The Western PA Annual Conference

Baldwin Community United Methodist Church is part of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference which is made up of approximately 800 local churches in 23 counties. The annual conference serves as a connection between the worldwide United Methodist Church and the congregations in the region.

Led by Bishop Cynthia Moore Koikoi, the annual 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 in June of each year. The Bishop is assisted by a "cabinet" of 10 district superintendents, who each oversee 60 to 70 churches in a geographic area within the annual conference, and an annual conference staff.  Baldwin is part of the Pittsburgh District and the Rev. Dawn Hand is our district superintendent.

The mission of the Western PA Annual Conference is to provide leadership, connection and resources to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The annual conference's vision is to ignite and sustain a passionate, spiritual connection with Christ among all people in Western Pennsylvania.

The core value of the annual conference 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

The Western PA Annual Conference is committed to working and cooperating 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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