The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is made up of 1,032 clergy and 164,779 lay members in 632 churches in Maryland, Washington, D.C., the panhandle of West Virginia and Bermuda.

Each Sunday, more than 59,231 United Methodists gather in this region for worship. Throughout the week, more than 210,238 people participate in local church ministries. Statistics indicate that in 2015, 1,325,311 people are served by local United Methodist ministries of outreach, justice and mercy.

As a connectional church, the Baltimore-Washington Conference joins in ministry with 12 million United Methodists in churches around the world.

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is to become fully alive in Christ and make a difference in a diverse and ever-changing world. The mission of the Baltimore Washington Conference is to inspire and equip local faith communities to develop disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Conference Leadership and Staff

The BWC is led by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and Lay Leader Delores Martin. The conference staff of more than 50 people does its ministry at the BWC’s Mission Center.

Regions and Districts

Learn about each of the BWC’s four regions and eight districts:

Baltimore Region: Baltimore Metropolitan District, Baltimore Suburban District

Southern Region: Annapolis District, Washington East District

Washington Region: Central Maryland District, Greater Washington District

Western Region: Cumberland-Hagerstown District, Frederick District 

Archives and History

Baltimore is the birthplace of The United Methodist Church in the New World. Methodism officially began in America in 1784, when Bishops Francis Asbury, Thomas Coke and 60 pastors met at Lovely Lane Meeting House in Baltimore to organize a church that would shape the identity of a new nation. This region was also the cradle of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Read more.

Conference Offices