Ethnic Minority & Indigenous Peoples Ministries

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Middle Tennessee is home to one of our country’s most ethnically and culturally diverse populations.

As of the 2010 US Census nearly 1 in 20 Tennesseans is foreign-born. And ethnic minority populations are growing all the time. Added to that are large populations of life-long Tennessean who are African-American, Hispanic/Latino American, Native American, Asian American, and scores of others who represent a unique ethnic and cultural heritage.

United Methodists of Middle TN are almost as diverse. As the Tennessee Conference of The UMC, we have persons and teams linking ministries with many ethnic minority populations and congregations. Your involvement is invited and welcomed into any specific area. Our aim is to discover, equip, connect, and send lay and clergy leaders who shape congregations that offer Jesus Christ to a hurting world one neighborhood at a time.

We further want to build the capacity of ethnic specific and multicultural congregations and faith-communities to grow disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Current conference leadership in these areas:

Hispanic American – Myriam Cortes & Carlos Uroza

Native American – Mary T Newman, Pat Bryan, & Debbie Fitzhugh

Pacific Island – Apelu Po’e

Leadership for African American, Asian American and Middle Eastern areas to be added.

Interfaith Dialogue & Relations

Wesleyan people have always sought to be in positive and cooperation relationship with all other Christian denominations and religions. Middle TN represents a widely diverse spectrum of denominations and religions. The pluralistic nature of our society calls for more dialogue and understand among persons of all faiths. For more information of how to be involved, contact: Emily & Nick Chrisohon


Ethnic Local Church Concerns Team

Chair: Vivian Martin

Sophia Agtarap                Eric Little
Myriam Cortes                 Sharlet Panhalkar
Seonwoong Hwang         Vona Wilson