Ethnic Ministries History

In 2014 the Commission on Archives and History began an initiative to preserve and honor the history of ethnic churches in the New York Annual Conference.

Chinese Ministries

At the 2015 Annual Conference the Commission presented a plaque to Chinese United Methodist Church in Manhattan, the oldest Chinese church in the New York Annual Conference. 

CUMC was organized in 1966, but the history of Methodist mission to Chinese immigrants in New York City goes back much further.The first ministry to Chinese immigrants began at Five Points Mission in the 1870s, and there was also a Chinese mission at the Church of All Nations from 1904 to the mid-1930s. 

To learn more, read about the history of Chinese United Methodist Church in our Newsletter. You can also download and view a PowerPoint presentation* on the history of CUMC and Chinese ministries in the NYAC. 

Hispanic Ministries

At the 2014 Annual Conference session, the CAH honored the two oldest Hispanic Methodist churches in the New York Annual Conference: Immanuel First Spanish (Brooklyn) and First Spanish (Manhattan).

Although the first Spanish-speaking Methodist church was organized in Brooklyn in 1893 with nine members, it was not until the early 1920s that Spanish work began to take hold in Brooklyn and in Manhattan. Over the years Methodist Hispanic work has served congregations with members from many different Spanish speaking countries. As populations have shifted, we have seen church closings and new church starts, but there remain today many United Methodist churches in our Conference whose primary membership is Hispanic, serving people of various nationalities and heritage.

To learn more, read about the history of First Spanish (Manhattan) and Immanuel First Spanish (Brooklyn) in our Newsletter. you can also download and view a PowerPoint presentation* on the history of First Spanish (Manhattan) and Immanuel First Spanish (Brooklyn).

* PLEASE NOTE: The PowerPoint presentations on this page are self-running and will download to your computer (be patient, as it may take a minute or so). You can use the "Enter" or arrow keys to advance to the next screen and click the "Esc" key to close the presentation at any time. If you do not have PowerPoint on your computer, you can download the PowerPoint viewer program (when you reach the page, click "Download" and follow the instructions as they appear on your screen).