About Our Conference

The Western Pennsylvania Conference is made up of about 800 local churches in 23 counties. The Conference serves as a connection between the worldwide United Methodist Church and the congregations in the region.

Led by a resident Bishop, the Conference is governed both by the denomination's Book of Discipline and actions agreed on by clergy and lay representatives of its local churches who meet each in an Annual Conference session. The Bishop is assisted by a "cabinet" of 10 district superintendents, who each oversee 60 to 70 churches in a geographic area within the Conference, and a Conference staff



  • Our Mission is to provide leadership, connection and resources to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  • Our vision is to ignite and sustain a passionate, spiritual connection with Christ among all people in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Our Core Value is love. We love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength and our neighbors as ourselves. This value is commanded by Jesus, inspired by our Wesleyan heritage including to spread scriptural holiness over the land, and witnessed through our integrity, accountability and inclusiveness.
    Photo by Dean Ziegler
    Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, seated at center, and 2016-17 Cabinet


Reports from Annual Conference Sessions and other historical documents 

United Methodist beliefs