appears in the following books:
1897 Minutes of United Brethren Conferences 1800-1818 by Drury
1908 Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the United Brethren in Christ 1819-1824 by Weaver
1947 Lebanon Valley College Bulletin vol 36, no 2: Alumni Register 1870-1947