At the Texas Annual Conference session on Saturday, Dec. 3, delegates voted to ratify the disaffiliation of 294 churches, Marvin included. This was the last step in the process. On Jan. 1, 2023, Marvin will be known as Marvin Methodist Church, a Global Methodist Community.  

Signage, hymnals, e-mail addresses and our website address will be in transition over the coming weeks. 

To learn more about our new denomination, visit globalmethodist.org.

To learn about our new Annual Conference, visit etxgmc.org.

Familiar churches you may know that will be part of the GMC: Dayspring, Lane’s Chapel, St. Paul’s, First Chandler, First Bullard, First Jacksonville

Some churches comparable in size and resources to Marvin: Kingwood, Christ Church College Station, First Conroe

All Marvin clergy are joining the GMC denomination with Marvin. The new denomination has established benefits (clergy joining new medical plan, pension plans remaining with Wespath).

GMC Transitional Connectional Officer Keith Boyette answered questions about the denomination at our last discernment educational follow-up meeting. Watch the video below. 

Additional helpful information:

  • Lakeview is in conversation about offering one week of summer camp to GMC churches. Many Wesley Center college pastors are joining the GMC to ensure that campus ministry continues.
  • The Eastern Texas Conference will have its convening conference Feb. 2-4.
  • A Welcome Tour event will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Marvin so area church members can learn more about the new Annual Conference as we celebrate in worship, connect with each other and serve (take nominations for presiding elders and discuss other opportunities to be in service with the new denomination).

It is hoped that those unhappy with the decision to leave the UMC will remain at Marvin and join us in the new future. For those wishing to stay in the UMC, there are District and Annual Conference efforts being made to assist with this.

  • Oasis Network: Current District Superintendent Rev. Charles Anderson is establishing the Oasis Network with East Texas churches to provide a temporary resting place for church memberships while persons determine their next church home.
  • Every Thursday at 7 p.m., the Texas Annual Conference will host Zoom meetings for those desiring to be a part of a group during this time of transition.