The Western PA Conference


Baldwin Community United Methodist Church is part of The Western Pennsylvania Conference, that 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 resident Bishop Cynthia Moore Koikoi, 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.  Baldwin is part of the Pittsburgh District and the Rev. Dawn Hand is our District Superintendent.

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.

Five Areas of Focus

Our belief is that God will make a significant difference in our world and church if we work in committed and cooperative ways around these five areas of focus: Developing Principled Christian Leaders, Creating New and Renewed Congregations, Engaging in ministry with the poor, Improving health globally, and Dismantling Racism

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